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Making your own bird suet is cheap and easy.  Besides eating all the bacon and spending $1 on a pound of beef suet, the other ingredients maybe cost $3.  These ingredients are most likely already in your cupboard. 

We have made this recipe a few times with slightly different variations with good results.  We have noticed that the birds prefer the homemade suet over the commercially made kind.

Beware - this suet will smell so good when you are making it.  You may be tempted to eat it.  Bacon and peanut butter are a perfect match!

Alright.  Let's feed the birds.

Total project time - including cake cooling - is under 2 hours.

Step 1: Ingredients

Fat
Peanut butter
Nuts
Dried fruit
Corn meal
Bird seed

For this Instructable, we used bacon fat, beef suet, peanut butter, peanuts, raisins, cracked corn, and later remembered to add corn meal, oatmeal and whole sunflower seeds.  We had about six cups of rendered (melted) fat and we added roughly one cup of each dry ingredient.



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I have read online repeatedly &quot;DO NOT USE BACON FAT&quot; for birds. It makes sense to me - nitrites and nitrates aren't even good for us, so why would we give it to birds????
<p>If you would like to make HOT SUET for birds here is the recipe.</p><p>1 cup Lard and 1 cup Peanut Butter. Put in micro 30 seconds to melt.</p><p>mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup yellow corn meal, 4 Tablespoons Cayenne Pepper. This is the dry mix....stir to combine and add the Lard &amp; PB to it.</p><p>I was able to find 12 oz cans of whole Jalapenos peppers that I remove the tops and use my food processor. Add this to the mix.</p><p>once you have these mixed add 3 cups rolled oats (Oatmeal) plus 1 cup bird seed.</p><p>I mix this up and press into 8 plastic holders that the regular suet came in. </p><p>I pop them in the freezer for 2 days then take them out and put them in zip lock bags.</p><p>The birds devour this stuff and actually ignore the regular suet if this is available.</p>
<p>That looks good enough to eat. Mmmmmm!</p>
I sincerely hope you meant meat grinder, not organ grinder, which is a person.
In my experience, rendering fat produces a disgusting odor. I recommend setting up outside with either a deep fat fryer, or crock pot.
wow! looks really tasty!<br /> can you do another on &quot;survival fudge&quot; that's really almost the same thing?<br /> <br />

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