Corky Walts’ Homemade Peanut Butter Suet Recipe
This is a vegetarian suet recipe for feeding your birds. Corky Walts is one of our Facebook fans and decided to share her own suet recipe with us. It’s the same one she uses to feed her birds during the cold winter months. This recipe even calls for a cup of peanut butter to attract woodpeckers and other nut-loving birds. The peanut butter is a great addition for cold weather feeding, since it’s full of essential protein and provides a high-energy treat for your birds. Here’s the suet recipe:
- 1 cup Vegetable Shortening, like Crisco
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 2 cups Cornmeal
- 2 cups Quick Oats
- 1-1/2 cups Flour
- Optional: 1 cup Bird Seed and a handful of Raisins
Melt lard in a large saucepan on the stove, mix in peanut butter. Then add remaining ingredients. Optional: Add 1 cup of bird seed and a handful of raisins. Mix with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are combined. Fill aluminum casserole dish and freeze. You can also fill empty margarine dishes. Later, cut the frozen suet into pieces to fill your suet feeder and place outdoors. Transfer any remaining pieces from the freezer to the refrigerator, as needed, and use within the next week or so.
“Bird seed is optional of course,” said Corky. “I also put in raisins when I have them on hand.”
Here’s a photo Corky shared with us of the birds eating her homemade suet from her mesh screen feeders. If you look closely, you can see a nuthatch perched “upside down” on the tree with a piece of suet in its bill.
“My woodpeckers and cardinals seem to like it,” said Corky. “Also, squirrels will steal a piece now and then. We put the pieces of suet in open feeders that my husband made out of wood and screen. I actually double this recipe and it lasts all week. It can also be put on suet holders.” Photo credit and recipe by Corky Walts.
Corky is making another batch of suet today and she said, “Suet cooling on back porch. It’s cold today so I don’t need a freezer.”
“This is a double batch from the original I gave you,” she added. See the photo of her double batch suet recipe, included here. “It’s in a 12×8 casserole dish. Makes about 9 or 10 suet cakes. But we also crumble some up to put in open feeders. We have had blue jays, cardinals and many woodpeckers. We also have many sparrows, of course.”
Thank you for sharing your homemade peanut butter suet recipe with us, Corky, we appreciate it. Happy Birding!
Have you tried making this suet recipe? If so, what type of birds did you attract? Let us know on our Facebook page.
Written by Dawn Coutu