Luxury home-made mincemeat

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Many people don’t like thinking about Christmas until the beginning of December – I know I don’t! However, there are a few things that need to be prepared well in advance for them to be at their peak for the big day. Christmas cake, sloe gin, piccalilli  and home-made mincemeat are just a few.

Home-made mincemeat mixture | H is for Home

I’m very fussy about my mincemeat; I don’t like it to be overly citrusy – so, very little orange or lemon zest & juice and no mixed candied peel. In addition, it needs to be veggie – so can only contain vegetarian suet. The only way to ensure it tastes the way I like it is to make it myself. A very easy job and well worthwhile. It works out much cheaper than the cost of ‘luxury’ jars of the stuff in supermarkets. Once made, potted up and put away correctly, it stores unopened for years!

Home-made mincemeat mixture being decanted into jars | H is for Home

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Luxury home-made mincemeat
  1. 200g/7oz currants
  2. 200g/7oz raisins
  3. 200g/7oz sultanas
  4. 100g/3½oz dried cranberries
  5. 100g/3½oz figs, roughly chopped
  6. 100g/3½oz prunes, roughly chopped
  7. 30g/1oz blanched almonds*, roughly chopped
  8. 1 medium cooking apple, peeled, cored & finely diced
  9. 300g/10½oz muscovado sugar
  10. 200g/7oz vegetable suet
  11. zest & juice of 1 lemon
  12. 3tsp mixed spice
  13. ½tsp cinnamon
  14. ¼tsp nutmeg
  15. 6tbsp rum or brandy
  16. 100g/3½oz butter, cubedHome-made mincemeat ingredients
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  1. Put all the ingredients except the alcohol into a large saucepan over a low heat
  2. Stir to ensure the contents are well combined and the suet and butter have melted (about 10 minutes)
  3. Allow to cool completely before stirring in the alcohol
  4. Decant into sterilised jam jars - gently bang the bottom of each jar to fit as much of the mincemeat in as possible.
  5. Seal the jars immediately and store for at least a month before use
  1. *To blanch almonds, put them in a heat-proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Allow to stand for 1-2 minutes before draining through a sieve. Pat them dry on some kitchen paper or clean tea towel. You can quickly get the skin off one by one by pinching the broader, rounded end of the nut
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  • JuneMLord

    The only Christmas food preparations I’m doing at the moment is in my mind. I’m terrible for leaving it to the last minute.

  • Chui

    No Christmas food preparations… yet!

  • Fiona

    I haven’t started any Christmas food preparations yet and it is starting to hang over my head

  • Helen Blake

    No Christmas food preparations needed, we are on a restrictive diet.

  • Janet Birkin

    Christmas Cakes, one for us and one for my elderly neighbour

  • Annabel Greaves

    I have not yet started x

  • Erica Tomlinson

    None only just started on gifts

  • jo liddement

    I have bought some biscuits and tin of chocolates for Christmas but will leave the rest until the week before.

  • Anneka Avery

    The turkey has been bought and she’s a beauty! Booze is starting to get accumulated and some bits and pieces done already… yes of course we have already dug into the mince pies lol

  • Angie Thompson

    Only just started thinking about a shopping list!

  • Michelle Smith

    Buying christmas presents earlier this year so I’m not rushing.

  • fiona waterworth

    my christmas cake is made, my turkey ordered and chocolates aand shortbread bought

  • Sheena Batey

    No as I think we are all going out for an Indian which I am not sure about. I think I would prefer the traditional turkey.

  • Lorna Ledger

    Just mental currently, I am only cooking for 3 on the big day so I am quite lucky!

  • maria

    I have been so busy I’ve barely had time to think about food let alone start it

  • Ren Taylor

    Will be making Christmas pudding but not yet x

  • Ali Johnson

    Not doing any prep yet, although about a week before I’ll be soaking the fruit to make a Caribbean Black Christmas cake. You have to soak the fruit in rum & sherry for at least 3 days.

  • Hipsu87

    Looks amazing!!

  • Tina Houlihan

    I’ve been pickining some onions and made my fruit cake already.

  • Bex Jones

    Noooo I have made a list and asked my mum to make the cake …. but thats about all …

  • madminx1

    I have made the pudding and ordered the meat

  • Amanda Walsh

    The only preparations I have done is to order my food shop to be delivered on December 23rd

  • Megan Kinsey

    I’ve just got some ingredients in for a recipe I always make – diabetic coconut pyramids for my grandpa. No other prep yet!

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  • a.e.adkins

    Still doing mincepies and marshmallow snowmen for Brownies Christmas Fayre

  • Lynn Neal

    I am more of a last minute cook but I like to watch festive cookery programmes!

  • Laura Cooper

    I’m just doing the parsnips and carrots for our family christmas dinner so i haven’t done any prep yet.

  • Anne Johnson

    No preparations yet – just lists!

  • Tess Max-Dav

    the only preparation I’ve done food wise is ordering it!

  • caroline tokes

    This sounds yummy would love t trey it

  • Teresa Sheldon

    Ive never made mincemeat but think I’m going to try your recipe looks lovely, the puds done,so too is the cake and pickled onions

  • Allan Fullarton

    Not yet!