My parents got me this great book for Christmas, called For The Birds: Easy to Make Recipes for Your Feathered Friends. It’s filled with recipes to make your own homemade (all natural) birdseed mixes and treats. You’ll be seeing more of these, I love to take care of our “outdoor pets” and some of these recipes sound almost good enough to eat myself!
- 1 cup lard
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup coconut
- 2 cups oats
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup wild birdseed mix
- Melt the lard and peanut butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
- Stir in coconut, oats, and cornmeal.
- Add the raisins and birdseed and pour into a deep medium-sized baking pan; leave to chill in the refrigerator overnight to solidify.
- Remove from refrigerator the next day and cut into squares to serve in a suet or tray feeder.
- Wrap extra in plastic and freeze.
- Couldn’t be easier to make. The lard was tough to find, I looked at three stores before I found some. Was surprised about that, especially here in PA Dutch country!
- I poured this into a round pie dish, it seemed about the right depth. I figure I’ll be able to cut it into four pieces, they won’t be perfect squares for the suet cage but they’ll fit. I don’t think the birds will mind.