There seems to be something magical about hummingbirds. Draw them to your yard this summer with a hummingbird feeder. I made hummingbird food in my pressure cooker all last summer. So this year, I thought it would be fun to do a post on How To Make Hummingbird Food In the Pressure Cooker.
How To Make Hummingbird Food In the Pressure Cooker
Hummingbird food is super easy to make, and making it in the pressure cooker is even easier. When you make hummingbird food in the pressure cooker you don’t even have to stir to dissolve the sugar. You just put the ingredients in and walk away until you’re ready to fill your hummingbird feeder.
I like to make more hummingbird food than I’ll need to fill the feeder. Then I just store it in the fridge until the hummingbird feeder needs to be refilled, generally every couple of days.
What Type of Sugar To Use
You want to use regular granulated sugar – just regular every day sugar. Granulate sugar when mixed with water is similar to natural nectar.
You want to use a 1:4 ratio. One part sugar to 4 parts water. I use 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water.
Don’t use natural or raw sugars because they may contain iron that could be harmful to hummingbirds. Don’t use honey because fungus can grown in the water.
I like to cook the hummingbird food in my Instant Pot Mini Duo, because the pot fits easily in the dishwasher. However, you can make it in any brand or size of pressure cooker.
Should I Put Red Dye In My Hummingbird Food
People use to add red food coloring to their hummingbird food to attract more hummingbirds. However, red coloring is not necessary and may contain chemicals that are harmful to the birds.
So skip the red food coloring.
It’s nice to have a funnel to fill the hummingbird feeder. I really like the OXO funnel shown above. It comes in a set of two, one small and one large funnel.
I use two 16 ounce Mason jars to store the extra hummingbird food in the refrigerator. I like using jars instead of a pitcher because they take up less room in the fridge.
After you’ve filled the hummingbird feeder, you screw the bottle onto the base. If you wait until you take the feeder outside to turn it over then you avoid spilling any of the hummingbird food.
What Brand of Hummingbird Feeder To Use
My hummingbird feeder was recommend to me by my sweet friend Genene. Genene has several hummingbird feeders. This one is her favorite hummingbird feeder because she likes the size, and the glass bottle is easy to keep clean.
I like that it has a place for the bird to rest and get a good long drink if they prefer.
I bought a shepherd’s hook at the garden store to hang my hummingbird feeder on in my back yard. We love relaxing outside on our deck and watching the hummingbirds fly in for a quick drink.
The hook I bought has a little bird sitting on it and sometimes I wondered if the hummingbirds were a little intimidated by that fake bird. One bully hummingbird buzzed the bird a little bit trying to get him to fly away.
More Information About Hummingbirds
The National Audubon Society has lots of great information about Hummingbirds. The have articles on When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring,How to Create a Hummingbird-Friendly Yard, as well as How to Make Hummingbird Nectar, which I used to learn how to make hummingbird food in the pressure cooker.
I hope you’re give this easy method a try. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Do you have hummingbird feeders in your yard? Have you had a bully hummingbird at your feeder as well?
Pressure Cooker Hummingbird Food
- 1 cup sugar*
- 4 cups water
- Add sugar and water to pressure cooking pot. Stir so there’s not dry sugar on the bottom of the pot.
- Lock the lid in place. Select high pressure and 1 minute cook time. When timer beeps, turn pressure cooker off and use a natural pressure release. Remove the lid and inner pot and cool to room temperature.
- Use a funnel to fill feeder. Hang up your feeder outside and wait for the hummingbirds to come.
Note: only use granulated sugar