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A Great Homemade Bird 'Suet' Cake

This is pretty off-topic for this website, but after feeding and enjoying birds for as long as I can remember, I can tell you they love this stuff!

We started using this many years ago now, and one of its advantages we've discovered is how well it fares in hot weather. Much better than suet. It appears that a block of it won't last long enough to get rancid like suet does. 

I've never seen a "food block" that's attractive to so many species, year-round. It's amazing how many of them really go after this formula - Bluebirds included. My current list of birds that go after it includes some 20 local species, and I'm sure I've missed seeing a few.  

If you have bears or raccoons, though, plan on bringing it inside overnight as recommended in the recipe. I'm not kidding - Bears love this stuff, too! They've climbed right up onto our deck to get to it.  

(By the way, I'm "cooking challenged", so if I can make it, anyone can! )

'Bluebird Suet'

* 1 pound lard
* 16-20 oz. crunchy peanut butter
* 3/4-1 cup raisins
* 3/4-1 cup black oil sunflower or mixed birdseed
* 6 cups cornmeal
* 5 cups all-purpose flour

Melt lard in microwave. Pour into a really large mixing bowl, stir in other ingredients in order above. Pour mix into cake pan, cool and cut into blocks to fit your feeder. Freeze in zip-lock bags. 

Yields 6 blocks roughly 4" square and 1-1/2" thick from a 9x12 cake pan, and these fit perfectly into our suet 'cages'. 

Just be sure to bring your feeders inside overnight if you have bears in the neighborhood, as we do. (They love it too!)

Many thanks to my amazing sister-in-law LuAnn for this recipe!

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