Quick Bird Suet Recipe for Summer

Suet is an excellent food for many breeds of birds as they can enjoy it throughout the year. However, the biggest problem with typical bird suet is that it melts during the hot summer days.

But birds still need this food during summer because they need extra energy to nurture and protect their hatchlings. Suet is a high-fat food that provides birds with the calories they need.

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You can keep offering it to birds during summer as well by switching to this no-melt recipe. Let’s discuss the best way to make bird suet that your little feathered friends can rely on for the summer season.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Quick-cooking oats – 2 cups
  • All-purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Cornmeal – 2 cups
  • White sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Lard or beef fat – 1 cup
  • Chunky peanut butter (use low-oil and low-fat variety) – 1 cup

Equipment You’ll Need

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Microwave safe container
  • Small plastic containers

How to Make the Bird Suet for Summer?

  1. Take a large mixing bowl and add sugar, flour, cornmeal, and oats to it.
  2. Add the chunky peanut butter to the bowl with dry ingredients. Make sure that you use a low-oil and low-fat peanut butter variety to prevent melting and keep bird suet fresh for a longer period.
  3. Place the lard or beef fat in a microwave-safe container and heat it for about 30 to 45 seconds. Make sure that you don’t melt it completely.
  4. Remove the container with lard and stir it for 5 to 10 seconds.
  5. Pour the warm lard in the mixing bowl over the rest of the ingredients.
  6. Stir the mixture well so that it’s combined evenly.
  7. Add the mixture to plastic containers. You can also use strings to hang the bird suet on tree branches.
  8. Place the containers with suet in your freezer so that it hardens a bit more.
  9. Remove the containers from the freezer once the suet has hardened.
  10. Remove it from containers and place it in your yard as desired. Choose places that don’t receive direct sunlight.


  • You can also use a large pan for the bird suet before placing it in the refrigerator. Then you can cut it once it is hardened. This method will come in handy if you don’t have any recycled containers.
  • Adding all-purpose flour and using less lard will allow the bird suet to retain its shape and freshness during hot summer days.
  • Don’t forget to freeze each piece before placing it in your backyard to keep it fresh for a longer period of time. Place small pieces of bird suet in bird feeders at once sure that the birds eat all of it before it can go rancid.
  • Always place the bird suet in places that do not receive direct sunlight so that the suet pieces remain cool. You can also pick up the remaining bird suet from your yard at the end of the day to store it in your refrigerator to use the next day.

And if you’re vegan and want to share a treat to your feathered visitors, here’s a vegan bird suet recipe you can try to prep.