National Mincemeat Day celebrates a 15th-century English recipe mixing spiced meat and fruit. Bake up a batch on October 26th!
Originally, mincemeat served as a way of preserving meat without salting or smoking. Bakers then used the filling to make mince pies. They became a unique part of holiday dinners. In some families, mincemeat pies still find a place at the holiday dinner table today. Many modern recipes contain only fruit, sometimes with liquor as an added ingredient.
You may have heard stories about mincemeat pie from your grandparents, aunts, and uncles or possibly read about it in a book. However, if you have never had the opportunity to try one, National Mincemeat Day would be the day to do so.
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Do you have an old mincemeat recipe? Does it call for spiced meat or just fruit? We would love to hear about family memories and your take on the flavors of mincemeat. Whether you consider it sweet and spice or just plain strange, tell us. Share your recipes or bake up a batch and share photo on social media. Be sure to include family in the making, too!
Following are some mincemeat recipes for you:
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NATIONAL MINCEMEAT DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this tasty holiday.
Q. Is mincemeat only used in pies?
A. No, but holiday cooks usually use mincemeat in some sort of sweet dishes like pastries and bars.
Q. What is suet?
A. Suet is a hard, crumbly fat found near an animal’s kidneys. It has a variety of uses including baking, soap making, and bird feed.
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