Viburnum, Poke Berries, Sumac, and Flowering Crab Apple.
A few of the wild Suet ingredients.




"How to make Suet"

In Winter when Insects are scarce, many Song Birds will benefit from Suet in your back yard. You can make Custom Suet for specific species by including those Wild Fruits, Berries, and Seeds which they prefer.

Chances are that in watching your back yard, you have discovered your favorite species munching on certain morsels. You can plant shrubs which attract Song birds by creating a Song Bird Habitat.

Then you can harvest ingredients from your own shrubs. You can also find Seeds, Nuts, Raisins and other dried Fruit at your local Supermarket. Trail Mix contains a great selection, but some of them may have to be diced before adding them to your Suet recipe.

Some of the ingredients can be the Fruit from Flowering CrabApple or other ornamental Trees and Shrubs including Pear, Rose Hips, Grapes, ServiceBerry, Cotoneaster, Dogwood, Spice Bush, Holly, Honeysuckle Bush, PokeWeed, Primrose, Acorns, Chestnuts, Northern Bayberry, common sweet and sour Cherries, Choke Cherries, Elderberries, Mulberries, and  Mountain Ash.

Egg Shells should be saved  all year. Bake them in an oven or Microwave. They will become very brittle. Put them in a plastic bag, and Crush them with the bottom of a Cup or Drinking Glass. Mix them with Bird Seed or Suet. They build Bones and Bird Eggshells. Don't worry about giving Birds something they don't like. If they don't like it, they wont eat it. You can hardly go wrong.

Except for Processed Meats that may contain unpronounceable additives, which may be harmful to you and your Songbirds, and may also attract undesirable Animals. Ask your Butcher to grind a pound of Beef Tallow. Put it in a deep pot that will completely cover the burner, so there is no chance of theHot Fat getting on the burner and causing a FIRE ! . . .

Turn the burner on LOW and stay with it. When the Tallow has liquefied, you have three choices:- Add the other ingredients, or- Remove the solids to be fried crisp and added back to the mix.- Or drain the liquid off to be used alone.

A very desirable ingredient can be the waste from cooked or Pressure-cooked Chicken. The cooked skin and bones and cartilage can be ground up and used in Suet. The bones will add to the calcium found in Egg Shells.

Turn the Burner off and allow the liquefied Tallow to cool somewhat; then remove it safely to your working area. Mix about four times as much Fruit and Seeds as you have Tallow. Blend them into the Tallow completely. Then pour or spoon the warm mixture into forms like a Christmas Tree, Snowman or Cat to give to your friends. Or just pour enough into tapered plastic Freezer Boxes so when cooled, the squares will pop out and fit into your favorite Suet Feeders. Or use old Suet containers over and over again.

Or dip Pine Cones in the warm Mix, big end down, to fill all the nooks and crannies with tasty morsels. Or fill holes drilled in a sawed off tree limb and hang it for your Feathered Friends.Clean your pot out with a slice of Whole-Grain Bread and add it to the mix. A slice laid in the freezer boxes before the Mixture is added may appeal to certain Birds.Or just spread Chunky Peanut Butter or Fruit Jam on a sliced and toasted English Muffin. You may not want to share this with your Birds. Refrigerated Suet Cakes should not turn rancid for at least a month.

The Birds in your particular area should determine the ingredients of your Suet. Watch what is eaten first and add more of that to your next batch. Whatever is eaten last and least should be minimized in future Mixtures. 

"Bluebird_Suet"
Special Bluebird Winter Mix
using frozen Blueberries and live Meal Worms
(which will be preserved when they are submerged in the hot Tallow).

1/2 cup live Meal Worms
1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries (thawed completely and drained).
1/4 cup hot Beef Tallow
1/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter

Submerge the live Meal Worms in Hot Tallow, then add the Blueberries and Creamy Peanut Butter and mix thoroughly. Spoon it into a Form to cool. If your particular Tallow does not set up solid, then put it directly into a Milk Jug Suet Feeder and hang it in an area frequented by Bluebirds.

Unless your Bluebirds are already accustomed to eating at a feeder, other Insect-eaters may empty this Feeder before the Bluebirds find it. But don't give up - keep filling it.


The best Beef Tallow is from the Kidney and Loin area. But if your Butcher gets his Beef in "Quarters", then this choice Tallow may have been discarded before he gets his refrigerated shipment.

If you let Tallow cool overnight and then reheat it, when it cools the second time it will become harder.The lower quality strips of limber Fat next to muscle tissue may be less solid when processed, and may also become rancid quicker.






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