Period Mincemeat

Albert Sailhorst

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From: “The Book of Household Management” By Isabella Beeton, 1861

MINCEMEAT

2 lbs. of raisins, 3 lbs. of currants, 1-1/2 lb. of
lean beef, 3 lbs. of beef suet, 2 lbs. of moist sugar, 2 oz. of citron,
2 oz. of candied lemon-peel, 2 oz. of candied orange-peel, 1 small
nutmeg, 1 pottle of apples, the rind of 2 lemons, the juice of 1, 1/2
pint of brandy.


Stone and cut the raisins once or twice across, but do not
chop them; wash, dry, and pick the currants free from stalks and grit,
and mince the beef and suet, taking care that the latter is chopped very
fine; slice the citron and candied peel, grate the nutmeg, and pare,
core, and mince the apples; mince the lemon-peel, strain the juice, and
when all the ingredients are thus prepared, mix them well together,
adding the brandy when the other things are well blended; press the
whole into a jar, carefully exclude the air, and the mincemeat will be
ready for use in a fortnight.


Seasonable. Make this about the beginning of December.
 

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Northern Light

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So what does mincemeat taste like?
If you have meat in it, it tastes like a sweet ground beef pie. If there is not meat in it, it tastes like Christmas!
Seriously, if you like fruitcake and Christmas pudding you probably will like mincemeat. if you don't like those, you probably won't like mincemeat, as they contain a lot of the the same ingredients. I love it, and have been known to eat it from the jar with a spoon, but you can keep the meat, thanks all the same!
 

Mrs. V

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My Mom and I make mincemeat from green tomato. It is quite good. I will have to find the recipe..it is called the poor man’s mincemeat! My Mom says she only has two more jars of her homemade mince..Gasp! I think next year I will have to go down and we will make and can some...it really is very good.
 

Mrs. V

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So what does mincemeat taste like?
It is sweet, at least the kind you get in the grocery..and a bit tart, because of the citrion..difficult to describe. We actually take mincemeat from the jar and put it on vanilla icecream. You get the flavor, without the big carb payload that a slice of pie would “cost” you. (My son is a T1-Diabetic, so trust me, I am the carb count queen).
 

Dave Hull

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Another one of those too sweet for me things, although, from all accounts, my Grandmother's mince pies were some of the best around. The mere mention of mince pies and maple sugar cookies make my teeth hurt to this day. Not much that she made I did not love but those two no thanks. Maybe buckwheat pancakes as well...
 

Mrs. V

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Now is the time to scope out your local grocery store “close out” section..usually at the back of the store, or some crazy corner..ask...I would avoid the “rum” added mincemeat..it’s terribly sweet..You can use this item in a pie, or over vanilla ice cream. Especially if you are counting carbs...I will say it is quite good over yogurt based ice cream as well as regular....
 
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