Different Birds have
different preferences. So you may want to make several "flavors" and hang
them at various locations. You may even skip the messy Tallow and use Peanut
Insect-eating Birds such as Wood
Peckers and Robins, may prefer the Beef Tallow by itself. Mocking Birds
may prefer Dried Fruits such as Apples(Schnitz),
Plums(Prunes), and Grapes(Raisins).
Cardinals, Chickadees, and Titmice
may pick out the Sunflower Seeds, while many species of Sparrows and other
ground-diners will be delighted with whatever falls from the feeders.
Titmice are noted for emptying
a feeder of Sunflower Seeds, by scratching everything else to the ground,
as they stash them in a favorite crevice under Tree Bark and return for
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 the Hot
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,
- Remove the solids to be fried
crisp and added back to the mix.
- Or drain the liquid off to
be used alone.
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. Refrigerated Suet Cakes should
not turn rancid for at least a month.
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 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
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.
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.
A Special Bluebird Winter Mix:
using frozen Blueberries and
live Meal Worms (which will be preserved when they are submerged in the
cup live Meal Worms
Cup Frozen Blueberries (thawed completely and drained).
cup hot Beef Tallow
cup Creamy Peanut Butter
Submerge the live Meal Worms
in Hot Tallow, then add the Blueberries and Creamy Peanut Butter and mix
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
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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