Gourmet Bird Food Balls

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  • 2 pounds ground suet
  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup bacon grease
  • 1 pound regular oatmeal
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • Bird feed with sunflower seeds


  1. Have the butcher grind the suet.
  2. Place suet in a pan and melt over medium heat.
  3. Strain into a large bowl.
  4. Add peanut butter, molasses, bacon grease, oatmeal and corn meal.
  5. Add enough seeds until mixture can be rolled into balls.
  6. Roll into two-inch balls and coat with bird feed while warm.
  7. Chill.
  8. Place outside for the birds.
  9. If using as a gift, wrap individual balls in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon.
  10. Attach a label indicating it is for the birds.

Yield: 24 two-inch balls