I’m sharing my Easy Homemade Bird Suet Recipe just in time to coincide with the Great Backyard Bird Count. If you are anything like me, I mostly like to feed the birds for the sole pleasure of watching them in my yard. Now we have an opportunity to be a part of a citizen-science project! How cool is that! You don’t even need to travel anywhere, just walk outside of your own home.
I had no idea there was such a thing as the Great Backyard Bird Count until I just happened to come across it recently while doing research on a completely different topic. It’s such a marvelous idea, I had to share. Our youngest daughter, Tiffany, is a bird watcher. We surprised her with a subscription to Birds & Bloom magazine for Christmas. Don’t tell but I got that subscription amazingly cheap on Amazon. I’m shamelessly sharing my affiliate link so you can get a good deal too.Tiffany surprised me last week with an impromptu visit. She lives several hours away. I was more than thrilled for her to spend a few days with me. One of the things we did while she was here was make suet. Well, I made it while she was working on a huge cookbook project. We are making a cookbook with my Mom’s recipe collection. More about that another time.
Only five simple ingredients are all you need to keep your birds happy this winter. You probably have all of these in your kitchen now. You can pick up bird seed at the grocery store on the pet food isle.
- 1 Cup shortening (such as Crisco)
- 1 Cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 Cups oatmeal
- 1 Cup cornmeal
- 2 Cups birdseed
- Melt the shortening and peanut butter together in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in the oatmeal.
- Stir in the birdseed and cornmeal.
- Pack down tight into your containers for shaping the 'bricks' of suet.
- Wrap in aluminum foil.
- Place containers into the freezer overnight.
- Carefully remove the solid suet from the containers and feed the birds.
Once the shortening and peanut butter are melted together, they will be soupy. I stirred in the oatmeal with the melted mixture in the pot. I had to transfer the mixture to a larger container to add the remaining ingredients. All of the ingredients stir together quite easily.
You may recognize the old sandwich keepers from Tupperware. They are the perfect size to form the suet bricks for our bird feeder. Unfortunately I broke the red one when I tried to force the suet out after freezing them. Don’t be impatient like me, allow it to thaw a bit before trying to remove the suet. I did spray the containers with non-stick spray first so the bricks did slide out easily when they were thawed a bit first.
For the squirrels
I placed a small rope into an old single serve cereal container and packed the suet mixture around it. Now I can simply hang that suet from a tree. It will hang close to the ground for the squirrels. Hopefully while the squirrels are eating their own suet, the birds will get to eat also.
My Homemade Bird Suet fits perfectly into our bird feeder. There is a suet container on both ends of this bird feeder which I’m sure the birds love. I have seen lots of birds feeding together at one time while watching from my front porch. I’ll be all bundled up counting birds one day soon. It will be fun to be a part of a citizen-science project just by enjoying the birds! It’s for the birds!
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