Homemade suet for the birds

During the winter and spring is when birds most benefit from this high energy food source.
Melt 1 lb. of lard in a big bowl in the microwave for two minutes. Mix in 1/2 cup peanut butter (optional) until melted. Stir in 2 cups black sunflower seeds, 2 cups chicken scratch (or other seed), and 3/4 cup of bird seed. Quickly pour into molds/containers and put into a cold spot or refrigerator until hardened.

Run hot water over molds to release the wreaths, and roll in bird seed to cover. Fold a (18″ish) ribbon or strip of fabric through the center of front and loop it through.

Slip into plastic bags and tie up the top with the ribbon or fabric. Store in a cool place – hang in a shady spot outside. Warning: Has been know to also attract raccoons, squirrels and bears.