With much of North America in the Deep Freeze, now is as good a time as any to remind y’all to put some suet out for our feathery friends.
Store bought suet is fine, anything that gives the little birds some extra calories and fat will work including peanut butter, but this year we decided to make our own suet.
We rendered about 4 or 5 lbs. of beef suet (from the meat dept. or the butcher’s shop) liquid.
As it cooled we stirred in flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, dried mixed fruits, dried cranberries and steel cut oats. We totally forgot the peanut butter, but that’s okay. It’s a loosey goosey (bird joke!) recipe…it really depends on what you have on hand or what kind of birds you wish to attract.
You can use lard in place of rendering the fat because let’s face it, the smell was vile.
You could also make your suet in the fall when you can open the windows…
We poured the concoction into some used yogurt tubs and let it cool the rest of the way and placed the suet in baggies for freezing.
As you can see, within minutes the suet cakes were visited. The bird in the image above is a male European Starling (note the blue base of his beak).
And don’t forget to put out water every few hours because the birds have scant access to it on these frigid days.