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

“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.”
4 quarts

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.

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