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For the birds…
February 23, 2012, 2:00 PM
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I enjoy making suet cakes to feed the winter birds. It’s easy and a whole lot cheaper than buying ready made cakes. Plus, it has the added bonus of giving me something to do with all those store bought suet containers and butternut squash seeds I save! Whenever the hanging baskets that hold the cakes become empty, I’m reminded to refill them by the woodpeckers drumming on the deck rails. As SOON as they’re replenished, the drumming stops. Here’s the recipe:

1 pound lard

16-20 ozs crunchy peanut butter

3/4 to 1 cup raisins

3/4 to 1 cup sunflower or mixed birdseed

6 cups cornmeal

5 cups all purpose flour

Note: I’ve used creamy peanut butter, various dried fruits chopped into tiny raisin sized pieces, chopped peanuts, and various fruit and nut seeds, as well as wheat germ, the cereal crumbs in the bottom of the bag, and dried oats. This is a great way to reduce your own food wastes! I keep all these ‘crumbly things’ in a ziplock bag in my freezer. When it’s full usually happily coincides with needing to make more cakes.

One more thing: Native Americans called this time of year “the hungry time”, and so it is for our feathered friends (and the honeybees!)  There is NOTHING left for them to eat until bugs and worms and seeds appear in spring so keep feeding them 🙂

 

Mix the flour and cornmeal together, then add the melted suet, peanut butter, fruit and seed mixture to it. Blend well, then ...

Spoon warm mixture into empty store-bought suet containers or any similar-sized mold. Freeze in (reused of course) ziplock bags until ready to serve. Makes 8-10 squares.

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