6 Simple Homemade Bird Suet Recipes

Red-bellied_Woodpecker-27527-2The thing I love most about birders is that they’re always willing to help and share their knowledge. So, when I asked what the best suet recipes were on our Facebook page, you responded with a host of great ideas.

For those who don’t know what it is, suet is a cake of fat and other ingredients (like seeds and fruits) that is fed to backyard birds in a suet feeder. It’s most advantageous to birds in the winter because that’s when they need high amounts of fat and nutrients to guide them through the frigid weather. Many birds that might not be attracted to seed feeders, like woodpeckers, love suet.

Even though you can buy pre-made suet, you can just as easily make some if you have a little time. Here are a few fantastic user-submitted recipes. (You can find more at our Facebook page.) Feel free to add your own in the comments section too!

Recipe 1

1 part cornmeal
1 part crunchy peanut butter
1 part lard
Sun flower chips and raisins

Directions:Heat on stove on low until well mixed; then pour onto parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze. Cut to size for feeder.

Recipe submitted by Erron Pujol

Recipe 2

1 part Crunchy peanut butter
1 part Yellow cornmeal
Melted bacon grease

Mix together. I press this mixture into the plastic suet containers from my store-bought suet. And, I rub it on the tree trunk. The birds love it!

—Recipe submitted by Gerre Foster Slaton

Recipe 3

1 cup lard
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups flour
3 cups cornmeal

Melt the lard and peanut butter, then add the other ingredients. I also throw in seed, nuts, or dried fruit as I have it. I press it into 3 bread pans. When it hardens, I cut each cake in half with a spatula and it pops out of the pans. This gives me six suet cakes that fit perfectly in my cages.

Recipe submitted by Carrie Nygard

Recipe 4

1 cup melted lard or beef suet
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups quick oats
2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar (optional)

Directions:Melt lard and peanut butter together on a low burner. Take off heat, and add remaining ingredients. Spread on a cookie sheet, and allow to cool in the refrigerator until the mixture is just hard enough to cut into pieces. Store in freezer bags and use as needed. The birds love it!

Recipe submitted by Susan L. Fessler

Recipe 5

1 1/2 cups lard,
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (melt)
3 cups of cornmeal
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup shelled sunflower seeds
3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Mix thoroughly and put in cupcake papers in cupcake pan. Refrigerate until hard. Take out of cupcake papers and put in plastic bag and store in fridge. My birds eat it all year long and it goes fast.

Recipe submitted by Nancy Stewart Haydock

Recipe 6

My grandmother’s recipe:
1lb of lard and some bacon grease (or any fat of your choice)
2 cups of peanut butter
6 cups of cornmeal,
5 cups of flour

Melt the lard and peanut butter together, then add the cornmeal and flour to the melted peanut butter and lard. Stir the mixture well. Put on a tray feeder, in a suet cage, or in a tin can. If you make the whole recipe and have too much, it freezes very well.

Recipe submitted by Prairie Birder

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  1. Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Wow, so many recipes, I want to try them all! Thanks for including mine to the mix.

  2. Beverly Boisen
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I love feeding the birds.
    Suet , black oil seeds and a mixture of other seeds purchased from the store.
    I also share my fresh oranges and apples with the birds and the squirrels too.

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    I love the recipies and have so many birds at my feeder including baltimore oriole, bob whites, woodpeckers here in florida, brewer’s black birds, tufted titmouse, cardinals, sparrows, chickadees they love the suet i put it out on the branches and boy they have a feast.

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    These recipes all violate a principal rule we learned about feeding birds — NEVER use lard, bacon greawse, or any pig fat. Unlike beef suet/fat, pig fats tend to cling to feathers, robbing them of insulating capability.
    Since you’ll likely never see the birds that die as a result of coming in contact with these recipes, you may never know the harm you’ve done. USE ONLY BEEF OR VENISON SUET, NEVER PIG FATS!!!

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