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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Unrendered suet for birds

Where in the Lansing-area can I find unrendered suet? I found Meijer sells beef suet chunks. Is this the same thing as unrendered suet?

Suet is the raw, hard fat of a cow or lamb found around the loins and kidneys. Beef suet chunks is definitely unrendered.

If it’s cold enough for snow you don’t need to render the suet. You can just put the suet in a feeder or onion bag and let the birds peck at it. In the wild, birds will munch on the fat from dead animals like deer or road kill to get the high calories they require to survive cold weather. But they won’t eat it if it goes rancid.

That’s why most people buy the prepared suet cakes. Wild Birds Unlimited suet cakes are made with only the highest quality processed beef kidney fat. Special processes remove impurities that cause low melting points and spoilage problems. I like the peanutbutter suet cake but we also have the straight render suet cake too. Or you can render suet yourself to prevent spoilage.

image via Wikipedia
How to Render Suet:
1. Chop the fat.
2. Melt the fat on the stove over a low heat
3. Strain melted suet through a fine cheesecloth.
4. Let cool and harden.
5. Repeat steps 2-3. If the fat is not rendered twice, the suet will not harden properly.
6. Pour into a bread pan
7. Slice and serve after suet is hard
You can add peanut butter, dried fruit, nuts or seeds to make a variety of suets.

Other Suet Recipes: http://www.sialis.org/suet.htm

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