Mincemeat

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. lean boiled beef, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. beef suet, chopped (kidney suet best)
  • 3 3/4 lbs. raw apples, pared and chopped
  • 1/2 lb. currants
  • 1 lb. seeded raisins, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 oz. each, candied orange rind, lemon rind and citron, chopped
  • grated rind of 2 lemons or oranges
  • 5 cups brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 5 cups cider

Directions

Combine all ingredient in the order given in large, heavy pan; simmer very gently 2 hours; stirring occasionally. When cold, turn into jars, cover tightly, and keep in cool, dry place. This will keep 6 months. Sufficient for five 9-inch pies.
If you want brandy or sherry, it can be poured through slits in top crust for added flavor. Lattice pies work best for this. Use 3 tablespoons of liquid. Allow to sit 3 or 4 minutes.
Susan Brookie
Willoughby, Ohio

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