Friday, January 13, 2012

My Favorite Suet Recipe

Last weekend Randal and I made some homemade suet for the birds.  Technically, suet is defined as "the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals." So, what we made could be called a suet replacement. I don't like the thought of animal fat being fed to the birds so I wanted to make my own. Saved money and didn't take long at all.

We love all the woodpeckers it attracts.  Even the huge one known as the Pileated Woodpecker.  It's a real laugh to see them working on the suet since they're more than twice the size of the suet feeder.

Here's the recipe:

2 cups quick oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup solid shortening (like Crisco)
1 cup peanut butter (you can use crunchy or creamy).

Mix all dry ingredients. Melt shortening and peanut butter together till blended. Pour liquid into dry and mix well. Pat into 13x9 pan lined with wax paper. Refrigerate a few hours and then slice with a pizza wheel to fit your suet feeders.

We doubled the recipe and put them in plastic baggies and stored them in the garage where we keep all of our bird feeding supplies.

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