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making suet

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I’ve been thinking about making suet for a while. I researched it online (lard vs bacon grease?), ripped recipes out of Birds & Blooms and saved plastic suet containers. Then last week out of the blue my friend Sally handed me a suet recipe she had gotten from Roy and Charlotte Lukes, long-time Door County Wisconsin naturalists–it was a sign to get cooking!

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Daughter #2 helped me. Photobomber Bud was thinking we were whipping up an afternoon snack for him.

You can find the Lukes’ recipe here. I thought it would be difficult to find lard at the grocery store, but there it was, in the refrigerated section by the hams. I followed the microwave method of melting the lard and peanut butter, and then I dumped the rest of the ingredients on top and stirred to combine. I also added a box of currants that were past their prime.

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I scooped the mixture into the 9-oz suet containers I had saved and a couple of grapefruit halves (thanks, Kate and Ken!) and put them in the refrigerator to solidify.

I’ll let you know in a couple of days what the birds have to say about my new avian catering business.

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6 thoughts on “making suet

  1. I made suet once three years ago. It attracted starlings. Hundreds of them. They literally cleaned out the entire supply in one afternoon. I will be interested to see what results you have.

  2. Good for you! One caution though. I think I’d avoid raisins, which are not currents. When we first moved to Maine, there was a local story where a big dog got into a box of raisins and died a horrible death over three days. I never saw WHAT in the raisins caused the dog to die, but the story talked about raisins being terribly poisonous to dogs. It might be true for birds and warrants some research… Currents are not raisins.

  3. If I were a bird, I’d want to live in your neighborhjood!

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