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Recipe: Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat

 

I love making mincemeat; it’s really easy, impossible to get wrong, and really tasty. Whether you’re making it for mince pies closer to Christmas, or to give as gifts, it’s a great thing you can make early and get out of the way before the Christmas rush.

Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat

Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat
Possibly the easiest Christmas recipe you'll come across.
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Ingredients
  1. 8oz Bramley apples, cored & chopped up small - no need to peel
  2. 4oz shredded suet
  3. 6oz raisins
  4. 4oz sultanas
  5. 4oz dried cranberries
  6. 4oz mixed peel
  7. 6oz soft dark brown sugar
  8. grated zest & juice of one orange (or two satsumas)
  9. grated zest & juice of one lemon
  10. 2tsp mixed ground spice
  11. quarter tsp ground cinnamon
  12. good pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  13. 3 tbsp brandy
Instructions
  1. Put everything except the brandy into a big bowl and mix it together.
  2. Put a clean cloth over the bowl and leave it for 12 or so hours.
  3. After 12 hours, pour the mixture into the slow cooker and cook on low for four hours.
  4. Once it's done, stir through the brandy and put in sterilised jars.
Notes
  1. Tip: You can do this over a weekend with children; spend Saturday morning weighing and mixing it all, then on Sunday morning you can get up and put it in the slow cooker; on Sunday afternoon you put it in the jars.
  2. Tip: To sterilise jars, just shove them on a tray in the oven (over 100 degrees) for a few minutes. If you're using Kilner jars you'll need to boil the rubber seals as they won't fare well in the oven!
Single Mother Ahoy http://www.singlemotherahoy.com/
I made this with S at the weekend; she really enjoyed being able to join in with it.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can just add and substitute whatever you want, really. if you don’t like mixed peel, use a different dried fruit instead. Some people add sliced almonds or other nuts.
And once it’s done, you can stick the jars in the back of the cupboard until closer to Christmas time! The longer mincemeat is left, the better it tastes. Fact.

Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat Recipe
 
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12 Comments
  • Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby

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    I love mince pies and looking at this makes me tempted to try make a homemade mince pie, Yum! Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

    1. Vicky Charles

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      ooh, do it!

  • Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme.com)

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    Oh i feel christmassy already! I am going to do this - it looks so simple! Thank you for sharing :) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    1. Vicky Charles

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      It's really easy Rachel - hence why we love to make it!

  • Maria @ Suburban Mum

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    We love mince pies in our household but I have never maken mincement myself - let alone a slow cooker version. I might give this a go this year! #KCACOLS Maria @ Suburban Mum recently posted...Orchard Toys Shopping List review and giveawayMy Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Definitely give it a go, it's so easy and something children can join in with!

  • Harry's Honest Mummy

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    Nothing says Xmas like Mince Pies. Especially home made ones. I am actually smacking my lips having read this post and hunting around for cake and hot custard. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Might be a job for the weekend :-) #KCACOLS Harry's Honest Mummy recently posted...Snapshot of the Week – #14My Profile

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Do it! It's so easy and people always think you're like mum of the year or something if you've made your own mincemeat!

  • Susan Prescott

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    Hi, can you freeze this? I got all excited and rushed out and bought all the ingredients. I've made the mincemeat - it looks and smells fabulous. Now I realise that I have no jars!!!!!

    1. Vicky Charles

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      Hi Susan, to be honest I've no idea whether you can freeze it or not! I can't see why not though.

  • Michael Johnson

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    Hi there! I am super excited to try this recipe. Sounds fantastic. I’m going to make a dozen jars and give it as a Christmas gift this year. I do have a couple of questions. 1. What is mixed peels? 2. Is ground spice the same as ground all spice? Thanks for posting. Looking forward to it. Mikey J

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