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Mary Smith

Ah, yes. I love to make suet too! Fabulous bird photos and some familiar characters too! I mentioned your name in my post yesterday. We were in awe of the beauty of Deep Cove and I was thinking about you guys! I'm not sure if Ma would have googled suet...


love love love the hairy woodpecker shot! i'd like it to go with the owl picture set i ordered for my living room. please.

Erica Feunekes

You sampled it????


If you're serious about the headcheese, we'll save the pertinent parts for you next time we butcher one of our pigs... :o)

The Other Pete

That's great, Martina! Nice pictures.

I did the same thing this past winter, except I asked our butcher for some suet. He gave me so much we ended up giving it away to friends and family.

The Other Pete

By the way, do you ever get bushtits at the feeders? When we were in Langley, they would come in hordes and drape themselves all over the suet feeder.

My teenage (male) students think its hilarious that there are birds with names like that.


Erica: I couldn't help but lick the spoon once. Bacon fat mixed with peanut butter smells better than it tastes.

Other Pete: I read that rendering suet is incredibly foul-smelling and should be done outdoors. True?

We do get bushtits! Dozens of them descend on the feeder. They're very flighty, so it's hard to get a good picture.

The Other Pete

As far as rendering the suet is concerned, it's not foul-smalling at all. It smells like frying meat.

You just need a large pan with a lid so that you can heat up the suet and melt the fat out of it. I just put it on the stove for a couple of hours on low heat and it's done.


Hmmmm, maybe I'll try rendering suet next time, and mix my salvaged grease with it. There is some controversy over whether the salt in bacon fat is harmful to birds, so I'd like to dilute it.


Those pictures are stunning!

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