Thursday, December 21, 2017

Homemade Suet


 We're bird lovers.
We enjoy feeding them
and watching their daily antics.
Earlier this year, we made homemade suet feeders
out of branches we found in the yard of the rental.


 You can find that post here.
Today we're sharing something we tried for the first time.
This homemade suet,
made from 4 simple ingredients,
 goes into those feeders.
This is a great family project,
especially for kids out of school on the holiday break.
After all, the birds gotta eat!



All you need is corn meal, crunchy peanut butter,
vegetable shortening and birdseed.


The shortening and peanut butter are melted in a pan
over low heat, just until they come together.


Dump the liquid mixture into a bowl with
the cornmeal, then add birdseed.
Mix until well combined.



 We repurposed trays and plastic containers
to use as molds until the suet was set. 
You could also use a cupcake pan,
using paper liners.



We left the suet overnight in the garage,
as it was plenty cold to help it set.
You could also refrigerate it for a few hours. 
Using something akin to a tongue depressor,
or your fingers,
fill the holes with the mixture
and watch them come-a-callin'!


Bon Apetit!

Homemade Suet
3/4 C shortening
1 C chunky peanut butter
2 1/2 cornmeal
1/2-1/3 C birdseed

Melt shortening and peanut butter.
over low heat.
Mix cornmeal with liquid,
then add birdseed.
Press into molds.
Let cool at least a few hours.
Serve in suet feeders.
Enjoy!