Since we live on the lake, we have all kinds of birds and have enjoyed feeding and watching them all winter long. I am always looking for ways to save money and provide educational entertainment for my three grandchildren. I realize that you can purchase suet pretty cheaply, but wanted to give this a try. The birds ,of course, preferred the homemade suet to the store bought. They preferred it so much that I couldn’t keep up making it as fast as the birds were eating it, so I enlisted the help of my youngest grandson this past weekend.
I’ve received many requests for our homemade bird suet recipe, so here it is.
- 2 c. lard
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 2 c. oatmeal
- 2 c. cornmeal
- 1 c flour
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 1 c. raisins
- 1 c. bird seed
**I added a few Asian beetles for extra crunch. It gives the grandkids something to do–search around the house for a bug or two!
Directions: Melt lard and add the peanut butter until that is melted. Add the other ingredients stirring after each one. Put into oblong/square containers and then pop them out after they harden and put them into your suet feeders.