For the Birds – Fancy Schmancy (but Very Easy) Suet Cakes

IMG_6272_1  Earlier this month I bought some suet and made some suet cakes for the birds.

Suet is beef fat, and can be purchased at the grocery store over in the (anyone?) beef section.

It's incredibly cheap, too.

So, what do you do with the suet?

My parents have always just put the suet out in some sort of suet feeder – some kind of metal cage – and let the birds have at it.  The only thing to keep in mind is that if you're going to do that, the weather outside should be very very cold, otherwise the suet – or raw fat – could become rancid.  Ick.

So why give the birds suet if it might become stinky and gross?

Because fat = calories = warmth for the tiny, feathered creatures out there, and in the winter, when food is scarce and temperatures are low, every little bit helps.

Baby Cardinal

The other day Bill and I were outside looking at the gardens and cursing whatever creature had the nerve to chomp two baby tomato plants.  Well, Bill was doing the cursing.  I was sipping my coffee like a civilized person and listening to all the different birds chirping in the surrounding trees.

And then I saw a flash of red go by me and into the overgrown hedge that leans into our yard from our neighbor's yard.  I heard movement in there – a busy fluttery sound – and as I stared at the branches, I figured out what was going on.