While visiting one of our favourite birding stores to purchase a new bird feeder I got a recipe for a no melt, all season suet which I decided to try out. Even though the recipe is called all season suet it doesn’t use actual suet that you can get at the meat counter or at the butcher shop.
The recipe calls for 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 2 cups quick cook oatmeal, 2 cups corn meal, 1 cup lard (no substitutes allowed), 1 cup white flour and 1/3 cup of sugar. Since I only had smooth peanut butter I added a 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts.
Melt the lard and peanut butter in the microwave and then stir in the other ingredients. The lard can be found in the baking section of grocery stores right next to the shortening.
When it is all mixed you can put it into containers that you purchase bird suet in, or you can roll it into balls for putting into mesh bags.
As I already have a few of the bird cakes I make in the small square containers I opted to roll this mixture into small balls.
This recipe made me 6 suet balls. Store them in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
I’ve wrapped one in the mesh covering from a box of clementines and hung it outside. So far the chickadees and woodpecker have had some nibbles.
You might also want to try my bird cake recipe.
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