How to Make Bird Seed Suet for a Block Feeder

Written by patricia hill
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How to Make Bird Seed Suet for a Block Feeder
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If you're a bird lover and enjoy feeding and watching them, making suet for a block feeder is an activity the entire family can take part in. Small children can help add ingredients, mix, and bag suet blocks for storage after they've set up. Kids love to watch the birds reap the benefits of the family's labour.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pam or other cooking spray
  • 9 x 13 baking pan
  • 1 pound lard or Crisco
  • 2 cups crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup blueberries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 5-1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups bird seed
  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Knife
  • Zip-Lock freezer bags
  • Permanent marker

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray the 9 x 13 baking pan with Pam or cooking spray to help remove suet blocks later.

  2. 2

    Melt lard or Crisco in a large pot over low heat.

  3. 3

    Remove the pot after the lard has melted and mix in the peanut butter.

  4. 4

    Add the other ingredients and mix thoroughly.

  5. 5

    Spread the birdseed mixture evenly into the cake pan, packing firmly.

  6. 6

    Once the suet has cooled and set up, cut it into blocks the same size as your block feeder.

  7. 7

    Place a suet block in your block feeder.

  8. 8

    Place unused suet blocks in a Zip-Lock freezer bags and store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Tips and warnings

  • Add the peanut butter while the lard is still hot so the peanut butter will melt and mix easier with the other ingredients.

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