Homemade suet cakes are easy to make and a huge 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. The suet is better suited for the cold, especially when it’s homemade because when it’s hot the suet melts and gets messy.
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.
- 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.
Homemade Suet Cakes
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)
These suet cakes provide a good source of energy in the winter when birds are spending so much of it keeping warm. Don’t have a suet cage? Try using a mesh bag leftover from holding onions at the grocery store.
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