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Homemade Suet Recipes
December 16, 2008
8:06 am
Suzanne McMinn
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I have my wild bird suet recipe posted here:

http://suzannemcminn.com/blog/2008/02/17/make-your-own-wild-bird-suet/

But here are some more!

From the Audobon Society:

MIX
1 cup peanut butter
4 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup unbleached or whole-wheat flour ADD:
1 cup fine sunflower seed chips
1 cup peanut hearts (or finely ground nuts)
1/2 – 1 cup Zante currants (or raisins cut in halves) DRIZZLE and STIR IN:
1 cup rendered, melted suet COOL

 
 
 
 
SPECIAL SUET CAKES

Ingredients:

1 pound lard
16 to 20 ounces crunchy peanut butter
5 cups all-purpose flour
6 cups cornmeal
3/4 to 1 cup birdseed or sunflower chips
3/4 to 1 cup raisins

Directions: Cook lard in a saucepan over medium heat until melted. Remove from heat and add peanut butter until melted. Add raisins, flour, cornmeal and birdseed, stirring after each ingredient is added. Spoon into empty store-bought suet containers or any similar-sized container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Yield: 8 to 10 squares.

 
WINTER BIRD MIX

Ingredients:

½ cup lard or suet
1 cup birdseed
½ cup peanut butter
2-3 cups cornmeal
½ cup dried fruit (such as raisins or currants)

Directions:

Melt fat and peanut butter together. Stir in seed, fruit and enough cornmeal to soak up the melted fat. Let cool. Spread mix under the scales of pinecones or onto cardboard cut-outs you can hang in a tree. Chill feeders in the refrigerator to harden the mixture.

You can also use the mixture to stuff holes you drill into a small log that you hang in a tree or on a pole; woodpeckers especially like to feed this way.

Recipe courtesy of National Wildlife Federation; visit

http://www.nwf.org
 
 
 
 
This recipe from Patricia Collins, a Horticulture educator at Callaway Gardens. Real suet is the dense fat found around the loins and kidneys of cows or sheep. Unless you have a friend who is a butcher, authentic suet is difficult to find and handle.

Lard and peanut butter, on the other hand, make a fine binder for corn meal, flour, raisins and sunflower seed – - – a suet substitute.

Patricia’s recipe:

•Melt 1 cup shortening (or lard) in a saucepan on very low heat.
•Add 1 cup peanut butter and stir until melted.
•To this add 1 cup plain flour and 3 cups plain cornmeal. Mix thoroughly.
•Add whole rolled oats, seeds, raisins or bread crumbs if you have any. The final consistency will be putty-like.
•Pour into a disposable 8 inch by 8 inch aluminum pan and allow to cool.
•Slice into quarters; each one should fit nicely into a suet cage, available at most garden centers.
•Store remaining squares in the refrigerator.

 

Suet Recipes

Soft Suet Medley

4 1/2 cups ground fresh suet
  3/4 cup dried and fine ground bakery goods
      (whole-wheat or cracked-wheat bread or crackers are best)
  1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
  1/4 cup millet
  1/4 cup dried and chopped fruit (currants, raisins, or berries)
  3/4 cup dried and fine ground meat (optional)
  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Allow the suet to cool until slightly thickened, then stir it into the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour or pack into forms or suet feeders; smear onto tree trunks or overhanging limbs and branches; or pack into pine cones.

Hard Suet Tidbit Cakes

  1/2 lb. fresh ground suet
  1/3 cup sunflower seed
  2/3 cup wild bird seed (mix)
  1/8 cup chopped peanuts
  1/4 cup raisins
  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat. Allow it to cool thoroughly, then reheat it.
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  3. Allow the suet to cool until slightly thickened, then stir it into the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into pie pan or form, or pack into suet feeders.

Optional or substitute ingredients: millet (or other birdseed), cornmeal, cooked noodles, chopped berries, dried fruit.


Soft Peanut Butter Mix

    1 cup fresh ground suet
    1 cup peanut butter
    3 cups yellow corn meal
  1/2 cup white or whole-wheat flour
  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add peanut butter, stirring until melted and well blended.
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. Allow the suet-peanut-butter blend to cool until slightly thickened, then stir it into the mixture in the bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour or pack into forms or suet feeders; smear onto tree trunks or overhanging limbs and branches; or pack into pine cones.

Hard Peanut Butter Mix #1

    2 pounds fresh ground suet
  1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  1/2 cup coarse-chopped shelled sunflower seeds
  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat.
  2. Add peanut butter, stirring until melted and well blended.
  3. Stir in the sunflower seeds. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Pour into 9 x 13 cake pan and cool
  5. Cut into cakes that fit suet feeder
  6. Individually wrap the remaining cakes and store in freezer

Hard Peanut Butter Mix #2

    2 cup fresh ground suet
    1 cup peanut butter
    2 cups yellow corn meal
    2 cups fine cracked corn
  1. Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat. Allow it to cool thoroughly; then reheat it.
  2. Add peanut butter, stirring until melted and well blended.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the suet-peanut-butter blend, and mix well.
  4. Pour into forms or suet-feeders, and cool until hardened.

