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Our homemade bird suet recipe uses only five ingredients and freezes well. Make it with the children for a fun lesson on caring for all God’s creatures.
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 is a bird watcher. We surprised her with a subscription to Birds & Bloom magazine (affiliate) for Christmas. Don’t tell but I got that subscription amazingly cheap on Amazon.currently only $5 for a year! 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 bird suet for our bird feeder.
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 or order from Amazon right here and have it delivered to your door.
- Crunchy peanut butter
- Bird seed of your choice
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HOW TO MAKE BIRD SUET
Begin by melting the shortening and peanut butter together. Once the shortening and peanut butter are melted together, they will be soupy.
Stir in the oatmeal and then the bird seed and cornmeal.
If you use a large pot, you can mix all of the ingredients without needing another container for easier clean up. I had to transfer the mixture to a larger container so I know next time I’ll use a large saucepan or maybe even a dutch oven to hold it all.
All of the ingredients stir together quite easily. You can let the children help make this bird suet from beginning to end with your supervision. It’s a good lesson for them to learn about caring for all God’s creatures.
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CONTAINERS TO USE
Sandwich size freezer containers are perfect for making bird suet. They fit well into the suet holder on most bird feeders. You can find these at Dollar Tree right here. (affiliate link) Buy online, pick up in store or have delivered.
You can use any container you have on hand. As you see I repurposed a small plastic food container as well.
Spray the container with non-stick spray prior to adding the finished mixture.
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.
HOW TO MAKE A SUET BLOCK USING ROPE
To make the rope suet you will need three things:
- Small rope
- Plastic container
- Homemade Suet
Prepare you plastic container by placing a piece of rope inside all the way to the bottom.
Now pour the prepared suet into the container taking care to position the rope in the center. An extra set of hands would be helpful so one can pour the suet while the other holds the rope. The children can help and learn.
Leave a long enough piece of rope hanging out so you can tie the bird suet onto a tree branch for the birds.
Place the container in the freezer until it hardens completely, preferably overnight.
It’s ready to feed the birds!
FEED THE SQUIRRELS TOO
I used the rope suet to feed the squirrels. We needed to trick them away from the bird feeder long enough to participate in the Great American Backyard Bird Count! 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.
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A simple 5 ingredient recipe for making homemade bird suet. Can be frozen
- 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.
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