Basic sugarless vegetarian mincemeat

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
3 cups Apple pulp, some skins
½ large Lemon with peel, ground
1 medium Orange with peel, ground
1 cup Seedless raisins, ground
1 cup Seedless raisins whole
1 cup Currants (or more raisins)
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
¾ teaspoon Nutmeg
¾ teaspoon Cloves
¾ teaspoon Allspice (optional)
½ teaspoon Salt (optional)
2 tablespoons Flour (or 1 tb arrowroot fl)
¼ cup Date sugar (optional)
1½ teaspoon Rum flavoring (optional)

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.

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. (½ 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.

To freeze after refrigerating for the recommended week, place in clean freezer containers or jars, leaving ½ 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.

¼ cup 116 calories, 2 diabetic fruit exchanges Protein 1, fat 0, carbohydrate 28 grams, 0 cholesterol If salt omitted, ¼ 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

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