February 5, 2007 Showcase Minnesota

Julie Zickefoose has kindly let me demo the suet recipe she uses on Showcase Minnesota. Here's a link to a blog post Julie did on how big a batch she likes to make as well as the original recipe.

Julie said that the original Peanut Butter Suet Dough Recipe is by Carrie Griffis--she fed it to a wild pileated woodpecker out of her hand. Carrie fed it to the adults who then fed it to their young. I can't imagine one of those guys eating out of my hand!

1 cup cheap peanut butter
1 cup lard

Melt these two over low heat, being careful not to let it scorch. Remove from heat and stir in:

2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
2 cups quick oats
1 cup flour

Allow to cool and harden, then chop into chunks and store at room temperature in jars. Serve crumbled in a shallow dish. Attracts bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, jays, wrens, thrashers, orioles, cardinals, and towhees. Julie recommends that bluebirds might need a little extra encouragement to try it, so you made need to add mealworms when you first feed it. Yum!

Julie also says, "I can make this on air if there is a stove available." Those are some strong hands.