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#Blogtober Day 13- Grammy's Mince Meat Recipe

Since I mentioned it a couple of posts ago, I decided I'd share my grandmother's mince meat recipe.  It was given to her by my great-grandmother and it is pretty much the only recipe my grandfather or I will eat.  My aunts use this recipe, and some day I'll work up enough energy courage to try to make it on my own.

Please be aware- this makes SIXTEEN (16) pounds of mince meat!

  • 3 bowls deer meat
  • 4 bowls apples (more if you want)
  • 1 bowl vinegar or cider (she used bout half a bowl... according to what's written down)
  • 4 bowls sugar
  • 1 bowl molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 3 teaspoons cloves
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
Mix all but meat and cook slow for an hour or so.  Add meat and suet.  Thin if you like with coffee.  I take salt pork if I don't have suet.  Grind it.

There you have it, just like my great-grandmother wrote it out.  I really don't remember what bowl we used to measure everything- I know for the longest time the bowl contained the recipe.  I also know that the meat was ground before adding it to the mixture.  Some day when I try to make this myself, I'm going to have to be Skyping with my aunt the entire time.  Or, I'll have her show me how to make it when I visit Maine.  

Oh!  For those who are completely grossed out- sorry!  Scott has an issue with ground up deer and apples in a pie, but I love it.  However, had I not grown up on it I would have never tried it.  I mean, I don't eat anything green but I eat mince meat pie!

Helene in Between Blogtober


  1. 16 pounds?! Wow, that's a lot of meat! But this actually sounds delish. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I KNOW, RIGHT?! I remember, we used to make it around this time of year and freeze the majority of it. It can stay in the fridge for a month or so, and frozen I'm not sure how long it'll keep, since it was always gone by this time the next year :)

  3. now that's a lot of mince meat!! this would be great for a party!

  4. It doesn't last as long as you would think :) I can be home for a week and devour at least 2 pies!

  5. there is something so special about a passed down recipe i think.

  6. Yes yes, it's rather neat! The picture of the recipe is actually the original, from my great-grandmother!

  7. Nancy @ The Family Bucket List11:11:00 PM

    This sounds interesting. Not sure I've ever had mincemeat before.

  8. I think it's kind of an acquired taste :)

  9. I've never tried minced meat with apples, I have to try this recipe, well, at least half.

  10. Hehe some people make it with brandy as well, but this is the ONLY way I'll eat it.


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