This week’s recpie will be a little different than we are used to. In fact it’s not even for us humans.
Aside from being a Chef, I also find myself intrested in gardening and I am a general appreciator of all things created by Mother Nature.
Which brings me to this simple, inexpensive recpie for Humming Bird nectar.
To start I would recomend having a proper Humming Bird feeder purchased from a Garden Center or Department Store. Expensive or inexpensive, doesn’t really matter… the Humming Birds will come. Although I will recomend buying one that is red in color as that color attracts Humming Birds the best. Most commercial Humming Bird nectars have red dye in them but we don’t need to give our little amazing friends any chemicals so we will leave dye out of the equation… therefore a red color on the feeder will help to attract the birds. Nectars purchased at the store can also be expensive and our recpie is a fraction of the cost!!
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
1 part sugar/4 parts water
Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.
Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.
Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which have no nutritional value.
You will need to clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society, this should be done by rinsing with one part white vinegar to four parts water. If the feeder is dirty, try adding a few grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution to help scrub it clean. Follow the vinegar wash by rinsing three times with clear, warm water before refilling with sugar solution.
The image here is of my own Humming Bird feeder and we get visitors all day, every day during the Spring and Summer months here at Camp!!