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How to Cook Mincemeat for the Holidays

Not exactly sure what Mincemeat is?

mincemeat tartsNot many people do, but it is a traditional dish made in those regions where the World was colonized British, in general.

There are variations in Australia, Canada, USA, northern Europe, Ireland & South Africa.

How to Cook Mincemeat:

The recipe I’m sharing for my mincemeat is one which yields enough for 6 pies.

  • Tip: If you’re going to go through all of this effort to make mincemeat, make a few more jars, so you’re ready to bake a mincemeat pie or mincemeat tarts anytime.

This recipe for mincemeat should be made 2 – 3 weeks before using it, as it must age first.

Type: Pie Recipe

Serve as: pie or tarts
Prep Time: 20 – 25 min
Cook Time: 1 1/2 – 2 hrs
Canning Time: 1 1/2 hrs in a canner
Age Time: 2 – 3 weeks
Yields: enough for 6 pies



  1. Prepare apples by peeling, slicing & coring them.
  2. Mix together in a large pot, lean beef, beef suet, sugar, apple cider, raisins, currants, candied citron, candied orange peel, candied lemon peel, lemon zest & juice, cinnamon, mace, cloves, salt, pepper, sour cherries & juice, nuts & coriander, and bring to a simmer for approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hrs. Stir frequently, so there is no scorching.
  3. When cooked, ladle into sterilized jars, allowing for a head space of 1/2 inch.
  4. Wipe off threads on the jars, apply lids & tops, and process in a canner for 1 1/2 hours or in a pressure cooker under 11 lbs of pressure.
  5. Allow water to cool in pressure cooker or remove jars from canner. When lids pop, the jars are sealed.
  6. Store in a cool, dark, dry location for at least 2 – 3 weeks prior to use.

This mincemeat recipe can be slightly adjusted to adhere to your own personal taste.

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  1. Thank you SO much for this, however, is there some way to do this without canning it? I do not have the facilities, equipment, physical strength or resources to do so. Can it just be cooked and then aged in the refrigerator or freezer – – and, if so, how? But, thank you SO VERY Much for your MOST DELIGHTFUL enlightenment!

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    • Hello J’Marinde…Yes, you can make the mincemeat just as in this recipe, and fill mason jars just over 3/4 full, but not completely, and store it in the freezer until you are in need of it for baking. Hope that helps. Thanks for checking us out here. Have a marvelous weekend,


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