Spring is officially around the corner, but Old Man Winter continues to freeze Ontario with cold temperatures and deep snow. Until nature thaws our gardens, I’ve been putting out seed for the birds. I think they will be grateful to have a little extra protein, so I’m trying my hand at making bird suet from leftover bacon fat.
The instructions are so simple I think I’ll do this with along with a chalk paint bird house when my granddaughter visits over the March break. The suet will stay aloft while the temperatures are below zero until the wildlife eats it.
-12″ piece string
-empty toilet or paper towel rolls
-1 cup bacon grease or other lard
-1/2 cup natural peanut butter [without sugar]
-3 cups mixed bird seed* [mine had millet, sunflower & nuts]
1. Mix the grease and peanut butter. Mine are both kept in the fridge and still mixed easily.
2. Stir in the seed.
3. Cut the paper roll vertically down the middle.
4. Spoon in the seed mixture.
5. Press in the twine loop [if you are hanging].
6. Place in freezer for one hour.
7. Remove and recycle paper roll and hang.
If you have more children to keep occupied just cut the paper rolls shorter and have more twine handy. Happy birding!
*Ren‘s in Oakville sells good quality bird seed in several varieties and even carries the 50 lb sacks if you are bird crazy like we are.