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    No-Melt Suet (For Birds)

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    10 mins

    5 mins

    5 mins

    SrtaMaestra's Note:

    This is a tried and true suet recipe that I found in Birds and Blooms Extra, contributed by Virginia Barnard. She explains that it works very well in Oklahoma's high summer temperatures. We live in Wisconsin, where it obviously isn't quite as hot, but it has held up here, even in direct sun. The squirrels like it too, but now that we're offering other food for them, a little ways away, they aren't bothering it as much as they were at first. The recipe is written for lard, but I used saved bacon grease and it has worked fine. The next time I make it, I'm going to experiment with less or none of the sugar, as it doesn't seem necessary. But, I guess maybe the birds could have a little sweet tooth, too! Note: yield is approximate. I doubled the batch last time I made it, and filled 2 quart ziplock containers after putting some in a feeder, so I'm not exactly sure how much I started out with.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    cups

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Melt the lard and peanut butter together, either on the stove or in the microwave.
    2. 2
      Combine all of the dry ingredients.
    3. 3
      Add the dry ingredients to the melted fats.
    4. 4
      The original recipe suggests pouring into a square pan about 2 inches deep, or spreading onto tree limbs. I just put it into ziplock containers and scoop it out as needed to fill a screen type of feeder (See photos). I use my cookie scoop to take it out, but then mash and break up the scoops, because otherwise the squirrels can come and take a whole scoop at once, way too easily! I don't know if it would hold up well in cake form, as I haven't tried that, but it defintely doesn't melt or make a gloppy mess.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 23, 2014

      55

      I love this recipe. I double the recipe and add old nuts, dried fruits (esp left over fruitcake mixture) and put in a wax paper lined 2 inch pan. It holds up really good in the suet cages & my 6+ pairs of Cardinals along with Chickadees, Woodpeckers and friends love it ! Wish I could include a picture of them all waiting to take a turn however my photos are not appearing. If they do show up....the pic of the suet cage has a little nugget of the homemade suet and a large store bought cake that's been in there a couple of weeks! Lol!<br/><br/>Making my fourth batch :-)

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    • on October 29, 2013

      55

      I have been making this for years and the birds like it a LOT more than the commercial brands. I use the lard instead of suet, but I am sure both are fine. Some use bacon grease, but my birds don't like it very well. You can add fruit, nuts, anything birds like and when you stock up on ingredients while they are on sale, it is cheaper to make your own. My birds will eat this before they eat the seed in the winter.

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    • on April 09, 2013

      55

      this recipe is awesome, i had birdseed leftover and i used that instead of the oatmeal and the birds in my back yard love it and i am having a hard time keeping my feeder full. they shape well hold form. i dont think i will ever buy suet again when it is so quick and easy to make my own. thanx for sharing this recipe

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    Nutritional Facts for No-Melt Suet (For Birds)

    Serving Size: 1 (1094 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1143.2
     
    Calories from Fat 637
    55%
    Total Fat 70.8 g
    108%
    Saturated Fat 20.8 g
    104%
    Cholesterol 38.9 mg
    12%
    Sodium 269.6 mg
    11%
    Total Carbohydrate 109.4 g
    36%
    Dietary Fiber 11.5 g
    46%
    Sugars 25.1 g
    100%
    Protein 24.1 g
    48%

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