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Feb 22, 2011 07:51 AM

Jar of Mince Meat

I've got a jar of Mince Meat -- the all-fruit kind typically used in the US for holiday Mince Meat pie. The label says it expired in late 2009, but the jar seems fine, with no bulge to the lid. Use it or lose it?

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  1. Assuming it's a similar product to the one we have in the UK, then it'll be so packed with sugar and booze that it should be absolutely fine.

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    1. re: Harters

      It might be the same. I think it's Blackwell? We have a pretty good recipe for a fast chicken curry that calls for the mince meat. It''s really expensive durijg the non-holiday times of the year. The price drops during the Thanksgiving/Christmas baking season, so we stocked up. The dates just got away from us!

      1. re: PattiCakes

        Crosse & Blackwell is well known British producer of canned & jarred products so it does sound as though it's going to be OK. My Christmas baking usually uses one and half jars - the other half is fine in the cupboard till the following year.

        The curry sounds like a really old-fashioned British one from the 60s or 70s, when adding fruit was quite common. That's very much out of fashion with us these days but, sometimes, the old ones deserve a bit of a comeback.

        I also use small leftovers as a warm sauce with icecream (just melting it in a pan)

        1. re: Harters

          The curry sounds interesting I hope Patticakes might share the recipe!

    2. Always found mincemeat, like fruitcake and revenge, gets far better when old.

      1. Don't know if it's against the CH rules, but can you post that chicken mince meat recipe? Sounds intriguing!

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        1. re: pine time

          ROTFL, DeLuca! Here you go, pine time.

          I know how people on Chow feel about Rachael Ray, but I do like many of her recipes. This one is a favorite of my daughter's. She is a teacher, and her time to cook dinner is often at a premium; I like the recipe as well! Right now she's trying to get a number of make-ahead meals done in anticipation of her 1st baby's arrival this week (hopefuly!).

          1. re: PattiCakes

            PattiCakes, thanks for the link. I made this Chicken Curry recipe yesterday for dinner, and it really was good. I used shredded leftover chicken from one I had roasted the day before.
            Nice mix of flavors.

            1. re: jmcarthur8

              Glad you liked it! I was skeptical at first,but my daughter convinced me to try it. I wonder how the minced meat would freeze? It's so much cheaper around the holidays, maybe the best thing to do is buy it then & repackage/freeze.

              1. re: PattiCakes

                why freeze it when the jars both opened and closed keep forever? But anyway it freezes just fine, we often make mince pies and freeze them.

                1. re: smartie

                  The whole thread started when we were trying to figure out if a severely outdated jar of the stuff (unopened) was still good. I figured freezing would make that a moot point.

        2. Crosse and Blackwell mincemeat with rum and brandy is our family's favorite. I recently found a quick bread recipe using mincemeat that was so good - even my brother who doesn't like mincemeat as a pie - loved it.

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