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4 Ingredient DIY Suet Desserts Yard Birds Will Love

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Organising suet feeders is a good way to draw birds to your yard. With their excessive metabolic charges, these tiny creatures want high-fat meals content material.

Consider how rapidly they transfer and the power required for all that flitting about, in comparison with their general measurement, and it’s no marvel they constantly want high-energy meals sources to maintain them going.

Many of the seeds in commercially obtainable birdseed blends are excessive in fats; sunflower, safflower and nyjer.​

Bird feeder with a northern cardinal and a tufted titmouse eating from it.
Bird feeder with a northern cardinal and a tufted titmouse eating from it.


Suet feeders permit birds entry to high quality high-fat meals, corresponding to lard, tallow (birds simply digest animal fat) or nut butters. (Take a look at Cherly’s glorious tutorial on the best way to render tallow.) Entry to high-energy meals is particularly essential within the chilly months when different pure meals sources are scarce.

For a fast and enjoyable venture, you may simply make your individual suet desserts at residence.​

Sliced suet cakes on a parchment-lined baking sheet with a knife and suet feeder nearby.
Sliced suet cakes on a parchment-lined baking sheet with a knife and suet feeder nearby.


Loads of commercially made suet desserts can be found, however making your individual means you may management the standard of the components and select your individual further additions to draw particular sorts of birds. Plus, they’re enjoyable to make. (I combined this batch up on the again porch within the snow!)

These suet desserts use a base recipe that solely requires 4 easy-to-find components.

A bowl with a red spatula and flour, cornmeal, peanut butter and lard.
A bowl with a red spatula and flour, cornmeal, peanut butter and lard.


You would possibly have already got them in your pantry. However you may add further components to make the desserts extra interesting. Maintain them so simple as you need, or go all out and make up a deluxe suet deal with.

I sliced mine into squarish rectangles, however you may simply roll these into balls or different shapes to suit no matter sort of suet feeder you’ve gotten.

You possibly can even smash among the combine into cookie cutters and freeze them to make hanging suet treats within the winter. (They’ll soften within the hotter months.) Don’t neglect to make a gap for a string earlier than you place them within the freezer.

What Kinds of Birds Like Suet?​

A tufted titmouse sitting on top of a suet feeder containing a homemade suet cake.
A tufted titmouse sitting on top of a suet feeder containing a homemade suet cake.


Fairly a couple of birds respect a suet feeder. You’ll doubtless discover nuthatches, chickadees, glints, woodpeckers, blue jays, wrens, goldfinches, titmice, cardinals and brown thrashers.

Be affected person when you’re simply establishing your feeder and don’t see many birds visiting. It could actually take some time for phrase to unfold among the many feathered folks in your space the place the great meals is. When you get common guests, maintain your suet feeder crammed; in any other case, you’ll have to start out the method another time. It’s a great factor you can also make a number of batches and freeze them.

Skip the Suet Through the Hotter Months​


We take our suet feeder down in the summertime. By this time of 12 months, loads of pure meals sources can be found to the native fowl inhabitants. And the warmth causes the suet to soften, or worse, go rancid, inflicting a large number to scrub up that’s now not good for the birds to eat. It’s higher to maintain suet out through the cooler months of the 12 months.

Add-Ins​

Overhead view of scratch grains, wild birdseed mix and dried black solder fly larva on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Overhead view of scratch grains, wild birdseed mix and dried black solder fly larva on a parchment-lined baking sheet.


You can also make this suet recipe up as is or combine in a couple of of those add-ins for further power and to make the desserts extra interesting. Utilizing a couple of add-ins may even provide you with a sturdier block of suet that may maintain its form higher.

  • Uncooked, unsalted peanuts
  • Cracked corn
  • Sunflower seeds or hearts
  • Your favourite wild birdseed mix
  • Dried fruit items corresponding to apples, blueberries or cranberries (no sugar added)
  • Dried mealworms or black soldier fly larva
  • Scratch Grains
A suet feeder with a homemade suet cake in it and a bird feeder filled with seed in front of a large window.
A suet feeder with a homemade suet cake in it and a bird feeder filled with seed in front of a large window.

Squirrel-Proof Suet Desserts​


To maintain squirrels out of your suet, combine in a tablespoon of purple pepper flakes to a batch of suet. The birds can’t style the capsaicin, so it doesn’t trouble them. However the squirrels positive don’t prefer it.

4-Ingredient DIY Suet Desserts​

Suet cake ingredients sitting on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the snow. A tub of lard, a jar of peanut butter a sack of flour and a small sack of cornmeal.
Suet cake ingredients sitting on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the snow. A tub of lard, a jar of peanut butter a sack of flour and a small sack of cornmeal.

  • 16 oz lard
  • 16 oz pure (no sugar added) crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of cornmeal
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2-4 cups whole of your most popular add-ins

Instruments​

  • Giant mixing bowl
  • Gloves (optionally available, however makes the method much less messy)
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Knife

Instructions:​

Suet ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cornmeal, flour, lard, peanut butter, dried black soldier fly larva and birdseed.
Suet ingredients in a large mixing bowl, cornmeal, flour, lard, peanut butter, dried black soldier fly larva and birdseed.

  • In a big mixing bowl, add the lard, crunchy peanut butter, cornmeal, flour and add-ins. Utilizing your palms, combine the whole lot collectively and incorporate all of the dry components nicely.
Two hands in gloves mixing together suet dough.
Two hands in gloves mixing together suet dough.

  • Don’t fear if there are chunks of lard that aren’t completely combined in. General, you wish to be sure that the cornmeal and flour are combined all through to assist maintain the whole lot collectively. In the long run, it is best to have a pleasant sticky ball of suet dough.
Suet dough in a large mixing bowl.
Suet dough in a large mixing bowl.

  • Switch the dough to a wax paper or parchment-lined baking sheet. Squash the suet dough flat and kind it right into a rectangle, protecting in thoughts the dimensions of your suet feeders and what number of blocks you may minimize from the rectangle. I’ve a regular suet basket, and this recipe simply made 4 blocks that match the feeder completely.
Suet dough smashed into a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Suet dough smashed into a rectangle on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

  • Place the baking sheet within the freezer for 2-4 hours.
  • Take away and slice the frozen rectangle into particular person desserts.
  • Wrap the remaining suet desserts in wax or parchment paper and maintain them within the freezer or fridge. The suet desserts will maintain within the freezer for six months and within the fridge for 2 weeks.
Three suet cakes wrapped in parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Three suet cakes wrapped in parchment paper on a baking sheet.

When you freeze your suet desserts, you may thaw them within the fridge for a day earlier than placing them within the feeder. Whereas this isn’t vital, through the coldest months of the 12 months, your birds might respect it.​


And that’s all there’s to it. Making these suet desserts takes about ten minutes. Get inventive and check out completely different combos of add-ins to see what’s standard with the birds in your space. If it’s particularly chilly out, combine up a batch with loads of cracked corn, which can assist increase the birds’ inside physique temperature.

Tufted titmouse eating from a suet feeder.
Tufted titmouse eating from a suet feeder.


When you get one suet feeder going, you’ll quickly understand the worth of getting a number of suet feeders obtainable to your feathered pals. And with this fast and straightforward recipe, you’ll haven’t any bother filling them. Simply make certain you’ve gotten the binoculars and your fowl information helpful!

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