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How to Make Bird Snacks


Winter Bird Snacks
Winter Bird Snacks
Winter Bird Snacks

When the weather gets cold, these Winter Bird Snacks give our feathered friends a much needed treat.

What You'll Need:

  • Ground suet (found at meat counters in grocery stores)
  • Two pans
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Strainer
  • Birdseed
  • Aluminum foil
  • Disposable plastic food storage containers
  • Mesh onion sack
  • Peanut butter
  • Shortening
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Cornmeal

To make suet cakes: Step 1: Put two pounds of ground suet in a large pan and add two quarts of water. Simmer until all the fat is melted. Step 2: Strain into a bowl and let it cool, then put in the refrigerator until the fat is hard. Step 3: Remove the hardened fat and put into a small pan. Melt it over low heat. Add three or four cups of birdseed. Step 4: Make molds by shaping two layers of aluminum foil over the outside of a plastic food container. Step 5: Pour the suet-birdseed mix into the molds. (Two pounds of suet will make three four-inch by six-inch cakes.) You can put the cakes on a platform feeder out of reach of squirrels or hang them in a mesh onion sack.To make bird treats:

To make suet cakes: Step 1: Put two pounds of ground suet in a large pan and add two quarts of water. Simmer until all the fat is melted. Step 2: Strain into a bowl and let it cool, then put in the refrigerator until the fat is hard. Step 3: Remove the hardened fat and put into a small pan. Melt it over low heat. Add three or four cups of birdseed. Step 4: Make molds by shaping two layers of aluminum foil over the outside of a plastic food container. Step 5: Pour the suet-birdseed mix into the molds. (Two pounds of suet will make three four-inch by six-inch cakes.) You can put the cakes on a platform feeder out of reach of squirrels or hang them in a mesh onion sack.To make bird treats:

Step 1: Mix two parts of peanut butter with one part each of shortening, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and birdseed.

Step 2: Mix in a large bowl.

Step 3: Roll the mixture into balls and put in a feeder.

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