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All-Fruit Mincemeat

Packaged in a pretty jar with a fancy ribbon, mincemeat makes a perfect hostess gift for the holiday season. Traditionally, mincemeat includes beef or suet, but modern versions - like this all-fruit one - are often vegetarian. This easy recipe is based on dried fruits, apples, citrus, and brandy. The best mincemeat is aged and mellowed for a few weeks, so it's well worth planning ahead. The incredible flavor of homemade mincemeat is far superior to what's available in supermarkets; your holiday pies and treats will never taste better!

This recipe makes about 8 cups of mincemeat filling, enough for two 8- or 9-inch pies.

8 cups


1 ½ cups

dark brown sugar (packed)

1 cup


1 cup

golden raisins

1 cup

dried cranberries

8 oz

candied citron (optional)


apples (peeled, cored, and corasely chopped)


oranges (grated zest and juice)


lemons (grated zest and juice)

⅓ cup


2 tsp

ground cinnamon

½ tsp

ground cloves

½ tsp

ground allspice

½ tsp

ground nutmeg


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to blend. Transfer the mincemeat to sterilized canning jars or plastic containers, cover, and refrigerate for at least one week, or up to 4 weeks before using, stirring occasionally.


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