After my previous post, a few of you asked what mincemeat was, and a couple of you asked for the recipe. I was answering these questions one by one, but it may be easier to just post the recipe. Thank you all for reading my blog and for asking those questions!
Mincemeat originally was a combination of meat, fruit, and spices (hence the name) but has morphed into a sweeter creation minus the meat. Some recipes still contain meat or suet, but most don't anymore. It often has apples, raisins, currents and sometimes nuts, combined with spices. The resulting mixture is sweet and gooey with lots of spice and texture. My recipe is modified from my favorite canning cookbook Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt. This cookbook is on my counter continuously from June through September as it is just jam packed with great (and safe) recipes for canning produce.
Green-Tomato Mincemeat adapted from Blue Ribbon Preserves by Linda J. Amendt
Makes about 5 quart jars
8 cups chopped green tomatoes
1 Tbls. salt
4 cups boiling water
10 cups tart green apples, chopped
4 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 cups raisins
2 cups currants
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
3 Tbls. orange zest, finely chopped
1 Tbls. lemon zest, finely chopped
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground allspice
2 Tbls. unsalted butter
1. Place tomatoes in a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Let stand for 1 hour to draw excess moisture out of them. Rinse and drain well. Pour boiling water over tomatoes and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain well.
2. In an 8-10 quart pan, combine the drained tomatoes and all of the remaining ingredients in the order listed except for the butter, stirring gently after each addition.
3. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer until the apples are tender when pierced. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Stir in the butter. Remove the pan from the heat.
4. Ladle the mincemeat into hot and sterilized jars. Remove as many air bubbles as possible. Leave 1/2 inch head space. Wipe the jar rims and threads with a clean, damp cloth. Cover with hot and sterilized lids and apply screw rings. Process quart jars in a 200F water bath for 30 minutes.