Your Suet Ball Recipes

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Your Suet Ball Recipes

  • Do you make your own suet balls feed and if so what recipes do you use.

    My basic recipe is:

    Package of Suet, left over bread crumbs, high energy seeds and kibbled peanuts.

    I gently heat the suet in a suitably sized pan.

    In a mixing bowl I’ll place the rest of the ingredients.

    Once the suet has fully melted (not boiled) add this to the bowl.

    Mix the ingredients. The texture required is sticky which will go solid when set.

    I find the amounts of ingredients vary from time to time but it is probably best to start wet and add bread crumbs to thicken.

    I then fill the old coconuts which I purchased some time ago and place them carefully in the fridge to set solid.

    You can use either veggy or beef suet which ever you feel comfortable using.

    Be careful not to boil the suet for various reasons including for H&S reasons which will become obvious if you spill the hot liquid over yourself.

    Richard

  • Hi Richard

    Thanks for the recipe, sounds so good I might give a go myself.

    Robert

  • Hi Richard,sounds a real good recipe and definitely a good idea for a thread.

    We haven't made them for a while but like you, use the empty coconut shells as well as our empty curry paste cartons.

    Our recipe is so simple but goes down really well and it is very nutritious.

    Pop the mixed seeds and crushed or split  nuts into the cartons/shells and pour over the warm melted fat.We use Beef dripping . A quick stir.let it set and Bobs your uncle.

    I do pop smaller seeds in as well as the high protein.

    Cheating though, as i have a couple of bought cocunut shells up at the moment  ha ha.

  • Robert

    Hi Richard

    Thanks for the recipe, sounds so good I might give a go myself.

    Robert

    Hi Robert

    You'll find the right mixture / consistancy with practice.

     

    Hi All

    Don't be shy, lets have your recipes :-)

    Richard

  • Sheena

    Hi Richard,sounds a real good recipe and definitely a good idea for a thread.

    We haven't made them for a while but like you, use the empty coconut shells as well as our empty curry paste cartons.

    Our recipe is so simple but goes down really well and it is very nutritious.

    Pop the mixed seeds and crushed or split  nuts into the cartons/shells and pour over the warm melted fat.We use Beef dripping . A quick stir.let it set and Bobs your uncle.

    I do pop smaller seeds in as well as the high protein.

    Cheating though, as i have a couple of bought cocunut shells up at the moment  ha ha.

    Hi Sheena

    Does the dripping set firmly ?

    Richard

  • Richard

    I wasn't thinking about the birds, I just get a little peckish from time to time....    :-)

    Robert

  • Robert

    Richard

    I wasn't thinking about the birds, I just get a little peckish from time to time....    :-)

    Robert

    LMSO :-))

  • Yes Richard, we usually pop them in the fridge for a little while.Firm, but not too hard like some of the bought fat balls tend to get in winter and all the birds break their beaks ha ha.

    I used to find on really cold days the poor little birds could not feed from the solid commercial ones and that is why we intially started doing them ourselves.I only ever make them from around October until April.

     

  • Robert

    Richard

    I wasn't thinking about the birds, I just get a little peckish from time to time....    :-)

    Robert

     

    Ha ha ha ha :0)

  • Sheena

    Yes Richard, we usually pop them in the fridge for a little while.Firm, but not too hard like some of the bought fat balls tend to get in winter and all the birds break their beaks ha ha.

    I used to find on really cold days the poor little birds could not feed from the solid commercial ones and that is why we intially started doing them ourselves.I only ever make them from around October until April.

    Sheena

    Hmmm interesting, I hadn't considered that and will certainly adopt that idea for this coming winters recipes.

    Cheers

    Richard

  • Hi Richard

    I have to say I have never made my own fatballs or anything like that at all - maybe it is down to laziness after all.

    I am afraid I cannot help with any recipe

    So I should really look into making my own as it is cheaper to do that.  I have not saved any coconut shells and should that for the sakes of my own recipes.

    So I will take on board what you have said and take notes of your recipe and any others that appear on this thread.

    Regards

    Kathy and Dave

  • Hi Richard,

    I've made my own suet cakes and coconut shells for a number of years. The cost during the winter to purchase ready made ones was to much. I was hanging upto four shells a day and using a bucket of suet nibbles a week.

    If you can source a local butcher who sells beef fat / dripping in large blocks I pay roughly £10.00 ( can't remember weight) this will make dozens of shells and cakes. The costs per unit is pence rather than pounds.

    I make up a varied range of each.

    My ingredients.

    Suet melted as you have described.

    Sunflower Hearts

    Four Seasons Wild Bird Seed

    Raisin's

    Sultana's

    Dried Fruit Cake Mix

    Peanuts

    Nyjer Seed

    Mealworms

    I make up various mixures, some all Fruit, some with Mealworms and Peanut etc, mix and match.

    I use the flat cartons from chinese takeaway meals to make the cakes, you can re-use them over and over. They're the correct depth for the cake holders I have.

    Regards Buzzard

  • Incidentally the full coconuts which the top side cut out (similar to the picture below) make good live mealworm feeders in the spring and earl;y summer, but only when its dry (not raining).

  • Hi Buzzard

    Good idea - I'll ask my butcher if he can supply the suet. The prepacked brand in the supermarkets can be costly.

    RIchard

  • Thank you for your hint and tips everyone

    Richard: I will remember what you have said about the suet.

    Regards

    Kathy and Dave