Hummingbird Concentrate: Plastic in Microwave

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Hummingbird Concentrate

By donnabking
May 26, 2016

Here is a fast and easy way to be prepared ahead of time for your favorite sweet charming guests without all of the fuss. Whether it's spring or fall, you want to be ready for them with an ample supply of food at a second's notice! Here's how you can be ready.

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Name: Chantell
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Chantell
May 26, 2016 8:37 AM CST
I love this idea!!! I'm still on the fence regarding microwaving plastics though. I'm thinking if the container is only filled 1/4 of the way warmer water can be added to thaw the mixture as well as create the correct ratio. Wouldn't be quite as quick but possible safer for our little friends. Just a thought.
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Name: Andi
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GardenQuilts
May 26, 2016 1:12 PM CST
What a great idea. I am going to try it.

I agree on microwaving plastics. I only use pyrex in the microwave - no plastic of any kind - ever. Besides, my freezer is usually kind of full...

I am going to try this and store the extra in a glass jar in the fridge. I already do this with leftover standard concentrate nectar.

The concentrated nectar made in a 1:1 ratio should keep longer because it has a higher brix level. Foods with high sugar levels and low percentages of water keep longer. That is the science behind the tradition of drying foods and preserving them with sugar i.e. in jelly/jam. That is also why food companies use so much corn syrup and sugar in canned foods.

I don't need a months worth of concentrate - just enough for a couple of days.

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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
May 28, 2016 8:05 AM CST
Chantell said:I love this idea!!! I'm still on the fence regarding microwaving plastics though. I'm thinking if the container is only filled 1/4 of the way warmer water can be added to thaw the mixture as well as create the correct ratio. Wouldn't be quite as quick but possible safer for our little friends. Just a thought.



This could easily be done too. It does not freeze solid with all that sugar, so is easily thawed anyway.
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