Celebrity Chef: Snacks for Birds

Suet for the Birds

  • 1 part shortening (melted) birds seem to prefer beef fat or lard
  • 1 part peanut butter (melted) Use old fashioned type-not low fat!
  • 3-4 parts cornmeal (better to use coarse ground that has small bits of corn)

    Can add some flour to help suet remain in desired shape

    Can add extra cracked corn, or shelled sunflower seeds, small unsalted peanut pieces or try pieces of orange or raisins.

    Melt beef fat (shortening), add peanut butter, stir till melted.

    Remove from heat and add cornmeal slowly, stir until it reaches desired consistency.
    After initial stirring use hands, this way you can test to see if it will maintain its shape.

    Too much cornmeal and suet balls/square will fall apart too easily.

    Using hands form into ball or small squares. Let cool then refrigerate or freeze.

    Suet feeder options:

    Some people just place on a platform or board, other use commercial square wire feeder, or hollow out several areas on a piece of wood and press suet in the hollows. Mesh bags may work but some birds may avoid these.

    Peanut Butter Pine Cone

    1. Attach hanger to pine cone. Use string, ribbon or even a pipe cleaner

    2. Mix peanut butter, small amount cornmeal and birdseed (use sunflower seed, millet and safflower in any desired combination).

    3. Spread mix over pinecone.

    4. Hang up and let the birds enjoy!

    You can also take a stale bagel, cut in half, tie string or ribbon around bagel half, spread peanut butter mix and hang outside for birds.

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