When weather chills down and insects become more scarce, birds enjoy suet.  Adding high protein, high fat suet to your feeding station is easy.

You can buy blocks of suet, or use this recipe which will make six blocks about 4x4x2”. Wire suet feeders are available at Ace Hardware, Walmart, and other garden centers.

Or, you can fold a piece of hardware cloth over the suet “cake” and hang it outside.  Squirrels love it too, so that challenges your creativity to put it where the furry friends can’t scamper off with it!

SUET  CAKE    (It’s for the birds!)

 1 cup cheap peanut butter (crunchy)

1 cup lard or solid shortening

2 cups quick oats

2 cups cornmeal

1 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

Melt lard and peanut butter in the microwave, stir in other ingredients and pour into a wax paper-lined rectangular pan like a brownie pan.

Cool until the lard and peanut butter resets.  Cut into blocks. This makes 4-6 blocks to fit a wire suet feeder. Freezes well.

By Lucy Duncan