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Homemade Suet Cakes
November 8, 2010
9:17 pm
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KentuckyFarmGirl
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Made these today to go in some Christmas baskets.  I used my soap mold! 

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November 9, 2010
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Just curious HOW did you make these? My step-daughter is in Girl Scouts and if they are not too difficult (7 to 10 year old's) I would love to give the recipe to her mom (troop leader) to make.

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November 9, 2010
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mammaleigh, suet cakes would be a great Girl Scout activity!  Here's the link to a whole bunch of recipes!  Use what you have!

 

http://chickensintheroad.com/forum/the-old-barn/homemade-suet-recipes/

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November 9, 2010
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Mammaleigh, I tried to PM you but for some reason it's not working.  If you click on my blog link in my siggy it will take you to the blog post I did yesterday on making these and it contains the link to the recipe.  I really like this recipe because you can feed it year round and it doesn't melt in the summer heat.  It does get a little softer but it holds together and no messy, stinky stuff.  The birds love it!  These are 4 inch by 4 inch cakes.  If you have any questions just ask!

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November 9, 2010
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KFG, what size soap mold do you have?  That's a great idea of putting the suet in the soap mold.  Thank you for the recipe.  I plan on making some this weekend.

November 9, 2010
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threadartist, I have an odd soap mold.  Let me tell you how it came about.  I was going to build one from some scrap lumber I had which used to be the top of a dresser.  I cut my pieces and put them together thinking it looked great.  When I actually measured it it was wider than I wanted my soap bars to be so I cut another strip of the same material and sized it to fit inside.  I can now use the narrow one for my soap and the wide one for either wide soap I can cut in half or for suet!  I also have one cut to go the other way so I can make it a shorter mold.  Here's a pic of it.  Hope you can see what I am talking about.

With the piece in it's 4 in. x 3.25 in. and with it out it's 5 in. x 3.25 in. so these suet cakes are closer to 5 x 3.5 instead of 4 x 4. 

Here it is with the extra piece in for soap

and out for suet...

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November 10, 2010
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I make suet every winter.  I just use a regular rectangle cake pan lined with aluminum foil.  Mix up the recipe, pour in the pan and stick in the fridge till nice and firm.  Then use a large knife and cute into 6 squares.  They fit perfectly into the wire cages that you can find at most stores.

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November 16, 2010
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Found a great way for storing suet in the freezer! http://www.birdsandblooms.com/For-Less/Birds/Compact-Solution

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November 17, 2010
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KentuckyFarmGirl said:

Mammaleigh, I tried to PM you but for some reason it's not working.  If you click on my blog link in my siggy it will take you to the blog post I did yesterday on making these and it contains the link to the recipe.  I really like this recipe because you can feed it year round and it doesn't melt in the summer heat.  It does get a little softer but it holds together and no messy, stinky stuff.  The birds love it!  These are 4 inch by 4 inch cakes.  If you have any questions just ask!


 

KFG, can you help me out. I had never made suet before and wanted to try it. (I did have to sub flour for the cornmeal – we didn't have any, I know it won't be as good but I am hoping it will work out ok. other than that I followed the recipe to a "t". ) I guess I thought it would be "wetter" when I cut it. But it's not very wet. I cut into it and it's like crumbly – do you think it's the sub or did I really mess it up somewhere. It's also not as brown as the picture above. it's more whitish. Can you help me figure out what I did wrong – or do you think it would hurt anything to unfreeze it, even if I have to heat it in the microwave and just add more PB/lard?

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November 18, 2010
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It might have been the flour/meal sub Cyndi.  THe flour may have soaked up more of the liquid than the meal does.  I would just melt some more PB and lard and mix it all together again.  Mine are just wet enough that they cut without crumbling.  I pop them in the fridge for a little while after I cut them to make sure they are good and firm.  They do get a little softer at room temp but not so soft that they fall apart or get mushy.

 

Just add a little more of the melted stuff and your birds will still think you're awesome :) even without the cornmeal.

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November 18, 2010
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I think they like it even without fixing it...either they do or the squirrel does...But one of my feeders was empty and the other was almost empty so something is eating it - and my pups like it...I dropped a bit on the ground and you'd think my dogs had never seen food before.

 

At any rate, I'll add some "stuff" to it and go from there. thanks for letting me know it would be okay....

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  I have net made my own suet cakes, but did make some of the pine cone feeders.  We went to our local hardware store to pick some suet cakes, they were sold out so we decided to make some sort of feeds, I did hang out a jar of peanut peanut butter with holds and it has gone well so we looked for other ways to make inexpensive feeds with materials on hand.

   I had some small tin pie plates, yesteday we picked up a bag of deluxe bird see with fruit. we mixed a bowl of the seed mix with some peanut butter and filled the pie pans, covered them with a small piece of chicken wire and hung them in the trees, the birds have been visiting all morning.

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