Make Bird Seed Cakes
Many people enjoy watching wild birds in the garden. A good way of encouraging birds to come into your garden to feed is to put bird seed out every day. Another way of attracting birds and getting them to stay around for longer while they eat is to make bird seed cakes. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Bird seed cakes can contain almost anything you want and they can be changed to attract certain types of birds. Generally, bird seed cakes include suet (rendered beef fat), seeds, nuts and fruit. A seed cake is also handy as it can be hung up somewhere desirable to watch the birds.
Make Your Own Seed Cake
- The beef suet helps to hold everything together and bird seed cakes would not work as well without it. Suet doesn’t rot in warm weather which makes it suitable. Many birds enjoy suet and in the winter it can replace essential fat that would otherwise come from eating insects.
- Suet is easy to make, save the fat from your roasting joints and keep it in the fridge until you have roughly three cups of fat. Heat this fat up in a saucepan until it turns to liquid and then sieve it into another saucepan. Once the fat has hardened in the second saucepan, repeat the process. You then have suet. Suet can also be purchased from butcher shops.
- To make the bird seed cakes, heat up the three cups of fat until it is soft enough to stir. Remove the pan from the heat and add roughly 1.5 cups of peanut butter, another 1.5 cups of corn meal and roughly three cups of wild bird seed. This is the basic mix for bird seed cakes.
- The next step is to transfer them into tray to leave them to set in the fridge. This amount of seed cake mix should make roughly 12-muffin sized bird seed cakes. Before you let them set, push some chord into the seed cake to enable you to hang it up. Using paper liners as you would for muffins makes removing them a lot easier.
- Once the bird seed cakes have set, remove the paper cups and you hang them outside so that the birds can enjoy them.
- You can add other things to the bird seed cakes such as raisins or other dried fruits.