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About the ingredient mincemeat. Including 39 recipes with mincemeat, and where to find it.


What is mincemeat?

Mincemeat is the mysterious and often misunderstood concoction that graces our holiday tables.

Contrary to its name, mincemeat doesn't contain meat, at least not traditionally.

It's a delightful mixture of dried fruits, spices, and sometimes alcohol, like brandy or rum. It's like a fruitcake in disguise, but don't let that scare you off!

The history of mincemeat is fascinating, with its roots in the Middle Ages when meat was a key ingredient. Over time, the meat was replaced by suet, a type of beef or mutton fat, and eventually, the modern-day vegetarian versions emerged. It's a true testament to the evolution of our culinary tastes!

Nowadays, mincemeat is most commonly used as a filling for pies and pastries during the holiday season. It's like a warm, fruity hug for your taste buds, and it pairs perfectly with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

Where to buy?

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What are mincemeat pies?

Mincemeat pies are a traditional British dessert that dates back to the 13th century. They were originally savory and made with minced meat, such as lamb or beef, combined with fruits and spices. Over time, the recipe evolved to become the sweet, fruity treat we know today. The filling now consists of a mixture of dried fruits, spices, and sugar, often with a touch of alcohol like brandy or rum.

These delicious pastries are most commonly associated with the Christmas season, and they come in various shapes and sizes. Fun fact: the original mince pies were shaped like coffins and were not meant to be eaten! Nowadays, you can find them in standard round shapes, and they make a delightful addition to any festive spread.

What's mince pies?

Mince pies once contained real meat - the mix of meat, fruit & spices is thought to be of Middle Eastern origin, brought back by crusading knights. The pies were oblong - imitating Christ's manger but often referred to as 'coffins'.

What does mincemeat pie taste like?

Mincemeat pie is a delightful concoction of dried fruits, spices, and sometimes a splash of alcohol, all nestled in a buttery, flaky crust.

The taste is an agreeable and harmonious blend of sweet and spicy, with the rich warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and the tender chewiness of raisins, currants, and other dried fruits.

It's like a warm hug for your taste buds, a cozy reminder of holiday cheer.

Now, don't let the name fool you - this pie has no meat! The "mince" in mincemeat pie comes from the old English word "mincen," which means chopping or cutting into very small pieces.

So, while the pie might have had meat in its distant past, today's version is a vegetarian delight.

Why is mincemeat called mincemeat?

Back in the day, mincemeat actually contained meat, like beef or venison. It was a way to preserve meat and make it last longer.

But over time, the meat was replaced with dried fruits, spices, and sometimes alcohol, like brandy or rum.

But why is it still called mincemeat, you ask? It's like a culinary inside joke, a nod to the dish's meaty past. The word "mince" also refers to finely chopping ingredients, which is precisely what we do with all those lovely dried fruits and nuts.

So, the next time you bite into a mince pie, remember its meaty history and enjoy mincemeat's sweet, spicy, and oh-so-delicious evolution.

What is mincemeat's meaning?

In a kitchen where spices delight,
A mincemeat pie comes to life,
With a history of old and new,
A Christmas treat that's quite a clue.

A blend of fruit, nuts, and cheer,
A mincemeat pie brings us near,
To the warmth of a hearth and a home,
A Christmas feast that can't be dethroned.

But what is the meaning of life, you ask?
A question that often leaves us aghast,
Perhaps it's in the joy of a bite,
Of a mincemeat pie on a cold winter's night.

For in the laughter and love we share,
We find the meaning that we dare,
To seek in the world all around,
In the mincemeat, the Christmas, and the profound.

None Such Mincemeat

The history of None Such mincemeat is quite a tale. It all began in the 19th century when a little-known alchemist named Sir Reginald None Such stumbled upon a magical recipe for mincemeat while trying to turn lead into gold.

Just kidding!

But seriously, the real story is that the None Such brand was introduced in 1885 by the Merrell-Soule Company, later acquired by Borden in the 1920s.

The brand became popular for its condensed mincemeat, a convenient and delicious way to make mincemeat pies without the hassle of preparing the ingredients from scratch.

Over the years, None Such mincemeat has become a staple in many households during the holiday season.

It's like the gift that keeps on giving, except it's a delicious, ready-to-use mincemeat that saves you time and effort. And who doesn't love a good time-saver during the busy holiday season?

The name "None Such" actually comes from the fact that there is simply none such as this delicious treat. It's a true original, a holiday classic that has stood the test of time.

Where found

Mincemeat is usually found in the canned goods section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

In Chinese:驳得体无完肤
British (UK) term:
en français:viande hachée
en español:carne picada

Recipes using mincemeat

There are 39 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Mini Mincemeat Tarts

Mini Mincemeat Tarts

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These bite-sized treats are an irresitablet combination of sweet and savory, featuring a rich and aromatic mincemeat filling encased in a buttery, flaky crust. With their charming size and delightful taste, these tarts are sure to be a hit at your next gathering or as a festive dessert for your family.

Borden's None Such Mincemeat Cookies

Borden's None Such Mincemeat Cookies

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My mother and I made these cookies when I was little, many years ago, using the box of dry mincemeat. I have looked for years for the recipe, they are the best cookies ever!!!


Bacon Sausages

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Beef mince wrapped in Bacon strips


Whole Wheat Mincemeat Pastry Squares

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Also like this mincemeat pastry squares recipe, and the pastry gives the lovely flakey texture.


Whole Wheat Fruit Bread

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If you need to make a quick dinner, try this dish which is sure to please your tastebuds and keep you and others full.


Holden House German Puff Pancakes with Spiced Apples


These German Puff Pancakes rise to the occasion! Baked in the oven, they can also be known as Dutch Babies, but baked in individual dishes they are an impressive meal. The apples are prepared on the stove separately and added after the pancakes are baked. An especially nice aroma in the morning is derived from apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.


Christmas Bread with Cardamon Glaze

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Christmas Bread with Cardamon Milk Glaze recipe


Quebec Apple Dumplings (Canadian)

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French Canadian apple dumplings. Perfect with Canadian cheddar.


Magic Fruit Cake

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Magic Fruit Cake recipe

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