I know I’ve done a ton of posts lately about all the things you can do with rendered deer fat, and I promise I’ll be finished soon, but I’ve got just one or two more. We try to use all parts of the animal we’ve harvested and feel like not wasting any of it is part of being respectful of the life we took to feed our family. Here we are making bird feeder suet blocks from the fat and using nuts and seeds grown in our garden. Everything in these blocks came from right here on our land. 🙂 In hindsight, I wish I had saved a handful of grapes from our vines and dried them to add to this mix, but my mind just wasn’t on that when it was grape picking and preserving season. This is super simple to make and takes just a few minutes to put together. The only proportion is that the total measure of nuts and seeds is the same as the amount of fat you pour in, otherwise you can change the volume to make your blocks as big or small as you want.
Lets do it…
- Finely chop a handful of peanuts. I’ve used raw, but I don’t think it matters whether they’re roasted or not.
- Winnow the millet just a little, but save all the bits to mix into the suet. *To winnow, simply rub the millet between your hands to separate the chaff (outer shell) from the grain. You won’t be completely separating it, like true winnowing, just roughing it up a little.
- Shell your sunflower seeds, or not. Again, I don’t think it matters THAT much.
- Place all your ingredients in a measuring cup to see how much fat you will need.
- Add the same amount of fat to a small pot and turn it on low on the stovetop.
- When the fat is melted, add the nut/seed mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
- Pour into a mold to cool. I use a paper cup on a plate so that I can just peel it once cool.
- Wrap the suet block in a square of re-purposed netting like you get a bag of potatoes or oranges in.
- Tie it off and hang it out for your bird friends!
So ridiculously easy, you probably didn’t need instructions! 🙂