There is a national holiday for almost any kind of food and today happens to be Mincemeat Day. I’ve seen mincemeat pie but have never had the urge to try it. And what exactly is mincemeat? Here is more than you need to know…
Mincemeat dates back to medieval times. It was a way to preserve food. It was also a treat, mixed with sweet fruits. Somewhere in the last half of the 1900’s, it lost it’s popularity. A whole generation has grown up, not knowing what it is, or having ever tasted it. Today, it is most often served as Minced Meat Pie. Over the years, the amount of meat in the recipes was reduced. In older recipes, you will find meat and/or suet among the ingredients. More modern recipes, it contains little or no meat, and is largely a fruity pie. It remains a traditional pie at Thanksgiving for many families.
So, just what is mincemeat? It is a mixture of minced (or chopped up) meats, suet, and fruits. The meat is usually beef, either ground up or sirloin. Fruits include raisins, apples pear, and others. Sometimes liquor is added, most commonly brandy or rum. WOW- there really is meat in mincemeat pie!
What about nutrition? I have seen mincemeat on the shelf for years but never looked at the label. This was a surprise:
- WATER, CORN SYRUP, RAISINS, DRIED APPLES, MOLASSES, CORN STARCH MODIFIED, DISTILLED VINEGAR, DRIED CITRUS PEEL, SALT, SPICES, BEEF, BITTERS, FRUIT PECTIN.
I try to never buy food that has any form of sugar in the first 4 ingredients so I guess mincemeat is out. (there are 4 types of sugar in this product but none are called sugar, can you find them?) Darn- the combination of raisins, apples, and BEEF in a jar sounded delicious.
Gobbling down 1/3 cup will set you back 190 calories. There is no fat, low sodium and tons of sugar. Put this in a pie crust and I think it might kill you. I prefer death by apple pie if I have a choice.
Now you know more about mincemeat than you did 5 minutes ago. Happy Mincemeat Day- don’t celebrate too much!