Praise the Lard

praise-the-lard  –  Lard.  Its not just for breakfast anymore!  Neighbor Melly Sue just brought over the traditional pre lenten Pazckis… which, we all know, must be deep fried in LARD…. not Crisco – Not Shortening – LARD.



Few of you may realize that real LARD is a THING.  It is rendered, that is boiled off of – the fat IMAG0534(back fat) of our porcine friends.  Sorry Vegans.

Well when you deep fry something in lard…. you end up with a pot of melted lard and the conversation over coffee and Pazckis turned to what to do with the leftovers.  As we contemplated this dicey problem…. looking out the kitchen window at the chickadees – which are taking on a blue hue on account of the cold…. we chorused in unison.. SUET BALLS!

So we fired up the old laptop and got THIS gem from the old Farmers Almanac:

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  • 2 parts melted fat (bacon fat, suet, or lard)
  • 2 parts yellow cornmeal
  • 1 part peanut butter

Mix all ingredients together and cook for a few minutes. Pour into small containers (tuna fish cans are good), and refrigerate or freeze until needed.  As it cools you can add some bird seed mix or not – its good either way.  Mixture can also be stuffed into 1-inch holes drilled in small logs to hang from trees. The recipe can be made all year long as long as you accumulate fat. Fasten containers securely to trees or feeders.  suet300x285

You can buy a suet cage at your local hardware store.  Or recycle net bags from onions.  If you can keep the squirrels out the birds will love you for it!