What you will need:
- Lard (coconut oil and other fats also work)
- Bird seed
- Dried fruits and nuts
- Parchment paper
- Sheet pan or muffin tin
- Cookie cutters
Step 1: Line a sheet pan or muffin tin with a layer of parchment paper. If you are using cookie cutters for shapes, arrange them on top of the parchment paper.
Step 2: Melt the fat in a pan on the stove over medium/low heat until it reaches a thick pudding-like consistency.
Step 3: In a bowl, mix together the bird seed, nuts, and dried fruits.
Step 4: Add the melted fat to the bird seed mixture until it fills in any gaps between the seeds and binds them together.
Step 5: Spoon the seed and fat mixture into your chosen molds.
Step 6: Place the molds on a flat surface in the freezer and wait 30 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the finished product from the freezer and pop the suet cakes out from the molds, using a toothpick to loosen around the edges if necessary.
Now you are ready to feed the birds! Your suet cakes can be placed in any suet feeder or recycle a mesh fruit bag from the grocery store and hang your suet in a shaded area of the yard. If you want to hang your cake on its own, use a toothpick to gently poke a hole through the cake, and thread some twine through the hole. Hang your suet ornament in a tree or bush where birds can perch nearby and enjoy their hanging treat. Try out different shapes and different seed mixtures and see what your birds like best!
We want to see photos of your feathered friends! Post a picture of birds visiting your feeder and share with the hashtag #kvmagbirds on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.