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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Cooking is for the Birds!
Make suet and reap the rewards! Around 20 different species will regularly feed upon suet, so make some and enjoy the beauty that our wild feathered neighbors bring. This recipe is from Martha Sargeant, who, along with her husband Bob, founded the Hummer/Bird Study Group.
Martha's Super Suet
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups quick cook oats
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup lard (or vegetable shortening)
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup sugar
Melt peanut butter & lard over low heat in a large pot. Whisk in remaining ingredients, stir until well incorporated. Dried fruits can be added at this point as well--raisins, cranberries, blueberries or a mix. Place into a container and freeze (we like using commercial suet containers as they are the perfect size for most suet cages), or allow to cool and spoon into a gallon ziploc & seal. Once malleable, roll to 1 inch thickness with a rolling pin & freeze. Stored this way, the suet can be cut into shape & size or your choice.