Suet Cake: Birds’ Comfort Food
Suet is a fast source of energy for birds. Generally, it is one of the most popular foods for birds in the winter and it contains ingredients that may be harder for them to find in the colder months.
There are many suet cake varieties to choose from at the store, from peanut to sunflower, but why not make it yourself? Some of the birds that you may see at your suet feeder are Woodpeckers, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Tufted Titmice, Catbirds, Cardinals, Jays and countless more. Get your birding book ready!!
You will need:
Vegetable shortening, suet, or lard
Peanut butter (chunky is best for extra nuttiness)
Raisins, dried berries (cherries, cranberries)
Bird seed (mixes or sunflower)
Cookie sheet or containers to freeze/store in
Let your imagination go wild with the combinations. Use everything for a smorgasbord or any combination or assortment of the ingredients listed.
You will want 1-part fat (lard/shortening/peanut butter) to 2-parts dry ingredients.
On a low setting melt your fats.
~ Remove from heat.
~ Add dry ingredients, mix well.
~ Place, pour into containers &/or cookie sheet.
~ Spread and flatten.
~ If you use a cookie sheet, cut the suet into squares to store easily. If you use storage containers, leave the suet in them until needed.
~ Place outside in suet holders for the banquet to begin.