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