Birds love suet! I try to keep the crunchy peanut buttery treat on hand for my back yard friends. I always use the same basic mix but vary on the extra ingredients like raisins, cranberries, seeds, nuts, etc. I've tried the store bought stuff, but it usually ends up in the trash because my bird friends won't eat it. However, they love this homemade recipe.
The basic ingredients for this suet recipe are:
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup lard
2 cups yellow corn meal
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
Put it all together:
Melt peanut butter and lard together.
Add dry ingredients and stir well.
Add extra ingredients on hand like
bird seed, sunflower chips, raisins or dried cranberries, peanuts, etc.
After mixing everything together, let it set for a few minutes. Spoon the mixture out and roll it into 1 to 2 inch balls or spread it into a sheet pan then cut it into squares. I have also spooned the mixture into miniature muffin pans. The shape of the mixture doesn't matter to the birds- they love it either way! Extra mixture may be stored in the freezer until ready to use.
There are many variations on suet recipes so feel free to experiment. I've tried others but this combination of ingredients has been the most popular with my back yard friends.
Thank you for dropping in and I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!