More Creative Recipes For Suet

My Favourite Recipes For Suet

The following is a recipe I have used for years, in both summer and winter. It lasts very well during the heat in summer and doesn’t get all sloppy. (I always keep suet feeders in the shade in summer.)

The wild birds just love it. But be fairly warned, if you start to use it, be prepared to mix it often!

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Red-breasted and White-breasted Nuthatches

Red-breasted & White-breasted Nuthatches Enjoying Suet Together

Four Season Suet

    1½ cups beef suet

    1½ cups smooth or crunchy peanut butter. (Just the kind that is only peanuts, if it contains margarine it will melt in warmer weather.)

    3 cups quick cooking oatmeal

    3 cups cornmeal

    1½ cups whole wheat flour

Mixing Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan over medium low heat or a microwave, melt beef fat and peanut butter, stirring frequently.
  1. Stir in remaining ingredients. (If mixture is too dry add more melted beef fat.)
  1. The mixture can be rolled into balls, wrapped in clear wrap and frozen.
  1. Or, it can be poured into a pan 1 to 1½ inches thick, cut to any size, wrapped in clear wrap with wax paper between the layers and frozen until needed.
  1. Or, pack into holders suggested in Suet Bird Feeders page.

You can experiment with substituting different types of seed for the oatmeal or cornmeal when you make suet. Some seed will work better at various times of the year and attract different types of birds.

Here is a list of interesting ingredients that people have used in recipes for suet.

    Cat food (canned or dry)

    Dog food (canned or dry)

    Processed meat (no additives or spice)


    Chopped dried fruit

    Dried cranberries

    Dried elderberries

    Wild berries

    Bakery products (bread, buns, doughnuts, cookies, crackers)


    Chopped corn




    Seeds (hemp, poppy)

    Ground bone (bone meal or cuttlebone)

    Chopped nuts

    Sunflower seeds shelled

    Other shelled seeds

    Ants’ eggs

    Dried crushed egg shells


Fascinating and Unusual Suet Bird Food!

We had a neighbour who lived down the road from us, who had an intriguing practice for bird watching. He would collect “road kill” and deposit the carcasses on the side of the road in front of his house.

This unusual custom would draw Turkey Vultures for all to watch. I personally found it fascinating and wished we lived closer to get a better view. But I just couldn’t stomach the thought of collecting “road kill” myself!

Downy Woodpecker Male

Downy Woodpecker Male

The last two ingredients are to provide wild birds with their need for calcium from the egg shells and grit for digestion from the sand. Both these ingredients are difficult for wild birds to find during the winter in snowy regions. (More about Winter Feeding for Bird Watching.) They will both be well accepted by the birds if served separately on their own too.)

Make suet with a variety of other wild bird food to increase its nutritional value and interest.

Leave Out The Starlings

Yes, the name is correct for these recipes for suet. Two suet mixtures which Starlings may not like.

    1 cup rendered beef suet

    2 cups cracked corn finely chopped

    2 cups white or yellow cornmeal

Mixing Instructions:

    1. Heat suet and bring to boil, take pot off heat.

    2. Mix in cracked corn and cornmeal.

    3. Return pot to stove and heat entire mixture together.

    4. Pour mixture into container.

Another recipe is to follow the same directions as above but only use the following ingredients to make suet bird food.

    1 cup rendered beef suet

    1½ cups white or yellow cornmeal

Bon Appetite!

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