It is once again that time of year for these wonderful little visitors. This is a recipe that could not be easier to make and with things you always have on hand. Sugar and good old tap water.
What could be easier and more frugal than that right?
We love hummingbirds at our house and we have quite a few feeders. Sometimes it takes a while for them to empty them and sometimes they just clean them out at a breakneck pace. This year the little buggers have been powering through the food quickly. I cannot keep up with them using the store bought food so I decided to whip up my own. This basic recipe is for a 4 to 1 ratio which is close to the nectar found in a flower.
Recipe: 3 parts water to 1 part sugar
I usually start with 3 cups water and 1 cup sugar as my ratio if I only have one feeder to fill up. If I have to fill more than one feeder, I double it and use 6 cups water and 2 cups sugar.
Boil the water add the sugar to the boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Boil the whole mixture for about 2 minutes. This will boil out any chlorine or impurities in the water that might make it spoil quicker. Don’t boil longer than this because then it boils away too much of the water and raises the sugar content and this will cause it to ferment quicker and it is also a higher concentration than what is naturally found in the flower nectar.
After you have boiled it for 2 minutes, remove from heat and let it sit and cool before you put it your feeders. If you have any leftover, just store it in an airtight container until you need to refill your feeders. If you really want to be frugal, take an empty liter soda bottle, clean it out thoroughly and use it for any leftover “nectar” that you have made. Store it in your fridge until your feeders are empty. That way you will be always be ready for the hungry hoard! The homemade nectar will start to turn cloudy in the feeders when it needs to be changed.
Sit back and watch the hummingbirds fly!