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Chickadee Pie

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups chopped suet
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup water 
  1. Melt the suet over medium-low heat. Do not over-heat as this fat can ignite! When mostly malted (there may be some solid lumps that just won't melt), add other ingredients and mix well. Pour into an 8 x 8 pan, cool and cut into cubes. The 'pie' can be 'served' in an onion bag or wire suet feeder.
  2. If using an onion or mesh bag, be sure to keep the bag quite full as birds can become entangled in a nearly empty bad. Secure the 'pie' holder carefully as crows might take off with the whole thing. Keep leftover 'pie' in the freezer and the portion being fed in the shade so that it will not go rancid. In warm weather, check suet products frequently to ensure they have not gone bad.  Throw out all rancid suet products and clean the holder thoroughly.

Variations:

  1. Other seeds and nuts can be added if desired, but no salted fats, such as bacon fats or fats collected from the kitchen.
  2. The mixture, when still semi-liquid, can be poured or spread into holes in a suet log. Or, dip cones repeatedly in the mixture until heavily coated and hang them from tree branches.  Great fun and a little bit messy hands-on experience for kids!