Easy Suet Recipe To Feed The Birds

| 12/6/2013 10:50:00 AM

Tags: Wild Birds, Feeding the Birds, Winter Birds,

DJ WilsonOne of the views out the kitchen window at the farm is an assortment of birdfeeders. In the summer we look for the Grasshopper sparrow, Oriole, Bobolink, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Robin, Meadowlarks, Warblers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Wrens, Goldfinch, and Hummingbirds. In the winter we look for Northern Cardinals, Snow birds, Horned Lark, Red Headed woodpecker, Blue Jays, Chickadees and others. Dad knows the song and chatter of many of these birds. We sit at the bar and have coffee the first thing of a morning and looking out at the birds and identifying them adds to the morning conversation.

It is snowing here today and a perfect time to share this suet recipe. I have used it for several years and the birds at my feeders eat it like it’s going out of style! I keep a supply of these cakes in the freezer in the winter time. They also make a perfect gift for your birding friends. This is truly a “bird” tested treat.

I have a habit of tearing pages out of magazines, and this was in the Birds & Blooms magazine in October/November 2008. It was sent in by a reader – Joseph Pavelchak from New Jersey.

Joseph said, “This suet recipe attracts a variety of birds including Sparrows, Juncos, Blue Jays, Chickadees, Woodpeckers, and more. It is a lot more successful than those suet blocks we purchase at the store. The birds are always fighting over it."

Ingredients: 1 cup lard, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 cups quick cooking oats, 2 cups cornmeal, 1 cup flour, 1 cup birdseed

Directions: Melt lard and peanut butter. Add sugar to the melted mix. Combine the remaining ingredients. Form blocks and freeze. I use recycled aluminum foil to freeze the mixture. The suet does not stick to the tin foil and you can use it over and over.

1/7/2018 1:15:14 PM

To answer JimInLewes's question..I filled 4 of the plastic forms from the store bought suet. (no need to grease they pop right out when firm) If you don't have those you can pour it into a baking pan and then cut when firm. I did make adjustments to the recipe. I used coconut oil in place of lard, did NOT add the sugar. Melt the coconut oil and peanut butter then stir in dry ingredients. I also add raisins, dried cranberries, to the mix and the woodpeckers and Flickers love it! I can easily go through 3 cakes a day! so I have never put it in the freezer.

1/7/2018 1:14:35 PM

To answer JimInLewes question...it filled 4 of the plastic suet containers I had kept from the store bought suet. I did make an adjustment to the recipe.. I took out the sugar and replaced the lard with coconut oil with great success! Melt down the coconut oil mix with peanut butter until all is melted stir in dry ingredients (I also add raisins and dried cranberries) pour into pan to be cut up or use the plastic suet containers you were smart enough to keep. Refrigerate for an hour and they pop right out. Put in sandwich bags in the fridge. I go through 2 blocks a day so no need to put in freezer.

12/31/2017 10:34:28 AM

I'm curious as to how much suet this recipe makes in terms of ounces of suet. Thanks.

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