Post by Sister Penny on Jan 17, 2011 18:16:32 GMT -5
Today I finished up my bird suet cakes. First, I purchased 6 lbs of suet from the grocery store, I rendered it down to get the tallow. I scraped off the residual gunk and today I made up my own mixture for the birds. I added 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter and 2 cups birdseed, 1 cup cracked corn and 1 cup black oil sunflower seeds, I mixed it all together and then used 2 old suet cake plastic containers as my molds and then poured in the mixture, let it cool, and wrapped it in plastic wrap.
I will store these in an unheated room and use them like regular suet cakes, all in all its cheaper, and with the added peanut butter and corn I feel it will keep our feathery friends warmer and more protein.
My hubby would also go to the local co-op meat department and ask for left over fat, and they would save it for him,(for free) he would come by once every few weeks, and add seed and PB to it. What a fun project to do with children too, my little ones like to make Popsicle bird houses/feeders!
Post by Sister Penny on Jan 23, 2011 8:35:31 GMT -5
Liz, I think you could also dip big pinecones in this mixture in the pan while its hot and let them dry on waxed paper too..possibly re-roll them in the birdseed mixture.
I will take some of my homemade suet cakes to my Aunt and Uncle as they have 2 feeders there also..
Its always best to get a butcher to grind up the fat if they will, I had one out in Oregon who did that for me as I rendered the fat for tallow for soap when I made animal fat based soaps, however now its all vegan..