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Coming to Big Bear to enjoy the mountain wildlife?  Set out some of these homemade treats and you’re sure to attract some furry and feathered ‘locals’.

Big Bear LocalA Bird’s Delight

  • 1 1/4 lb. suet
  • 1/2 C. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 C. crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 C. cracked corn kernels

 Melt suet in the oven or saucepan (yields about 2 cups liquid fat). Stir in peanuts, sunflower seeds and corn. Spoon into a        4-cup heart-shaped mold (or two 2-cup molds); insert a drinking straw at the top (for rope). Cool in the refrigerator until solid.

Unmold; remove straw. Thread with string and tie to a shaded tree branch.
(recipe from budget101.com)


           Bird Goodies

  • 4 C. suet
  • 1/4 C. millet
  • 1 C. cracker or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 C. sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 C. dried fruit: raisins,
  • currants or dates
  •  1/4 C. peanuts or peanut butter

Melt the suet or solid fat in a large, heavy saucepan until it is liquid. Remove from heat and allow it to cool until slightly thickened.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl, then pour the cooled suet over the mixture. Stir thoroughly.  While the mixture is warm and pliable, you can spread it onto tree trunks or tree limbs for easy feeding. You can pack it into the spaces in pine cones and hang the pine cones on a tree. Or you can spread it in a 1-inch deep baking pan and refrigerate overnight. When the suet is hardened, cut it into squares to fit your feeder.
(recipe from budget101.com)

               Homemade Squirrel FoodBig Bear Local

  • 1 cup crunchy-style peanut butter
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 2 cups corn meal
  • 1 cup lard
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup whole corn kernels
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • 8-by-8 foil pan

Melt the peanut butter and lard together on the stove or in the microwave. Add 2 cups of quick oats, 2 cups of corn meal, 1 cup of white flour, 1 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds, 1 cup of unsalted peanuts and 1 cup of whole corn kernels. Mix thoroughly into a peanut butter-like consistency.

Pour the mixture into an 8-by-8 inch foil pan and press firmly with the spatula. Set it aside and allow it to cool completely. Remove the hardened mixture from the pan and slice it into quarters. This quartered size should fit most suet-style squirrel feeders.

Store unused slices in plastic bags in your freezer.
(recipe from ehow.com)

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