Rendering Beef Fat for Suet Cakes and Cones (Bird Food)
40 mins (prep 10, cooking 30)
7 ingredients
12 servings
My husband and I are bird lovers, and are always looking for ways to bring them closer to us. Suet is essential for winter survival, as it provides heat and energy for their little bodies. I've recently read several articles on how to render beef fat for making your own suet cakes. Although they aren't expensive to buy, it's always rewarding to make something yourself. The best base for the cakes is fat rendered from beef suet. The heating process not only eliminates impurities, but it becomes harder with each 'melting/cooling' process. This will give you a finished product that can withstand higher outdoor temperature (if hung in shade). Many bird food recipes I've read mention using only peanut butter, lard or shortening as a base for the cakes. These however, will soften and go rancid faster. In addition to suet 'cakes', you can also load pine cones with warm suet and roll in seeds. What a great gift for your 'bird loving friends'. Suet is fat that is located around the kidneys. It is not the same as fat bits that are trimmed from cuts of meat.Notes:- 2 lbs of raw suet will yield approximately 12 cups of fat.- Purchased suet cakes measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 x 1-1/4" thick. Save your 250ml dairy containers (sour cream, cottage cheese etc) to use as molds. They are also 4-1/2" in diameter.- Drill 1-1/2" holes in logs and fill with the suet/seed mixture.- Raw suet cuts much easier when frozen.- My yield from 12 cups of fat - 14 cakes, 12 cones- Yields will vary with the amount of seed, and molds used.- Please ignore the indicated number of servings. :)

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Serving Size (103.93 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 865.34 Calories from Fat 827.73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 91.97g 1697.88%
Saturated Fat 27.01g 1620.79%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 75.42mg 301.67%
Sodium 53.39mg 26.69%
Total Carbohydrate 7.67g 30.7%
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g 38.42%
Sugars 4.2 g %
Protein 2.56g 61.36%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.01mg%
Calcium 3.96mg% Iron 0.21mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
beef suet, unsalted peanuts, unsalted peanuts, dried apple