It’s been a while since I’ve written a DIY post, and I thought this would be perfect. With winter keeping everyone indoors, I have pity on the animals living in the cold. I love birdwatching and I know all kinds of birds love suet, so make this and everyone is happy! Without further ado, let’s make some suet cakes! (The only kind of cake I’ll ever successfully make, most likely)
To make these cakes, you’ll need:
- 1/2 lb. suet or lard
- 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 2 1/2 cups sunflower seeds
- 1 1/2 cups millet
- 1 cup dried fruit
First, melt the suet or lard together with peanut butter in a pot over low heat, stirring occasionally. (When shopping for lard at the grocery store, make sure to clarify that it’s for bird suet or you’ll get a lot of weird looks. Trust me, I know.) Pour this mixture into a large bowl with the sunflower seeds, millet, and dried fruit. Make sure you mix everything together, and it’s more fun if you mash it together with your bare hands. (Of course, that’s not as fun to clean up but you can’t have everything.) Pour the concoction into a shallow baking pan and let it freeze for a few hours. It should look like a mix between barf and chicken broth. Disgusting, yes, but the birds love it. Once it’s frozen hang it up in a shady place so the cake doesn’t melt. I wouldn’t recommend using the recipe in the summer if you live in a warm area because it will melt. If you want to anyways, substitute the suet for more peanut butter and you should be fine. However, if you live in the south I make no promises because it gets hotter than the earth’s core down here.
Thank you so much for reading! As anyone who knows me can tell you, I’m not much of a cook. However, even I managed to make this so I know you can do it. Also shout out to onegoodthingbyjillee.com, where I got this recipe from. Please like this post and comment if you tried this recipe!