Homemade Suet Time

Don’t The Birds Know There’s A Recession

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.

The Recipe Please

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:

  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 cups quick oatmeal
  • 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  1. Melt the lard and peanut butter in a pan over low heat.
  2. Add the rest of the stuff and mix well.
  3. Pour into a pan to cool down (or the containers from the store bought suet you have been using up to now) and put in the fridge to cool down.
  4. Cut to size and place in your favorite suet feeder.
  5. Watch the birds tear through it forcing you to make more 

Saving The Big Bucks

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?

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