Homemade Suet For Birds – An Easy Garden DIY

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Making homemade suet for birds is one way that you can encourage birds to visit your yard. We love watching the birds outside so we make sure to offer them food, water, and shelter.  In the hotter months, we offer birdseed for food.  During the winter and early spring, it’s very cold in Vermont.  Birds need a little something extra to give them more energy.   You can purchase suet cakes at the store, but it is really very easy to make your own.

Homemade Suet For Birds - An Easy Garden DIY

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Homemade Suet For Birds

Finding real suet can be a challenge at my store.  It also tends to smoke and leave a funky smell behind when I use it. For this reason, I use shortening as a base instead of suet.  A mixture of lard and peanut butter works very well to hold the flour, seeds, nuts, raisins, etc. together.

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Materials

  • 1 cup of shortening or lard
  • 1 cup of peanut butter.  I like chunky style.
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 cups of yellow cornmeal
  • sunflower seeds, raisins, oats, dried fruit, small nuts, breadcrumbs, etc.
  • non-stick spray
  • 8″ square baking pan or dish

Directions

Homemade suet for birds

  • Over very low heat, melt the shortening and the peanut butter.

Homemade suet for birds

  • Stir in the flour and the cornmeal.
  • Add seeds, raisins, oats, dried fruit, small nuts, breadcrumbs, etc. It will have the consistency of putty.
  • Spray an 8″ square baking pan or dish with non-stick spray. I use 100% extra virgin olive oil spray to avoid artificial ingredients.

Homemade suet for birds

  • Spread the mixture into the 8″ square baking pan or dish.
  • Refrigerate until the mixture is solid.

Homemade suet for birds

  • Cut into squares so that it fits into a suet cage. You can find these at most garden stores or hardware stores.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers.

Now that you know how to make homemade suet for birds, will you be trying it? This would make a great Earth Day activity. Do you enjoy watching birds outside in your garden?


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Comments

  1. I thought I was hot stuff slathering peanut butter on a pine cone. I may look into this for a summer project. 
  2. Wow, thanks Ellen - I am so tired of paying so much for this and the birds that visit here are PIGS!! I need to replace it almost every 2 days!! Pinned & Tweeted!!
  3. Thank you. What a great idea. I love making things from scratch instead if buying them.
  4. What a great idea, am going to share this blog with my friends.
  5. we go through a lot of suet in my yard. This is a much cheaper alternative!
  6. Mag@GirlyCreation says
    I have a backyard but no time to care about it as it is shared by a few more tenants. But, it is a good idea to share with my friends. 
  7. Tiffany Cruz says
    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. 
  8. Rose Powell says
    That is so neat, love that you are taking care of the birdies, they must LOVE flying by your house!
  9. I had heard of making suet, but did not know about the cooking it first. I used to have one of these cages. Looks like a fun project for the kids to help with. We (including the cats) love watching the birds outside!
  10. thank you SO much for posting this! i was just in the bird store today shopping around and prices on everything went up. =/ I just want to feed my birds. also, at least i know that it doesn't contain any chemical additives. 
  11. Hani Shabbir says
    Great idea. Featuring you today!
  12. Gabrielle W. says
    Love this!!!! I'm so repinning it!
  13. Vicki @ Five Spot Green Living says
    This is a great post! My grandparents were avid birdwatchers when I was growing up in NH and they always put suet out for them. I never realized I could make it this way and I have all of the ingredients (except lard)!

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