Can you suggest some suet recipes, for this winter’s birds?
You can use almost any seed or grain, mixed with bacon fat, lard, or peanut butter. A basic suet combines equal parts of bacon fat and assorted birdseed. Put it in a tuna or cat food can to chill (or freeze) until it’s hard enough to hold its shape, then release it into a wire suet cage or sturdy mesh bag. For a fancier suet, add peanut butter to the mix. You can also bind cornmeal or oatmeal with straight peanut butter and spread it into holes drilled in a post or log. Birds also like dried fruits, so consider adding raisins, currants, apricots, or citron. Most birds also like cornmeal or cracked corn, so consider making them their own cornbread, when you’re baking one for yourself. For the birds, skip the eggs, milk, or sweeteners. Instead, use 3 cups of cornmeal with a 1/2 cup of bacon fat or lard. Add 2 teaspoons of baking powder (just to give it some height), and then add water until you get the right consistency — about 3 cups, more or less. After baking, hang it in a mesh bag or suet cage, or crumble it into a tray feeder.
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