Jan 28 2008

How to make peanut butter suet

Published by at 8:34 am under bird watching,Cooking

A birding blog I follow called 10,000 Birds had a great blog post recently about making peanut butter suet.

In the post, the author’s parents know what Randye and I also discovered not too long ago—peanut butter suet is world’s better than that fatty, industrial made stuff you can get at the supermarket. During our last foray into homemade bird foods, we made pine cone feeders, two with Crisco and two with peanut better. The peanut butter feeders were wildly popular and were devoured within two days, attracting a wide array of bird species. The Crisco feeders? Not so much. They took about two weeks.

I’m including this recipe from the 10,000 Birds blog. It’s perfect for making cake sized batches that fit nicely in those square suet feeders.

Homemade Peanut Butter Suet

  1. Melt 1 cup shortening (crisco or bacon fat). Add 16-20 ounces of crunchy peanut butter. Heat and stir until melted.
  2. Add 1 cup of raisins, 1 cup of black oil sunflower seeds, 6 cups of cornmeal and 4 cups of flour.
  3. Spoon into a 13X9 pan. Chill until it is hard. Cut into chunks for suet feeders (or stuff into cracks and crevices in logs).

Now If I can just get Randye to let me use of one her baking pans…

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