Birds & Blooms

Easy 3-Step Suet

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• Melt 1 cup of suet or lard and 1 cup of peanut butter in a large saucepan on low heat. If you are using real suet, strain it through a layer of cheeseclot­h twice to remove contaminan­ts before adding the peanut butter.

• Remove the mixture from the heat and add about 2 cups of mix-ins, until the consistenc­y is a bit stiff. Use any combinatio­n of seed, peanuts, fruit or other bird treats.

• When it has cooled enough to handle, press the mixture into molds like cat food or tuna cans and refrigerat­e. Or get creative and use cookie cutters to make festive shapes (shown here).

 ??  ?? Suet is a huge draw for jays, woodpecker­s, nuthatches, titmice and chickadees.
Suet is a huge draw for jays, woodpecker­s, nuthatches, titmice and chickadees.

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