See how you can easily make homemade suet cakes to help to the birds and other animals who are braving it through the cold winter months.
According to the Penn State Extension, “approximately 35 species of birds may be seen at feeders in Pennsylvania,” during the winter. That’s right, they don’t all fly south for the winter, and it gets really cold here. So, I like to make homemade suet cakes to help these little guys out. The extra calories from the fat will help them as they labor through winter.
Most of the year we use bird seed in our feeders and continue to do this in the winter.
However, the suet is better suited for the cold, especially when it’s homemade because when it’s hot the suet melts and gets messy.
Can these suet cakes be frozen?
Yes, in fact, you want to keep it frozen until you are ready to place it outside. Otherwise, it will start to melt.
You can make it in a big pot pretty easily.
I like to use lard, peanut butter, cornmeal, and birdseed but there are tons of different recipes all over the internet that you can experiment with.
These plastic sandwich storage containers are the perfect size for our suet cages. The recipe makes enough to fill about six containers, and they stack up easily in the freezer until you are ready to use them outside.
Other add-ins ideas:
- chopped nuts
- chopped dried fruit or raisins
- fine cracked corn
- dried mealworms
- sugar or honey
- eggshells (for calcium)
What Else Can You Place the Homemade Suet Cakes In?
- A mesh bag but sturdier is better because the birds can get tangled in them.
- I’ve seen people use an old coffee cup hung from the handle.
- Or something even more creative like this silverware suet feeder from Birds and Blooms.
No matter how you do it, you can feel good knowing that this homemade suet will provide a good source of energy in the winter when birds are spending so much of it just trying to keep warm.
- 2 16 oz Lard containers
- 2 cups Peanut Butter
- 4 cups cornmeal
- 4 cups birdseed
- Melt the lard in a large pot.
- Add peanut and heat until combined.
- Add cornmeal. Stir well
- Remove from heat and add birdseed.
- Pour into plastic containers and freeze.