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.

Bon appetite, birds!

1 comment:

  1. Cindy from B'hamMarch 2, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    I'm too lazy to do that, but the birds do like what I do for them. Since it is just my husband and I living here, we always have loaf bread left over from the week.(yes I make sure there is no mold on it) So I make crunchy peanut butter sandwiches for my lovelies . Here lately I have added some pecans that were getting a little old tasting. It is so fun to watch them line up to get their turn. I especially like to see the smaller birds like the chickadees find a pecan that is almost bigger than they are. Then it's off they go, my guess is they have a nest near by