Our backyard is a busy, and expensive, place. All the birds coming to our feeders mean we are spending some serious money feeding them. Don’t they know there’s a recession?
We really enjoy all the feathered things, and we don’t want them to leave, but the outlay of cash is more than we were budgeting that’s for sure. So, in order to save some money we finally broke down and started making our own suet. The birds seem to like it so far.
There are a ton of possibilities for suet recipes. People use real suet, beef tallow, bacon fat, or lard for the “base” and mix in all kinds of other stuff. We wanted to make something that would survive the hot, humid weather here in Georgia without melting (although it is funny to see the birds slide down the pole right past the feeder because of the melted suet on it). We found a recipe that is supposedly “no-melt”. It’s going to get warm here this weekend so we’ll see if this “no-melt” recipe we made is truly no-melt. Here it is:
All the ingredients cost us about $11 (enough for two+ batches). We should be able to get 10-12 feeders full of suet once we get through all of it. That works out to about $1 a pop which is less than 50% of the $2.19 we were paying for each of the No-Melt Suet packs at our local pet supply store. We won’t be retiring early because of the money we save, but a dollar here and there adds up over time.
What other suet recipes have you found that work well in hot weather?