The tree outside my window is festively decorated with a feast for the feathered fauna of the front yard. Hanging from the branches are suet cakes, dried apple slices, dried orange slices, and popcorn garland.
Vegetarian Bird Suet
- 1 cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 3 cups bird seed (millet, sunflower seeds, etc.), nuts, rolled oats, or chopped dried fruit
Melt shortening and peanut butter over medium-low heat. Stir in seed or other additions. Pour into molds (like muffin cups) and refrigerate once cooled, or pour into 8×13-in pan and refrigerate until firm before cutting into blocks or shapes with cookie cutters. Place in suet feeders or wrap in mesh and hang outside. Put out clean water in a birdbath or terra cotta saucer.
I wrapped my suet with plastic mesh material from bags of onions, lemons, potatoes, etc. The popcorn and dried fruit slices were easy since I’m lucky enough to have an air-popper and a dehydrator. The only other items needed were a needle, thread, and floral wire.