Breakfast for the Birds – Suet Recipes.

August 4, 2010 at 8:24 PM Leave a comment

Breakfast for the Birds

When I put this treat in my suet feeders, the activity immediately increases!

  • 1-1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup suet (or vegetable shortening)
  • 1/2 cup birdseed
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup Cream of Wheat cereal (not instant)
  • 1/3 cup dry cranberries, chopped

Cook rolled oats in boiling water in a large saucepan for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly until very thick. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and suet until melted. Stir in remaining four ingredients. Cool and shape as desired.

I often make a double batch of this mixture. I also use trail mix, nuts, berries and even peanuts if I have them on hand because the birds love it. You can store this in the freezer and use as needed.

The birds will go crazy for these suet cakes!

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup birdseed
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup raisins

Mix everything together in a mixing bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and then stir. Pour half of the mixture into a plastic container about the size of a square suet feeder. Press it down, put wax paper on top and then add the rest of the mixture. Put a lid on the container and freeze. The birds will love it!

No-Melt Suet

Because of the heat in Oklahoma, suet can become a real mess. Luckily, I’ve found a no-melt suet recipe that allows me to serve this treat all year long.

  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

Combine the oats, cornmeal, flour and sugar in a large bowl. Melt the lard and peanut butter (I use my microwave oven) and add to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

Pour the suet into a square pan about 2 inches deep, or spread it directly on tree limbs. 

Feathered Friend Delight

Here is an easy recipe to attract a variety of feathered friends.

  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup uncooked oats
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 small boxes of raisins
  • 1 sup Special K (toasted corn) cereal

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Smear inside your suet feeder. If you’d like, you can also refrigerate the mixture for an hour or so, and shape it into balls for a tray feeder or suet cage.

From Birds & Blooms Magazine: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/

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