Helen, whose blog ‘Growing out of Chaos’ I follow (http://www.silverbells.wordpress.com) mentioned that she had picked some eating apples which would not store. I suggested she make some mincemeat and offered to give her the recipe. It occurs to me that she may not be the only one faced with that problem so I decided to share it here. Actually this is such a nice recipe that it is worth buying apples for! I heard it on the radio nearly 30 years ago and have been making it ever since. It contains no fat and most of the sweetness comes from the fruit so it is relatively healthy. And it doesn’t need maturing so you can make it and use it at once. It is in Imperial weights – sorry to those of you too young to be familiar with them – 1lb (pound) is 450 grams and there are 16 oz (ounces) to each pound

2 lb eating apples grated

1lb sultanas

8 oz raisins

8 oz mixed candied peel

4 oz dark muscovado sugar

finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 pint (just under 300ml) cloudy apple juice

Mix the whole lot together in a large pan, bring to a boil and simmer gently for 30 mins stirring frequently. Transfer to warm sterilised jars and seal.

14 thoughts on “Mincemeat

  1. DawnGillDesigns October 26, 2021 / 6:53 am

    This is almost identical to my nan’s recipe – but – as is almost always the case in her family recipes her’s calls for booze in place of juice, ha ha.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 27, 2021 / 10:07 am

      That sets me thinking that I might try substituting cider in one batch!

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  2. nanacathy2 October 26, 2021 / 7:34 am

    This looks lovely, and no suet or veggie alternative, I shall try this, thank you.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 27, 2021 / 10:08 am

      Good luck with it and do let me know how you get on with it.


  3. Laurie Graves October 26, 2021 / 3:17 pm

    Looks delicious! In the U.S., we still use pounds and ounces for measuring. You might be interested in knowing that in Maine in the old days, mincemeat often had deer meat in it.

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 27, 2021 / 10:10 am

      I gather that in the UK it was originally a meat based treat but included spices and fruit to make it a treat and to disguise meat that was past its best! I guess in Maine deer meat was what was available. I know American recipes use cup measures but hadn’t realised that they also still use ponds and ounces. Here everything went to grams and kilos years ago.

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      • Laurie Graves October 27, 2021 / 3:55 pm

        We are still using pounds and ounces, and I don’t foresee a change anytime soon.

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      • Going Batty in Wales October 28, 2021 / 9:41 am

        I think it happened here as part of standardising with European Union rules – but of course now we have left the EU! However I don’t see us changing back.

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  4. paperpenandmug October 28, 2021 / 1:59 pm

    Very similar to my own recipe and the first 3 kilos made last weekend. Just love the smell of mincemeat and itis so versatile.


  5. Helen October 29, 2021 / 8:37 pm

    Thank you very much for both the recipe and the mention.

    The recipe looks very good and I will give it a go. My daughter loves mince pieces, so I can imagine it will go down well with her 😊

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    • Going Batty in Wales October 30, 2021 / 9:36 am

      I hope you enjoy it.


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