Home Made Suet
2 cups (1 block) lard
1 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 cup Oatmeal
1 cup unbleached flour
1 cup of cornmeal or wheat germ
Melt the lard a little in a big glass bowl (30 seconds in the microwave) and mix all of the ingredients together. It gets a bit messy. Line a rectangular pan with a sheet of wax paper and press the mixture in. Pop it in the freezer for an hour or so, then cut into blocks. The smaller ones work best (4" x 2"), because the birds eat it quickly. It won't have a chance to collect mildew if you put this out in the summer when it is hot and humid. I normally use them in the wintertime when I feel the birds really need some extra sustenance. Store the blocks in a Ziploc bag in the freezer and refill your suet feeder as needed.
Very important added notes:
I want to thank Jane from Jane and Chris' The Maple Syrup Mob for letting me know that it is very important to get the kind of peanut butter that does not contain sugar or salt. She also said she wouldn't add flour either. Also that feeding birds high fat foods in the summer is not a good dietary option. She is a retired wildlife rehabilitator, so she knows her stuff. Thanks Jane.
Don, from Promote Thanet, also let me know that he mixes bran, birdseed and raisins in his recipe. You can read his post right here. He has a link to celebrities recipes too. Thanks Don!
Maybe if you have a recipe for your birds you could let us know what it is? I would put them in a later post.
Here is a link to some recipes from The Old Farmer's Almanac Website. Click here.