Prep 3 hrs
Cook 336 hrs
mincemeat is a good old fashion sweet meat mixture that is presearved with liquor. good in pies and tarts and in the center of a cookie, cook time includes the time it needs to set.
- 1 lb venison or 1 lb lean beef
- 1 quart apple cider (or 2 cups cider and 2 cups cranberry juice)
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon mace
- 1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
- 1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon clove
- 1⁄4 lb suet or 1⁄4 lb butter
- 1⁄2 lb currants (1 1/2 cups firmly packed)
- 1⁄2 lb golden raisin (1 1/2 cups firmly packed)
- 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 minced lemon, juice and rind of (or orange if you like it less tart)
- 1⁄4 cup liquor
- Trim the meat (i used the the beef) if necessary and dice it into small cubes.
- Pour the cider into a large saucepan or small kettle and add the sweeteners and spices.
- Add the meat and bring this mixture to a boil, then turn down and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
- Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, turn off the heat and add the currants, raisins, cranberries and lemon rind and juice to the hot cider/broth mixture.
- Let these steep while you grind or mince the meat along with the suet, if you're using it.
- (Suet gives depth to the flavor of the mixture-- I did not use the Suet).
- Return the meat (and suet) to the fruit mixture, bring back to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 1/2 hour.
- Boil off enough liquid so the mixture is thick.
- If you opted not to use suet, melt and blend in the butter at this point.
- Butter was used in place of suet in years past but was considered a luxury in a pie.
- Since these days we're more apt to have butter around, it may not be quite such a luxury for us and may be more to our 20th century taste.
- After the mixture has cooled, add 1/4 cup of"spirits.
- "This may be anything brandy or rum This adds flavor and helps preserve the mincemeat.
- Cover and store mincemeat in a cool place for 2 or more weeks if you have time.
- Give it an occasional stir (clockwise!) and add 2 or 3 more tablespoons of spirits if you wish.