Total Time
Prep 2 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

Aunt Jewel was a reknown woodscook in the Patten, Maine lumber camps back in the 40's. This is her recipe. This mincemeat is very rich but not too sweet. (You may add a 1/2 c. of water to each pint for a juicier pie.) Processed this will keep for 2+ years. This make ten pints or 10 frozen pies.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Simmer venison neck or roast in unsalted water until tender.
  2. Cool and remove meat.
  3. Run meat, suet, raisins and currents through meat grinder with a fine blade attached.
  4. Combine all the ingredients.
  5. Place in a roasting pan.
  6. Stirring occasionally, cook at 325F until the apples are tender and mincemeat is hot.
  7. Pack in hot pint jars and seal.
  8. Place in hot water bath for 10 minutes.
  9. Makes 10 pints.


Most Helpful

this is an excellent recipe.
authentic, tastey and American.
occasionally i add roasted walnuts, apples and pears or figs, grapes, dried sour cherries, cranberries, or dates.
but this core recipe has been lovingly put in my recipe box.
thank you so much for sharing it.

sumwontoluv February 08, 2013

Made this a few weeks ago and it is really good! I idn't have suet, so I substituted butter. Also substituted dried cranberries for the currants. Lastly, couldn't find citron so I eliminated that. Added a tsp of minced fresh ginger because I saw it mentioned in a similar recipe and I love the flavor of ginger. I could eat this straight out of the can!

Caretta December 08, 2009

sounds extra good, aroostook, Would like to try it, if your husband doesn't make some. Gram Drew

Gram Drew August 18, 2004

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