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Green Tomato Mincemeat

Wonderful for pie, tart, or cookie fillings, or served on crisp whole wheat crackers with cream cheese.  This  recipe comes from Beth Benjamin, Renee's Garden horticultural advisor. It is one of her family's favorite holiday traditions.

7 cups finely chopped very green tomatoes
7 cups finely chopped tart, firm green apples
1 whole lemon, finely chopped or ground, including rind
3 cups raisins
3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons light molasses
1 cups apple cider vinegar
cup brandy
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
teaspoon ground allspice
teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoons salt
teaspoon ground black pepper
cup butter

Mix together all ingredients except butter in a deep, heavy-bottomed kettle. Bring to a boil and immediately turn down heat so mixture will bubble gently. Cook uncovered over medium to low heat, stirring regularly to prevent sticking, for 3 hours or until mixture is thick and liquid is absorbed. (Watch and lower heat if mixture is spattering.) After about an hour and a half, begin to taste often. If liquid seems to be evaporating too quickly, add additional vinegar or brandy, depending on taste. If mixture seems too tart, add more sugar. Once mincemeat is cooked down to desired thickness, mix in butter a little bit at a time until well combined. Can or freeze, or store in the refrigerator for up to a month. Makes 3 quarts of rich aromatic spicy-brown mincemeat, enough for 5 small pies. Renee's Garden cookbooks

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