Basic Sugarless Vegetarian Mincemeat Recipe

Step 1

Quarter and core apples, but do not peel. Grind in old-fashioned meat grinder (food processor makes them too fine), using medium-coarse blade. Remove seeds from lemon and orange, grind and add to apples. Grind 1 cup raisins.

Step 2

Mix all ingredients except rum flavoring in large bowl, stirring in spices and flour, then date sugar if desired. Add flavoring and mix again. Place in covered bowl or other container with tight lid; refrigerate at least one week before using or canning. (1/2 inch head space, boiling water bath 20 min for pints after water returns to boil, longer for altitudes over 1000 ft.) If any jars fail to seal, freeze for later use.

Step 3

To freeze after refrigerating for the recommended week, place in clean freezer containers or jars, leaving 1/2 inch at top. Cover with clean lids and place in sharp-freeze section of freezer until frozen. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using. Makes 1 quart, enough for 2 8-inch pies.

1/4 cup 116 calories, 2 diabetic fruit exchanges Protein 1, fat 0, carbohydrate 28 grams, 0 cholesterol If salt omitted, 1/4 cup contains 7 mg sodium.

Source: Canning and Preserving without Sugar by Norma M. MacRae, R.D. Third Edition 1993 ISBN 1-56440-163-4 Shared but not tested by Elizabeth Rodier Oct 93

Things You'll Need

  • 3c Apple pulp, some skins
  • 1/2lg Lemon with peel, ground
  • 1md Orange with peel, ground
  • 1c Seedless raisins, ground
  • 1c Seedless raisins whole
  • 1c Currants (or more raisins)
  • 2ts Cinnamon
  • 3/4ts Nutmeg
  • 3/4ts Cloves
  • 3/4ts Allspice (optional)
  • 1/2ts Salt (optional)
  • 2tb Flour (or 1 tb arrowroot fl)
  • 1/4c Date sugar (optional)
  • 1 1/2ts Rum flavoring (optional)

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