Introduction: Black Bird Pie

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I got this idea from my mother in law a couple a Christmasssssssess ago in Ireland. She set some wheat seeds in some bacon lard and served it out on the back lawn on a dinner plate.  The birds really liked it until the neighbourhood stray corgy dog wandered in and stole it as we watched. He started to lick it and she yelled at him (I named him Mustard). He grabbed it in his mouth, did a horsey kick like the Lone Ranger's faithful steed Silver then ran off with it. Over the next couple of days, she arranged for the dog catcher to come for him.

Anyway, this is a great way to make a hanging (so the dogs/squirrels don't get it) bird feeder. Pie for birds!

Step 1:

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Components:

Bird seed
Lard from Christmas lamb roast
Shoe lace or string
Metal thingy like the thing that keeps falling out of your Ikea bed
Pint glass or bean can. 

Step 2: Melt Lard

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Melt the lard in a pan or pot (a byproduct of this is that it seasons your cast iron pan nicely).

 

Step 3: Seeds

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Add the seeds and stir.

Step 4: Bring in Your Thingy and String

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Assemble your thingy. I use a knot! The thingy is to keep the shoelace at the botton of the glass/can.

Step 5: A Quick Pint

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Preheat the pint glass in hot water.
Add a couple of spoons for the thingy to sit on.
Fill the rest of the way.
Drap the shoelace in such a way so it does not rest on the edge of the container.

Pop it into the fridge 
 

Step 6: Cool It!

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Let the fine juices of the lamb congeal into a mass.

Once it is cool remove the seed pie from the glass/tin.  Run it under hot water for a few seconds and it should pull right out.

Hang from tree and feed those starving birds.

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Comments

Street-Wise Irish (author)2015-12-29

What kind of birds are these for, could I use them for finches that like to hang out in my backyard

thebear1 (author)2013-01-01

nice  job   you can use bacon fat that what is left after fixing bacon in the pan
beef should work to

jackthursby (author)thebear12013-01-01

any fats from the skillet or pan will do. version 2 has a little onion bag set inside the can before you pour it into the can. works better that just a shoe lace

grendel1097 (author)2012-12-31

was the stray's full name "Patrick Mustard"? ;)

jackthursby (author)grendel10972013-01-01

extremely handsome our Patrick was. have a scone, they are made with cocaine....... wait i mean rasins

kasuman (author)2012-12-29

Nice one. Can you suggest substituting lamb lard for something else? like Sugar syrup or Maple syrup?

jackthursby (author)kasuman2012-12-30

sugar based products would not work at all well . these would not harden. the only other product i can think of would be palm solids

ChrysN (author)2011-03-24

Happy birds!

jackthursby (author)ChrysN2011-03-24

if i get lots of them, i dont have to feed the cat!

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