Friends of this site who enjoy feeding their backyard birds got tired of purchasing store-bought suet with the plastic containers left-over every time. They saved the square plastic containers – each one the perfect size for their own production of homemade bird suet.
They shared this simple recipe that can be altered to fit what you have handy, so it also helps in recycling food. If you don’t like this particular recipe, you can google search the internet and create your own fantastic concoction taking notice that certain foods will definitely attract different birds and that can be a great way to connect with nature as well as clear out pantry items.
HOMEMADE BIRD SUET
1 pound suet cut into 1” pieces or
about a cup of Crisco–style vegetable shortening
1 cup rolled oats (quick cooking works best)
1 cup yellow cornmeal (can substitute bread crumbs)
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup mixed wild bird seed
1 cup sunflower seeds or similar amount of dried raisins, peanuts, nuts, or dried fruit.
Melt suet or shortening and peanut butter over a low flame or in a double-boiler or the microwave. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients. Pour into plastic containers from old suet or similarly shaped recycled containers. Chill until hardened.
This recipe makes about 4 large suet cakes. They are best kept in the refrigerator for storage.