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Make Your Own Suet April 25, 2011

I put together a recipe of suet for my birdies. It’s supposed to be a no-melt recipe. I had collected many recipes over the years and I’ve adapted this one to make use of ingredients I usually have on hand. It’s made and stored in my freezer. Can’t wait to try it once my current cakes are consumed.

make your own suet ingredients

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour (whole wheat or white)
  • 1 cup lard, suet or vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, currants, chopped apricots, or cranberries)
  1. Combine the oats, cornmeal and flour in a large bowl.
  2. Melt the lard and peanut butter in the microwave and add to the dry ingredients.
  3. Stir in the fruit. Mix well.
  4. Form into the shape you need for your feeder (I saved some container forms from the store-bought ones we use).
  5. Put in a covered container. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

make your own suet cakes | paulasgardenpatch.com

Do you make suet for  your birds? What recipes do you find work best for Midwest birds?

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One Response to “Make Your Own Suet”

  1. […] It’s not too early to think about getting your backyard ready for winter bird watching. You can plan now to position feeders near windows and you can stock up on seeds and suet. Find a homemade suet recipe here. […]


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