Making your own DIY Suet Cakes is so easy! It’s a great way to get birds to visit your home throughout the winter.
We just love watching birds. We have a bird feeder outside our kitchen window, and watch the birds while we eat and do school work each day around our kitchen table.
Last winter, we decided to make homemade DIY suet cakes to help the birds through the winter. We were lucky enough to have several flickers and downy woodpeckers find the cakes and stop by throughout the winter.
The birds were such fun to watch that we decided to make them again this winter, and we plan to continue making them every winter.
Ingredients needed to make DIY Suet Cakes:
- Peanut butter or another nut or seed butter
- Bird seed
Hanging suet cakes in your trees, or near your homeschool window will bring birds to your house. You can buy a field guide (this is an affiliate link. Your purchase using this link supports our blog, at no cost to you) to help you and your students learn to identify the birds that visit your yard.
- 4 cups Birdseed
- 1/2 cup Cornmeal
- 1 cup Raisins
- 1 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 1/2 cups Lard
- Mix together birdseed, cornmeal, and raisins.
- Mix in peanut butter and lard, using your hands if it won't mix.
- If sticky, add more lard.
- Press into a 9x13 pan and let set.
- Cut into 6 pieces. Store in a ziploc bag. Can be frozen for long-term storage.
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