Make Birdseed With Raisins & Sunflower Seeds

Black oil sunflower seeds are a favorite of many birds. When combined with other ingredients including raisins they can make a feeder cake for the birds. You don’t need additional bird feeders to make the seed available to the birds. Set the finished cakes on the ground for ground feeding birds or hang them from tree branches with string for all the birds. These sunflower and raisin birdseed cakes are less expensive than similar ones found at stores.


1. Melt 1 pound of lard in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the stove top and add a 16 ounce jar of crunchy peanut butter in a medium saucepan, mixing it well to combine.

2. Add 1 cup of raisins and 1 cup of sunflower seeds and stir into the lard mixture.

3. Add 6 cups of cornmeal—either white or yellow—and 5 cups of flour. Stir until it is thoroughly combined.

4. Scoop the mixture into greased muffin tins, pressing it into each tin until full with no air bubbles. Place in the freezer overnight.

5. Remove the raisin and sunflower cakes from the tins. Poke a hole in the center with a pencil and thread a piece of yard through. Tie the ends of the yarn together to make a loop. Place the loop over a branch or hook to hang.

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