Traditional mincemeat

Traditional mincemeat

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Plus soaking


Makes about 2kg (4 x 500ml jars)

Try making your mincemeat well in advance of Christmas to give the flavours maximum time to mature

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per tbsp

  • kcal70
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 250g raisin
  • 375g currant
  • 100ml brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • zest of 1 lemon, juice of ½



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 300g shredded suet
  • 250g dark brown sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 85g chopped mixed peel
  • ½ small nutmeg, grated



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 1 large Bramley apple, peeled and grated
    Bramley apples

    Bramley apple

    bram-lee app-el

    A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…


  1. Soak the raisins and currants in the brandy and lemon juice for 1 hr until plumped up, then drain and set the brandy aside. Mix all the ingredients together in the order given, then pour in the brandy when everything else is well mixed. Spoon and press into sterilised jars, to exclude any air (the easiest way to sterilise jars is to run them through a dishwasher on its hottest setting). Cover and leave for at least a fortnight. Will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.

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29th Sep, 2010
made this last year made it about 2 months before xmas it tasted great will be making more this year
12th Sep, 2010
A lovely recipe to use with children, we made this in the nursery with the children and omitted the brandy. The children enjoyed mixing it with their hands and packing it into one large jar ready to use. We used it shortly afterwards to make mince pies. I didnt think it would keep properly without the brandy.
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22nd Aug, 2010
I made this for Christmas last year and it went down a treat with my family. I am planning on making a bigger batch this year as I ran out on Christmas Eve and had to resort to using a jar from the supermarket. It has to be said the bought stuff wasn't a patch on this.
13th Dec, 2009
9th Dec, 2009
helllo, just made this, i know it says can keep in the fridge for upto 6 months, but if you are just storing it for a short time, should it be left out? thanks in anticipation
9th Dec, 2009
Hi Katyarepina, Suet is traditionally included in mincemeat (it's the MEAT part) but if you prefer not to include it, that's fine - it gives a mild oilyness to the flavour which is important, but you can substitute a little butter, or if you're looking for vegan recipies, include a little soya butter - Nature Balance is a particularly good one (not sure if you can get that brand in the UK, but it's available in Canada...) or anything that doesn't have a strong "soy" flavour to it. Whatever you include, remember to not exceed the quantity in the recipe that is given for suet - it will get too oily and taste funky. Cheers!
9th Dec, 2009
sorry for a silly question but mince pies were new to me but what does suet have to do with sweet Xmas treat?and if i make it without it is that going to make a huge difference to the taste?ta
25th Nov, 2009
hi, i'm just wondering how ahead of christmas mincemeat should be made?
5th Nov, 2009
forgot to rate - 5 out of 5 from me


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