Homemade Peanut Butter Suet
My wife asked me to pick up some new suet today. Earlier this year we bought a few different kinds of suet and the birds decided that they LOVED the peanut butter suet - although didn't care much for the others. I wasn't able to find any peanut butter suet today so I thought it was time to make our own.
- Existing Suet Cakes: Not wanting to waste the suet cakes that we purchased earlier this year I started my suet mixture by warming up some of the suet cakes in a large mixing bowl. I found that about one minute per suet cake in the microwave worked out well. Note - save the suet cake packages to use later.
- Crush the suet cakes. Warm up suet cakes so they can be used as the base of the home made suet mixture. I found that about a minute per suet cake worked well in my microwave. After warming I crushed the cakes prior to adding the rest of the ingredients.
- Add bacon grease and creamy peanut butter. I'm not one for measuring although I added about 1/2 of a cup of bacon grease and about a cup of peanut butter. I'm sure you could use most any type of fat in place of the bacon grease although I prefer bacon grease as it provides another reason to enjoy bacon on the dinner table!
- Add cracked corn and black oil sunflower seeds. We added about 3 coffee cups full.
- Mix well. I recommend using your hands as doing it with a spoon simply takes too long for me.WARNING - if you melted your original suet cakes ensure that the mixture is not too hot to handle by hand. If you warm up the original suet cakes too much the fat in them will liquify into HOT oil.
- Pack that suet into your feeders! We purchased this cool suet feeder this past fall. It is quite literally, a tree limb with large holes drilled through it. The birds love pecking the suet out of the wood!
- Pack remaining homemade peanut butter suet into your original suet containers. Remember those suet containers that I said to save in step 1? Now is the time to pull them back out and fill them with your new home made peanut butter suet.
- Chill the suet to allow it to firm. The last step? Cover the suet filled tray with plastic (or use the plastic from the original container) and then chill to allow the suet to setup firmly. We found this particular suet set up quite well at room temperature although we put our re-filled containers out in our garage (and it's about 20 degrees fahrenheit outside) and then put the rest of our suet (you will end up with more than you started with) in some mesh containers that we made out of some left over mesh from a previous craft project.
Happy eating birdies!!