Lynne from Hasty Brook asked if I would share my suet recipe. Of course I will!
(adapted by myself from several sources from the Internets!)
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup lard
- 1 cups quick oats
- 1 cups cornmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- Additions - bird seed, dried fruit, chopped peanuts, etc.
- pot large enough for ingredients.
- containers that are about the same size as your suet holder.
- Assemble ingredients.
- Heat peanut butter and lard in pan on stove, stirring until melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Add oats, cornmeal, and whole wheat flour.
- Pour into containers.
- Freeze until hard.
(introduced to me by the amazing Julie Zickefoose, also here [click].)
- 1 cup melted lard or beef suet
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 cups quick oats
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar (optional)
- Melt lard and peanut butter together on a low burner.
- Take off heat and add remaining ingredients.
- Spread on cookie sheet and allow to cool in refrigerator until mixture is just hard enough to cut into pieces.
- Store in freezer bags and use as needed.
While I'm at it, here is how I prepare my Hummingbird Juice. I have Anna's Hummers here year round and pretty soon should start seeing Rufous and/or Allen's Hummers too. So, keeping the juice flowing in the winter is a good thing. A hummer is usually the first bird I see in the morning when its cold! Oh, just FYI, the feeder in the picture is not filled with cloudy juice -- it's 42 degrees out and it's covered in condensation. Brrr!
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2 cups cold water with ice
- Boil 2 cups water.
- Add sugar to water. Stir to dissolve.
- Add cold water and ice.
- Pour into feeders and distribute.
For what its worth, this is my favorite hummingbird feeder: The Best-1 feeder -- it's easy to clean and care for. It holds a lot of juice (I have the 32 oz one) which isn't useful in the summer as I still have to change it often but in the winter, I go ahead and fill it as the juice doesn't grow mold in the winter. I'm thinking about getting the Dr JB feeder to try as well.