Here is an easy recipe that makes a large number (20-30) of homemade bird suet cakes.
In a large pot, melt 2 lbs of lard and a large jar of crunchy peanut butter together. Pour into a large container, (I use a bucket) mix in 5 lbs of cornmeal, add 4 pounds of birdseed Mix well and refrigerate or freeze after making up the cakes.
To attract Bluebirds, try adding oatmeal instead of the cornmeal, chopped nuts and raisins to the cake mix.
I save and reuse the “cake pans” from commercial suet cakes but you can also use a 9″ x 13″ cake pan and cut into size. Line the cake pan with wax paper to make removing the cut cakes easier. Place the cut pieces into sandwich baggies and freeze until you are ready to use.
You could also roll into balls and insert a Christmas ornament hook for hanging or just serve the balls at the ground feeder.
To keep the squirrels at bay, sprinkle a little hot sauce on the cut cakes. The birds won’t taste it but the squirrels will and they won’t like it!
If you need a hanging suet feeder to feed your homemade suet, be sure to check out this cute suet feeder with metal roof in your choice of brushed copper, antique silver, or green metal roof.
Happy Suet Making 🙂