How make a Bird Seed Cake
Bird seed cakes are available at pet supply shops, but making your own cakes at home with rendered suet allows you to customize the ingredients to suit the tastes of your local birds. Experiment with different combinations of seed mixes, fruits and nuts until you find the perfect recipe to attract your favorite birds. In addition to being a tasty treat, these bird seed cakes provide birds with essential fats during cold winter months when insects and worms are not easily found.
Purchase 1 pound of suet (raw beef fat) from a butcher shop or the meat counter of a grocery store.
Cut the suet into 1 inch cubes and place the cubes into a large saucepan.
Cook the suet over medium heat until it melts and becomes a liquid.
Cover the opening of a large, empty coffee can with a layer of cheesecloth and secure the cheesecloth with a large rubber band.
Pour the melted suet through the cheesecloth and into the coffee can slowly. Be careful as the suet is hot.
Throw away the cheesecloth and wait for the suet to cool and harden.
Repeat this process to melt and strain the suet a second time.
Pour the suet into a large mixing bowl or a clean bucket while it is still warm and soft.
Add approximately 4 cups of birdseed, 1 cup of chopped, dried fruit and 1 cup raw, shelled nuts to the suet and mix everything together.
Scoop the mixture into a muffin tin and press it down firmly with your hands to create tightly packed bird seed cakes.
Place the cakes in a cool, dry place and wait for the suet to harden. You can place the bird seed cakes in your refrigerator to speed the cooling process, if desired.
Remove the cakes from the muffin tin by running a knife around the edge of each cake. If the cakes are difficult to remove place the bottom of the pan in hot water to melt the suet slightly and the cakes will slide out easily.