Ok before we begin, full disclosure. I’m vegan but my husband is not. Rob loves his meat and I’m OK with that. Well I guess I have to be OK with that because there’s nothing I can do about it 🙂 Living with someone who eats animal products when you are trying really hard not to presents it’s own set of challenges but I’m trying to make the best of it.
For reasons I won’t go into here there was randomly a 1 pound packet of beef suet in the freezer. I decided that this would be a good opportunity to make some suet bird feeders for my feathered friends. Since the suet wasn’t going to be used for anything and thrown out if I didn’t use it I figured it would be OK and might as well put it to good use fattening up my feathered friends.
For this project you will need the following:
1 cup suet
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup birdseed
1/2 cup flour
string/ yarn/ rope
plastic cups, soap molds or muffin tins
Start by chopping up your suet into one inch or smaller chunks. Put them into a pot on the stove and set the temperature to medium. Let them melt. Open the windows and turn on the fan. It’s going to get stinky. Actually you may want to light some incense or a scented candle because it’s really stinky. You are melting cow fat.
Once the fat has melted add the peanut butter flour and the birdseed. Mix it up real good.
Pour the mixture into your molds. Soap molds work great for this. Candle molds would probably work well too. No molds? No problem. Get creative. You can use muffin tins, plastic ups, the bottom half of a pop bottle. Just make sure the mold is slightly flexible and you will be able to get the hardened mixture out. Let your molds cool overnight or in the fridge. They will get nice and hard.
Pop them out of the mold and tie some string around it
Then wrap the string around all crazy and secure the loose end.
Tie to a tree branch and enjoy!
For another variation you can have the string going right through the suet. I took a plastic cup and poked a hole in the bottom
Fill the cup with the mixture and let harden. You will want to tie the string to something so that it stays straight while it dries. Once hardened cut away the mold and hang.
Now sit back relax with some hot tea and wait for the birdies to fly on down.