Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Make Your Own Cherry Bird Suet Cake

A lot of songbirds are attracted to fruit, as you well know if you are trying to grow apples, peaches, pears or grapes!
Keep them away from your crop, by offering something of their own. Hang this suet cake away from your garden and keep the birds on the opposite side of the yard.

2 c. rendered suet
1 c. chunky peanut butter
1 c. canned or dried cherries
1 c. rolled oats
1/2 c, sugar
1 c. hulled sunflower seed
1 c. crushed graham crackers
1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
1 T. fine sand

Melt suet in a saucepan over low heat.  Add peanut butter, stirring until melted and well blended and reserve.  If using canned cherries, drain well and mix with the rest of the ingredients in a  large bowl.   Allow the suet-peanut butter blend to cool until slightly thickened, and then stir it into the mixture in the bowl.  If necessary, add more flour to reach a firm consistency.  Fill chosen container or press into a plastic lined cookie sheet or cake pan and freeze until hardened.  Cut into squares to fit suet cages.  Keep remainder in a bag in the freezer.

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