We very much enjoy feeding our wild bird population, but just like anything else available commercially, bird food is expensive.
To make your own suet cakes, melt one cup of rendered beef suet over low heat, add 1 cup cornmeal, 1 and 1/2 cups wild bird seed mix, raisins if you wish, and dried egg shells if you have any! You can also add bits of any dried fruit, dry oatmeal, et cetera. Mix well. Pack into a loaf pan. Chill for about an hour or until you need it. You can also freeze these loaves for use later this winter.
Hang outside under a tree in a mesh bag that you have saved from buying lemons or limes.
Gift Idea: Pour mixture into muffin tins and give these as Christmas gifts to fellow bird watchers.
Sidenote: I render beef suet, available from my local butcher shop very affordably, in my crockpot. It’s healthier for you than you might imagine, and it’s great for frying.