This is a very old recipe which I altered slightly. It is really good and it is used with homemade citron, recipe I posted earlier. I hope you enjoy it. It is great in pies and cookies! This recipe is best made in October when apples are plentiful.
Modern: Original recipe said to boil the beef, I put mine in the crock pot and cook it on low for about 6 to 8 hours until I can pull it apart with a fork.
Once the meat is cooked and cooled. In a very large bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix well and place in a large crock, cover and store in a cool dark place.
The mincemeat improves with age and may need to be rejuvenated with another splash of brandy. It can be used within 3 weeks but it is much better if you allow it to age. You can also pack the mincemeat in large sterilized canning jars and seal with the lids. I do not do this. You can also store the mincemeat in the refrigerator if you do not want to do it the old way.
I store my mincemeat in an old crock and place cheese cloth and a homespun towel over the top and it keeps for over a year. This past October I froze what was left from last year and started a new batch for next year.
Hearth Method: Used precooked meat. If you do not have any then put your beef in a kettle with some water and cook until you can pull it a part with a fork. Follow the rest of the Modern Method.