Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Old-Time Mincemeat

2 pounds lean beef
1 pound finely chopped suet
4 pounds tart apples, chopped
1/2 pound chopped citron
3 pounds sugar
3 pounds currants
2 pounds raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons mace
2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon allspice
1 Tablespoon salt
1 pint apple cider
1 pint any canned fruit juice
Rind of 1 orange grated
Rind of 1 lemon grated
Juice of 2 oranges
Juice of 2 lemons

Combine all ingredients except orange and lemon juices. Cook for about one hour over low heat until apples are tender and meat is cooked. Then add orange and lemon juice and cook about ten more minutes.

If I were making mincemeat, I would probably freeze it. Consult your home extension agent about safe processing methods if you want to preserve the mincemeat by canning it.

This recipe was collected by my mother, Doris Hill, who wrote it by hand on a recipe card for her files. I remember mincemeat pie at holiday dinners at my Grandma Barb's house, but I don't remember my mother ever making it.

Making a batch of mincemeat was one old-time way of preserving the meat after a beef was butchered. On a farm, people sometimes had a little slice of mincemeat pie at breakfast.

Another great Easy Recipe

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All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
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