Introduction: Easy Suet for the Birds
When I saw the Instructables "For The Birds Speed Challenge" I knew I wanted to make something that the wild birds in my yard could eat. I had done an Instructable not too long ago that I made bird seed heart ornaments to hang on the trees so I had to think of something else. I thought of suet. This is an easy recipe that contains some tasty ingredients you already have on hand! I know the birds in my yard will love eating them! Here is how you can quickly make suet for the birds in your yard.
Step 1: What You Need:
medium mixing bowl
small microwaveable bowl
silicone molds - I used donut shapes and sunflower cupcake shapes
Step 2: Ingredients Needed
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening
Step 3: The Dry Ingredients
Combine the oats, cornmeal, flour, and sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl.
Step 4: Microwave the Shortening
Melt the shortening in a microwave safe bowl on high (100%) power. This will take 30 to 45 seconds.
Step 5: Add to the Bowl
Add the peanut butter and the melted shortening to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Step 6: Stir Well
Stir to combine everything together.
Step 7: Press Into Molds
Press the mixture into individual molds. Put the molds into the refrigerator to harden for 2 to 3 hours.
Step 8: Remove From Molds
The suet cakes easily come out of the silicone molds.
Step 9: Pretty Sunflowers!
I think the sunflower shapes are very pretty!
Step 10: Tie Ribbon
If there is a hole in your suet like these donut shaped ones, you can tie them with ribbon to hang on your trees.
Step 11: Hanging the Suet
I tied this one in a red maple tree.
Step 12: Another View
Here are 2 that are hanging in another tree.
Step 13: Suet in a Bird Feeder
You can put the suet cakes into a bird feeder. Our birds love treats so I'm sure they will love eating my suet.
I hope you try making these. They were fun to make and you can enjoy watching your wild birds eating them!!
Second Prize in the
For the Birds Speed Challenge