Make your own suet cakes for the birds using this No Melt recipe that creates a suet cake dough that should not melt in typical summer or warm winter weather.
2cupsQuick Cooking Oats
1cupChunky Peanut Butter
Combine the oats, cornmeal, flour, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the peanut butter on top of the dry ingredients.
Melt the lard in a microwave safe container (I use my glass measuring cup). It should take about 30 to 45 seconds to melt the lard. (I usually stop microwaving before it's totally melted and just stir it to melt the last remaining bits).
Pour the melted lard over the ingredients in the mixing bowl and stir to combine everything together.
Press the mixture into individual molds (Recycled containers from store bought bird cakes work well). Put the molds into the refrigerator to harden a bit more. This recipe makes about four suet cakes.
Once hardened the cakes can be removed from the molds and put into suet cage containers outdoors for the birds to enjoy.
You can also put this mixture into a larger pan, put the pan in the refrigerator for the mixture to harden a bit, and then cut it into blocks. I found that the cakes crumbled apart somewhat with this method and preferred using individual molds.Extra cakes can be stored in the freezer until you are ready to use them.