How to Make Suet Plugs for Suet Feeders

How to Make Suet Plugs for Suet Feeders
Making suet plugs for your bird feeder is not hard. It is so easy, the kids will probably want to get involved. There are many recipes for making suet, and you may have to go by trial and error. Your bird friends will surely let you know what recipe they prefer. Save your used plug containers and use them as molds for holding your homemade suet. Otherwise, a bread pan or other pan works fine.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Newspaper Plastic bowl Plastic spoon 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup Crisco ½ cup shelled, unsalted peanuts ½ cup cracked corn ½ cup bird seed ½ cup raisins ½ cup corn meal Suet containers Bread pan Knife
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic bowl
  • Plastic spoon
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • ½ cup shelled, unsalted peanuts
  • ½ cup cracked corn
  • ½ cup bird seed
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • Suet containers
  • Bread pan
  • Knife
Step 1
Spread the newspaper on a table to collect any spilled ingredients because making suet can be messy. You can then roll up the mess and throw it away once you are done.
Step 2
Place all the ingredients together in a large plastic bowl. Mix them together with a large plastic spoon or your hands.
Step 3
Add more birdseed to the suet mixture if it is not firm enough to stick together. You can also add more cornmeal. You want to end up with a mixture that won't fall apart once inside of the feeder.
Step 4
Place the suet into the old suet containers or a bread pan. Press down firmly and form the suet into bars.
Step 5
Slice through the suet in the bread pan to form plugs that fit inside of your bird feeder. You can then break them off as needed.
Step 6
Freeze the suet containers. Remove a plug once it has frozen and place it inside of the bird feeder. Leave the remaining plugs inside of the freezer until needed.

Tips & Warnings

 
You can also add oatmeal, sunflower seed or other types of nuts to the suet.
 
Make sure to keep the unused suet frozen or refrigerated or it will spoil.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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