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Mincemeat and minced meat in mince pies

Over the 2015 Christmas season one pitfall offered itself for inclusion : the difference between ‘mincemeat’ and ‘minced meat’, as pertaining to ‘mince pies’.
To clarify and define : minced meat refers to minced or otherwise chopped bits of an animal; mincemeat is a fairly sweet mixture of various (vine) fruits which centuries ago did contain meat : for a listing of ingredients and how to prepare please refer to for example  www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/mincemeat_2491 for a fairly generic mincemeat recipe.
Please note : suet is raw beef or mutton fat, specifically the hard fat found around the loins and kidneys; hence the ‘vegetable suet‘ in the recipe is a contradiction in terms : that substitute is usually based on palm oil and rice flour, to obtain a similar texture.
Entry added 2015.12.20, edited 2016.01.02

 

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