Martha's Super Suet Recipe
1 Cup Crunchy Peanut Butter 1 Cup Lard
2 Cups Quick Cook Oats 1 Cup White Flour
2 Cups Cornmeal 1/3 Cup Sugar
Melt lard and peanut butter in the microwave or oven on low heat. Stir in remaining ingredients and pour into square freezer containers about 1-1/2 inch thick to fit into standard suet baskets. Store in freezer or refrigerator until needed. Makes about 8 cakes. This will not melt in the summer and is a great source of protein for young birds as well as their parents.
This recipe has been picked up and reprinted by all the major birding magazines, and with good reason. It is wonderful. Martha experimented for two full winters arriving at just the right combination. With patience, you can reasonably expect to have some 20 species that will feed regularly on this Super Suet.
Martha of Martha's Super Suet is Martha Sargent. She and her husband Bob founded the Hummer/Bird Study Group, a great organization with a great cause. Please visit the Hummer/Bird Study Group's website at http://www.hummingbirdsplus.org/.
NOTES: You can use any container of convenient shape to fit your suet feeder. We use a round peanut feeder to put out suet, so we put the mix into a gallon size baggie and roll it flat to about a 1/2 inch thick. While it is still malleable, we use the dull edge of a knife or a plate to scribe lines in the mix (be careful not to cut the baggie) so that we can easily break it into strips that fit our feeder.
We sometimes add dried fruit to the mix, especially during winter.