This recipe is for the birds.....

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by schmoo, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    Literally [​IMG] Woodpeckers and nuthatches love it

    Homemade suet

    I make in the winter and the birds love it.
    I do it on the stovetop but you could do it in the melting in the microwave. Then just mix it with the rest of the ingredients in a bigger bowl.

    Melt a small jar peanut butter (creamy or nutty)
    Add 3 cups of lard (melt together)
    mix in
    2 cups cornmeal
    2 cups of oatmeal (quick oats or old fashioned)
    3 cups of seeds (I use 2 cups black oil sunflower and one cup regular bulk birdseed)
    Mix all together well

    Put in a washed OJ or milk container; freeze; then slice off chunks to fit your feeder.

  2. LynnGrigg

    LynnGrigg Songster

    Jun 6, 2007
    Winston Salem, NC
    Wow thanks! I've wondered how to make suet... guess I could have searched "suet recipe" on line. I feed lots of bought suet to the birds. [​IMG]
  3. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    Fantastic idea. I'll be doing that instead of buying the stuff. Thanks for the post
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I also put raisins in mine, which they seem to love.
  5. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    I use the same recipe and the birds love it in the winter time.
  6. schmoo

    schmoo Songster

    May 7, 2007
    West MI.
    You can vary the ingredients to whatever you have. Just try to make a equal wet and dry consistency. It should be pretty thick and clumpy before freezing. I've heard of people using flour instead of cornmeal, but I think cornmeal is better for the birdies. Some people save up their bacon grease (freeze it) and when they get enough use that instead of lard. I like lard because it is cheap and can be kept in the pantry.
  7. karri25

    karri25 Songster

    Feb 5, 2007
    You can keep bacon grease in the pantry too. I'm from Arkansas and I don't ever recall not having ajar of bacon grease over the stove to fry in. YUMMY! I used it for my suet last uear adn the birds loved it to:)

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