One of the many things I love about my various speaking engagements, book signings, and library events is the people I meet who share a similar passion for their backyard birds! Last week I had the pleasure of meeting DeAnn Zwight, who shared with me her DIY “Boid Goo” recipe. It sounds fantastic and here’s all that’s involved!
- Bring 6 ½ cups water to a boil, while heating up ADD 1 cup vegetable shortening
- Meanwhile, in a separate bowl mix together these dry ingredients: ½ cup flour, 2 cups cornmeal, and 1 cup sugar
- After the water has come to a boil and the shortening has disintegrated, WHISK in the dry ingredients
- If you like, add seeds, nuts, raisins, etc.
- TURN OFF HEAT, cover and cool
- When cool put into containers (use old commercial suet containers, but round cottage cheese containers partially filled will work too).
- FREEZE overnight, then put out for the “boids”.
Wow! Doesn’t that sound yummy? And it’s simple enough for even someone like me to try. LOVE THAT! And the birds love it too; take a look at the pictures here (all taken by DeAnn) of her backyard birds eating up her “boid goo”.
And, if you need some ideas for household items that can be used to pour suet into, try some of these:
- Baker’s Tin Foil Bake Cups
- When you purchase a suet cake, reuse the container that it came in
- Small bread loaf pans lined with plastic wrap or foil for easy removal
- Margarine containers
- Any size baking/pie pans (when suet cools, cut into squares)
Easy peasy, as my husband likes to say! Lol. Thanks for sharing this DeAnn!