Make Your Own Suet
Kenn and Kimberly: Making suet can be messy but cost-effective and fun. Start with a general base by combining and melting 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of lard over low heat. In a large glass bowl, mix 2 cups of quick oats, 2 cups of your favorite birdseed mix, 1 cup of yellow cornmeal and 1 cup of flour. Stir the melted ingredients into the dry mix and blend well.
Once the mixture has cooled a bit, press into molds (try cat food or tuna cans, or form into your favorite shape) and refrigerate. You may need to experiment with the ratio of ingredients to avoid crumbly cakes. It’s OK to be creative and experiment with additional ingredients such as fruit and even dried mealworms. But do avoid bacon grease, bread, table scraps and honey.
I’d like to make homemade suet. Do you have a recipe? Shirley Hrobar TOMBALL, TEXAS
A red-bellied woodpecker perches on a suet cage.