Birds & Blooms
Make Your Own Suet
Add equal parts nutritious treats and creativity to mix up a combo your backyard birds will love.
All good suet mixes need a solid base. Lard (pig fat) is a convenient replacement for traditional suet (the waxy fat around sheep and cow kidneys and loins). Most supermarket lard is already rendered and strained to remove any stray pieces of meat.
Many birds eat fruit in the winter if it’s readily available. Add raisins, cranberries, apples or chunks of dried fruit to your mix.
You might have birdseed, another common ingredient in suet, already on hand. Black oil sunflower, thistle and white millet seed are naturally high in fat or oils and give birds the energy to thrive in winter.
Super nutritious peanuts give birds a much-needed protein boost, plus they’re high in fat. Be sure to use only unsalted, out of the shell peanuts in your blend.
Ingredients like quick oats, cornmeal and flour help with the consistency of suet cakes. They make the mixture more crumbly and easier for the birds to eat.
Natural peanut butters are easy to melt, loaded with protein and fat, and can be used in combination with lard or beef fat as a base for your recipe. Try using crunchy peanut butter to add a nutty kick.