“Brenda” commented on birds and feeding and I am sharing the recipe for suet cakes with her and others who may like to “cook” for the birds.
I got it out of a BIRDS AND BLOOMS issue a couple of years ago and it is one that birds seem to like a lot.
Suet cakes are not that expensive so this is for bird watchers, feeders, and lovers who want to make something special for their feathered flocks.
BIRD SUET (put into a square mold like a plastic food container) I got some that are about 4-5 inches square with lids on them..probably a Rubbermaid product????
1 cup lard (you can buy big containers of lard in the Mexican food section of Cashwise or maybe other food stores)
1 c. crunchy peanut butter
2 cups quick oatmeal (dry)
2 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1 cup birdseed ( mixed kind)
Mix other ingreds. into melted lard and peanut butter.
Don’t pour hot lard/peanut butter mix. til it cools a bit so that it will not melt the plastic container.
Cool til the liquid is set and solid. Can be stored in refrigerator or freezer.
Birds love it. I used these larger cakes in an old breadpan weighted down twith a brick (a heavy one) Pileated woodpeckers did well with this way of feeding as they are kind of big and heavy for a regular hanging suet feeder.
They came back for seconds every day!!!!
1/3 cup sugar (birds have a sweet….tooth?)
2 cups quick oatmeal