Hoping to attract woodpeckers, I tracked down an excellent suet recipe, Martha Sargent’s no-melt peanut butter suet at http://www.farmandairy.com. The link is broken, so I will include the recipe:
1 c crunchy peanut butter
1 c lard
2 c quick cooking oats
2 c corn meal
1 c flour
1/3 c sugar
Melt one cup crunchy peanut butter and one cup of lard over low heat
Combine two cups of quick cook oats, two cups of corn meal, one cup of white flour, and 1/3 cup sugar
Add dry ingredients to pb and lard mixture
The recipe calls for forming a big square and cutting the blocks to size after freezing.
The standard basket size is 4.25″ square, so you can form one big 8.5″x8.5″ block and cut it in half each way. Take an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper, fold as shown then cut into a square. Place it below the waxed paper and form the suet block to the edges. When chilled, you can cut the block in half both ways and form four blocks that will fit perfectly into the standard basket. You can also form each one separately into a 4.25″ square.
Three types of woodpeckers as well as nearly every bird that visits our feeder filled with a seed mixture showed up to try out the suet. The woodpeckers have revisited regularly.