Make Your Own Mincemeat (From an 18th Century Recipe)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe is from the Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery, Volume 7. My mother and I made this recipe for mincemeat pie a couple of years ago, and it was to die for! Not everyone likes mince pie, and I for one hated it as a kid. But this is so good! Cooking time does not include time for pie baking option.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Simmer beef in 2 c water, covered for about 10 minutes.
  2. Put beef and broth in large kettle and add all other ingredients except liquors.
  3. Let come to a hard boil.
  4. Then turn down heat low and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring to keep from sticking and to assure even distribution of spices and fat through the mixture.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Then add spirits.
  7. Place in jars or a single gallon jar and store in a cool dark place for 3 weeks before using.
  8. Frozen it will keep up to 6 months.
  9. For Pie:.
  10. Fill pastry-lined pie pan with mincemeat.
  11. Adjust top crust or lattice top, and bake in preheated hot oven (425) for 30 minutes.