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Q: how to make home made birdseed cakes and wreaths ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: how to make home made birdseed cakes and wreaths
Category: Family and Home > Food and Cooking
Asked by: 1mike1-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 06 Nov 2004 19:32 PST
Expires: 06 Dec 2004 19:32 PST
Question ID: 425544
looking for the "glue" that is used , all the packages say in the
ingredence say gelatin but how much ? like what is the recepe ? i've
tried 2 batches and cannot get the gelatin to "stick like glue" and it
didnt dry , any idea how the professionals do it ?
Subject: Re: how to make home made birdseed cakes and wreaths
Answered By: tlspiegel-ga on 06 Nov 2004 20:25 PST
Hi 1mike1,

Thank you for a very interesting question.  

Protein-rich gelatin is very nutritiou when used for making homemade
birdseed treats for wildbirds.


Holiday Treats for Wild Birds - Birdseed and Fruit Mixture - Edible Glue

3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, 3 Tbsp. corn syrup (add package of plain
Knox gelatin for extra holding power if necessary).

Add 4 cups birdseed and peanuts, fruits, berries, raisins, or anything
else the birds enjoy.


using gelatin as glue

Put a little water in a container which can take the heat and sprinkle
on some gelatine.  Wait a few moments and if there is still some free
water, sprinkle on more gelatine.

When all the water has been absorbed by the gelatine set the container
on a sand bath on an electric or gas burner and warm it up until it
is dissolved.

If that is too thick, simply stir in some more water.

Since I generally make only small batches of glue at a time I use a
custard dish.  My sand bath is just an old 8mm film can full of sand.

I take the lid off and set the container in the sand.  When the glue
is liquid I turn the heat off and let it set on the hot sand while
I use it.

When I'm done I pour any remaing glue out on an old Melmac (hard
plastic) plate and let it dry.  When it's dry I pop it off and store
it in a Zip Loc bag until I need some more glue.  If you don't
overheat it, you can re-use the glue a few times.


How to Make Glue

Basic Waterproof Glue 

6 tbsp water 
2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.) 
2 tbsp white vinegar 
2 tsp glycerine 

Bring water to a boil. 
Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it is dissolved. 
Add vinegar and glycerin and stir well. Let the mixture cool slightly
and pour into a jar and seal tightly.

To Use: 

This glue is best applied while warm. 
Apply to surfaces using a brush. Glue will gel after a few days. 
To re-use, warm by placing the jar in a pan of hot water. 
Good for binding leather to leather, fabrics to cardboard, paper to paper. 


Seed Cakes

"This recipe uses gelatin instead of fat to hold together seeds. These
cakes work great in warm weather too because they do not melt or turn
rancid. Combine one ounce of unflavored gelatin and  cup of water in
a sauce pan over low heat. Stir until the gelatin is completely
dissolved. Then add 1  cups of any combination of seeds the birds in
your yard enjoy. Try half and half black oil sunflower and safflower
seeds. Mix well, until all seeds are coated with gelatin. Pack the
mixture firmly into a plastic container and chill until solid. Use
molds in the shapes of stars, wreaths, trees, or other holiday shapes
to make festive ornaments or tree toppers. Once the cake is removed
from the mold, it's ready for the birds."


FRETS.COM Tips & Tricks

"Hide glue and animal gelatin are one and the same. Only thing is,
edible gelatin has a gel strength up around 350 grams. That means it
is particularly important to keep the parts warm when you glue up, so
that the glue stays liquid before you apply clamping pressure."

See photos and directions


How to Make Mini-Birdseed Wreaths


How to Make a Birdseed Wreath

Holiday Treats for the Tweets


keywords used:

gelatin glue birdseed recipe


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