Make Your Own Suet

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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.

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