I got this from Audubon and thought it was a nifty way to keep the feeder stocked for those birds who need some fat to keep them going for the cold months.


Here’s the link:  http://www.audubon.org/news/make-your-own-suet.  I’m sure it will be Flicker approved!




And for those of you who just can’t make your finger move enough to click on the link  (like I can’t before coffee) but can still scroll, the recipe is below.  😉


Make Your Own Suet

With this vegetarian version of suet (traditionally it’s made from rendered animal fat) you can provide the perfect winter substitute for birds that normally feast on insects. This lipid-rich treat can help prepare year-round residents for the long winter and is quite the draw for birds such as woodpeckers, wrens, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. Check out this recipe, inspired by “The Misfit Baker” blog.


• 1 1/2 cups shortening (look for palm oil free options)

• 3/4 cups nut butter (any kind)

• 3 1/2 cups wild bird seed

• 1 cup quick oats

• 1/2 cup corn meal

• Ice cube tray



1. Mix the dry ingredients of bird seed, oats, and corn meal together and set aside.

2. Combine the shortening and nut butter in a separate bowl and melt. Stir until completely combined.

3. Pour the melted mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

4. Spoon mixture into the ice cube tray.

5. Freeze for one to two hours and place in your suet feeder!


Note: Not recommended for outdoor temperatures above 50 degrees .




Photos courtesy of Roda at Growing Self


9 thoughts on “Homemade “Suet” Recipe For My Bird-Loving Friends

    1. Sure thing! When I saw this, I was thrilled because I never liked the idea of beef fat and I never thought the seeds in the suet were the best. I have to find some molds and then I can make them. I have some soap molds somewhere, what do you think of heart-shapped suet? Haha!


  1. If you use the drippings from browning ground beef, which is solid at room temperature, (or lard or any grease that is hard at room temp) you can do this in above 50° weather, too. Freezing not necessary.

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