Pure Suet Recipe

Make your own 100% pure suet recipe today.

“I’ve heard recommendations lately to use 100% suet cakes (instead of suet mixed with seed or nuts) in order to attract more woodpeckers and fewer squirrels,” said Patrick Fetterman, one of our Facebook fans and a member of our Duncraft Wild Bird Feeding Community. “Is anybody using this kind of suet? Do people make their own suet?”

Patrick asked several great questions and we’re grateful he asked about this. That’s why we’ve decided to include a simple suet recipe here on our Wild Bird Blog you can make at home, without any of those extra ingredients.

The following suet recipe contains only pure suet, without any seed, nuts or additives. The recipe is based off of Corky Walts’ homemade peanut butter suet recipe. Now you won’t have to think twice about attracting squirrels to your suet feeder. Simply enjoy watching your birds!

How to Make Your Own 100% Pure Suet


  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening, like Crisco
  • 2 cups Cornmeal
  • 2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1-1/2 cups Flour


Melt lard in a large saucepan on the stove. Mix in remaining ingredients with a wooden spoon until combined. Fill loaf pan or casserole dish with mix. Freeze until solid. Cut into suet cake-sized pieces and fill your suet feeder. Keep remaining suet in freezer until needed. That’s it.

Interested in feeding your birds 100% pure suet, without using your mixing spoon? Buy ready-to-use pure suet today on our website at duncraft.com. Happy Birding!

Have you tried making this pure suet recipe? Let us know how well it worked for you and share on our Facebook page or in the Duncraft Wild Bird Feeding Community.

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