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How do you make wild bird suet cakes?

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To make suet cakes for wild birds process 2 cups of shelled, unsalted peanuts in a food processor until they are the consistency of peanut butter. Add 1/2 cup of raisins and process for one minute more. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornmeal and process for another minute. Press into any kind of mold that you prefer.

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To attract woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees, melt 1 cup of lard and 1 cup of peanut butter in a large pan. Add 1/3 cup of coconut, 2 1/2 cups of oats and 2 1/2 cups of cornmeal. Pour the mixture into a pan and chill in the refrigerator overnight. When solid, cut into squares and wrap each one in plastic wrap for easy storage in the refrigerator or freezer. You can also add optional ingredients such as raisins, birdseed and nuts.

Another bird treat cake can hang in mesh bags or at feeders. Mix 1 cup of lard with 1 cup of peanut butter. Add 1 cup of honey, 2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of oats and 2 eggs. When the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, pour them into a greased 9-inch square pan and bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

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