1 cup shortening

1 cup cornmeal

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

jute or string

  1. 1.

    In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the jute or string.

  2. 2.

    Form the mixture into five patties, place on a plate, and freeze for 3 hours.

  3. 3.

    Wrap and tie a piece of jute or string around each patty like you were wrapping a gift box (see photograph). Then tie a length of jute or string to each and attach the bird food to tree branches.

Food for the Birds

Photograph by Christina Smith