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    Mixed Fruit Mincemeat

    Source of Recipe

    Adapted from Blue Ribbon Preserves

    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Mixed Fruit Mincemeat

    Recipe By :Katie
    Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
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    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1/2 pound dried apricots -- chopped
    1/2 pound dried cranberries
    1/2 pound dried dates -- chopped
    1/2 pound golden raisins
    1/2 pound dark raisins
    2 cups or more apple cider
    1 cup brandy -- (I've also used rum or White Christmas, a rum/brandy mix)
    1 pound tart apples
    1 pound firm-ripe pears
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    3 tablespoons orange zest
    2 tablespoons lemon zest
    3 cups brown sugar
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon allspice
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

    Combine dried fruits, apple cider and brandy. Stir until well combined. Cover and set aside for 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

    Peel, core and chop apples and pears. In a large pan combine apples, pears and remaining ingredients and stir until well blended. Add dried fruit mixture. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are tender, about 40 minutes. Add more cider or brandy if necessary.

    Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Apply 2 piece caps and process in a boiling water bath, pints and quarts for 30 minutes.

    Yields about 7 pints.

    Adapted from Blue Ribbon Preserves.

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