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Mincemeat was originally a conglomeration of bits of meat, dried fruit and spices, created as an alternative to smoking or drying for preservation, a variant form of sausage. It should not be confused with minced meat. Mincemeat containing actual meat has become less common over the years; however, many cultures still add minced beef sirloin, or (less commonly) ground beef to the mix. The customary form today typically consists of raisins, spices, grated apple, and animal suet, though many commercial varieties use hard vegetable fat instead, making it completely vegetarian. Mincemeat may also contain currants, candied fruits, citron, and brandy, rum or other liquor. Plate with German Wurst (liver-, blood- and hamsausage) A sausage consists of ground meat, animal fat, herbs and spices, and sometimes other ingredients, usually packed in a casing (historically the intestines of the animal, though now generally synthetic), and sometimes preserved in some way, often by curing or smoking. ... Forcemeat is a mixture of ground, raw or cooked meat, poultry, fish, vegetables or fruit mixed with bread crumbs and seasoning. ... High quality (prime) cut of meat that has been taken from the upper loin or lower ribs of a cow (beef). ... Raisins Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... This article is about the satellite APPLE. For the fruit apple, see Apple. ... Suet is raw beef or mutton fat, especially that found around the loins and kidneys. ... A Zante currant is a variety of small, sweet, seedless grape named for the Ionian island Zakynthos. ... Brandy pot stills at the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar near Stellenbosch, South Africa. ... Caribbean rum, circa 1941 Rum is a distilled beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and sugarcane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. ... Spirits redirects here. ...


This mixture can be made at home, but is also available either canned or bottled. The most common use is in the Christmas mince pie or mincemeat tart, but there are many kinds of pastry containing mincemeat. Mince Pie A mince pie is a traditional festive British sweet pastry, usually consumed during the Christmas and New Year period. ... Mincemeat tarts (also known as mince pies in the UK) are a rich pastry generally associated with festive occasions, specifically Christmas and New Years Eve. ... Pastry is the name given to various kinds of dough made from ingredients such as flour, butter, shortening, baking powder and/or eggs that are rolled out thinly and used as the base for baked goods. ...


The first mincemeat factory was in Port Byron, New York, using a recipe patented by Dr. Julius Allen. His patent was voided in 1895.


While mincemeat may no longer contain meat in most countries, it is prepared with meat in Pennsylvania, US, particularly in the York and Lancaster Counties (in and around Amish country). Residents prefer to prepare their own mincemeat using family recipes, instead of purchasing canned or bottled mincemeat. The Amish (IPA: ) are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States and Canada (Ontario and Manitoba) that are known for their plain dress and limited use of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. ...


Etymology

The mince in mincemeat traces its roots back to the Latin minutia ("something small"). The word mincemeat is an adaptation of an earlier term minced meat, simply meaning that, "meat chopped into small pieces". As an ingredient or substance, however, mincemeat has almost always been one word. Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...


The term mincemeat has become a common image, even perhaps a cliché. To make mincemeat out of one's adversary is to impose defeat in an especially complete and humiliating manner. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Recipe

The following mincemeat recipe was published by the Ohio Grange in 1972:


1 peck apples, chopped
6 pounds beef
1 pound suet, ground
3 pounds seeded raisins
2 pounds currants
1 pound citron
2 pounds brown sugar
1 quart maple syrup
1 quart boiled apple cider
1 quart spiced syrup from peaches or pears
1 tablespoon salt
1 quart water
1 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger A 1/2 peck apple bag A peck is an Imperial and U.S. customary unit of dry volume, equivalent in each of these systems to 8 dry quarts, or 16 dry pints. ... This article is about the satellite APPLE. For the fruit apple, see Apple. ... For other uses, see Beef (disambiguation). ... Suet is raw beef or mutton fat, especially that found around the loins and kidneys. ... Alternate uses: Raisin (disambiguation) A Raisin is a sun-dried or artificially dried grape, used in cooking and baking. ... A currant can refer to Redcurrants and blackcurrants, berries of the genus Ribes. ... Binomial name Citrus medica L. The Citron (Citrus medica) is a species of citrus fruit. ... Brown sugar typical of that bought in Western supermarkets Brown sugar is a sucrose sugar product with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... American-style apple cider, left; Apple juice, right. ... In cooking, a syrup (from Arabic شراب sharab, beverage, via Latin siropus) is a thick, viscous liquid, containing a large amount of dissolved sugars, but showing little tendency to deposit crystals. ... A magnified crystal of a salt (halite/sodium chloride) Salt covering the floor of Bad Water in Death Valley, CA, the lowest point in the US. A salt, in chemistry, is any ionic compound composed of cations (positively charged ions) and anions (negative ions) so that the product is neutral... Binomial name Cinnamomum verum J.Presl Cassia (Indonesian cinnamon) is also commonly called (and sometimes sold as) cinnamon. ... Binomial name Pimenta dioica (L.) Merr. ... This article is about the seed. ... This article is about spices, the word clove is also used to describe a segment of a head of garlic and a clove hitch is a useful kind of knot. ... Binomial name Zingiber officinale Roscoe Ginger is commonly used as a spice in cuisines throughout the world. ...


Mix and cook until apples are tender. If mincemeat is to be stored by canning, seal while hot. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...


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Mincemeat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (213 words)
Mincemeat was originally a conglomeration of bits of meat, dried fruit and spices, created as an alternative to smoking or drying for preservation.
Mincemeat may also contain currants, candied fruits, and brandy, rum or other liquor.
Operation Mincemeat was a World War II plan used by Allied forces to deceive its Axis counterparts by planting a body with false secret papers where it would be found by German spies.
Operation Mincemeat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2534 words)
Operation Mincemeat was a highly successful British deception plan during World War II to convince the German High Command (OKW) that the Allies would invade the Balkans and Sardinia instead of Sicily, the actual objective.
They then opened the canister, fitted Major Martin with a life jacket, secured his briefcase with the papers, and the 39th Psalm was read and the body was gently pushed into the sea where the tide would bring it ashore.
Even then the effect of Mincemeat was still being felt, for the Germans remained convinced for two more weeks that the main attack would be in Sardinia and Greece.
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