How to Make Squirrel Food

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This simple recipe for squirrel food will delight nature lovers who enjoy observing the silly antics of these busy woodland creatures. Squirrels are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. Yet they prefer to gain the bulk of their diet from nuts, seeds, berries and fruit. This no-melt all season squirrel suet recipe is easy to prepare and use with a variety of suet-style squirrel feeders.

    Melt the peanut butter and lard together on the stove or in the microwave.

    Remove the mixture from the stove or microwave and pour it into a large mixing bowl.

    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.

    Squirrel at suet feeder. Photo by Di the Huntress @ Creative Commons

    Store unused slices in plastic bags in your freezer.

    Things You'll Need

    • 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


    • Be sure to use unsalted nuts in your squirrel food mixes as salt can be harmful to squirrels.


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