Peanut butter 'suet' (no lard or gelatin!)

by Vivian
(Albuquerque, NM)

I made up this recipe a few months ago. It uses no lard or gelatin and so is fine for vegetarians/vegans, like myself, to make. It also requires no baking.


Ingredients:
Three large spoonfuls of crunchy peanut butter
1 cup sunflower seed
1/2 cup shelled peanuts or peanut hearts
1 tablespoon dried mealworms (optional)
2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
Water

What to do:
1. Put the raisins in a small bowl or glass, fill it halfway with water, and let the raisins soak for about a minute. In the meantime, mix the peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and peanuts in a small mixing bowl.
2. Take the raisins out of the water and lay them on a paper towel to dry slightly. They should feel plump and soft now. Add them to the bowl and mix them in.
3. Find a 'mold'. I used a plastic Whole Foods container. You can use anything as long as it is about the size of a suet cake. Spoon the whole mixture into the mold and sprinkle the optional mealworms on top. Add a bit of water and put them in the freezer for two hours.
4. Place in a suet cage. The ice will melt, but the peanut butter will stay.
**It is a myth that peanut butter is bad for birds**

Birds attracted to this:
Woodpeckers (I have seen Ladder-backed, Downy, and Hairy)
Nuthatches
Chickadees
Bushtits
Sparrows
Finches
Kinglets
Warblers

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Apr 20, 2017
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Myth? NEW
by: Anonymous

Peanut butter is not bad for birds as long as there is something gritty mixed with it. A birds tongue works differently than ours and they can't get it off the roof of their mouths unless they have a gritty substance mixed in the peanut butter.
Any time you put PB in bird food add corn meal or uncooked grits to recipe. This is true for all suet or "icing" type of foods!

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