 
Clover made me do it.
December 16, 2008
9:50 am
WV_Hills
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I love the idea of packing the mixture into pinecones. I have lots of big pinecones, no suet cages.

December 16, 2008
2:59 pm
IowaDeb
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My woodpeckers are loving Suzannes suet..of course I didn't have cornmeal so I used grounded up oatmeal…  it worked great!

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December 1, 2009
2:22 pm
Salamander
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It's getting to be that time of year to start feeding the birds around here.  Wouldn't these make great homemade Christmas gifts?!

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December 1, 2009
2:47 pm
Pete
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They sure would!  (For the birds, of course, and also for our bird loving and bird feeding frends!)

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April 15, 2010
2:42 am
kathy
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I love feeding my birds, and we have alot of woodpeckers here. Especially after hurricane Rita because of all the dead or damaged trees. But I've been buying woodpecker bars at the megamart, and they're increased to over $4 recently. In the winter I can make suet cakes, but when it hits 80 (or 90 like this week), it just doesn't work. They melt. At that point I'm just feeding the ants. I looked at the store bought one, it appears to have no suet. How did they bind the nuts and seeds together? Gelatin. I figured if they could do it, I could too. So I went to the store, bought me some plain old Knox gelatin and made one, actually 2. It's a great success. The rascals ate them in 2 days! In case you want to try, recipe below.

Woodpecker bars

1 envelope of Knox gelatin and about 3 to 4 cups mix of seeds, chopped nuts, chopped raisins, and sunflower seeds

Dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water as per instructions. Then add about 1/8 c. boiling water and stir until clear and very liquid. Add your seed mix. Mix well. Spoon into leftover storebought suet containers or whatever you have laying around that will fit into your cage. These do not cut well afterwards like a suet cake, so your container size is important. I line mine with plastic wrap for easy removal. Once the mix is in the mold, fold the plastic over the top and weight it with something. I used a brick. This is to help everything adhere to each other. I let it sit overnight, took it out the next day and sat it on a paper plate to air dry. Flip once. We hung them up late afternoon, and they were on it within the hour. Cool

April 15, 2010
5:32 am
CindyP
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Do the other birds come to these bars, kathy?   There was recipe around here somewhere using knox gelatin and I think Dede made them…….. I made them and I only see the woodpecker on that feeder.

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April 16, 2010
3:36 am
kathy
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CindyP said:

Do the other birds come to these bars, kathy?   There was recipe around here somewhere using knox gelatin and I think Dede made them…….. I made them and I only see the woodpecker on that feeder.


 

Hello! I've seen cardinals and titmouse, and one bird I have no idea what it is. I use a pretty good variety of seeds though, large grey striped sunflower seeds, Pennington's wild bird feed, some dried fruit (this time it was prunes), and a large handful of rough chopped hazelnuts. If you remember where Dede's recipe was, let me know, I'd like to try hers too. I'm hoping for a bluejay. Cool

April 16, 2010
6:45 am
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It was a link that Cindy posted last Fall and I remembered that it was Birds and Blooms!

 

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Backyard-Projects/Garden-Crafts/Holiday-Gifts-from-Your-Backyard

 

dede

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November 16, 2010
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January 9, 2011
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Hello--can I make the bird treats using only shortening, peanut butter and bird seed- I dont have lard and would like to use what I have on hand?

 Thank you

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January 9, 2011
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JoJo, just use pan drippings and peanut butter and seeds. also any meat scraps that you want to include. I have a platform feeder on which I put the dregs from stock making and also has a deer skull that is a favorite of the local wrens.

January 9, 2011
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Thank you, but we eat very little meat, I was hoping I could use shortening. I had plan on cutting the treat mixture into chunks to put into the  little hanging cages, I dont think I could touch a deer skull  no

     Thank you.

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January 9, 2011
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I wouldn't feed shortening to birds, JOJO.  Hydrogenated fats aren't good for people, so they probably aren't good for birds, either.  Although that is just my opinion, of course.  I save those mesh onion bags and just put a chunk of grocery-store suet, with no rendering, right in one, tie it shut and hand it on the feeder hook.  The birds have no problem pecking it right down to the rind.

p.s.  As a substitute for shortening, what about coconut oil?  Its natural and stays solid below 76 degrees.  Our Walmart carries coconut oil right where they keep the other oils…maybe yours does, too.

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January 9, 2011
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happy-flowerTHANK YOU HELEN!! I have a hunk of suet in the fridge, but after I read about the smell while rendering it, I decided against that, I will put it out for the birds as is–thank you so much! Now that I know this, I can just purchase hunks of suet to put out. I also purchased a huge jar of crunchy peanut butter to use so I will check on the coconut oil on our next shopping trip. We feed the birds year round,  so I have plenty of seed etc. but I especially like to make sure there is plenty for them to eat right now, it is so cold and snow covered.

  Thanks again.

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January 9, 2011
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You're welcome, JOJO…glad I could help.  I stumbled upon the plain-suet thing when I had a lump of suet that I was going to render and mix with seeds, but I just kept not getting around to getting it done.  So one day I thought "the heck with it" and just stuck it in an onion bag and hung it on the hook.  And it worked…they loved it.  So that's what I do now all the time. 

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