This is so easy and gives such delicious results, yes you can buy economically priced, prepared mincemeat in the supermarket but trust me the results are NOT the same.
You will need several large sterilized jars.
500grams ( 3cups, 1lb)
Currants, seedless raisins, sultanas and soft light brown sugar and grated carrots
1kg (6cups,2lbs) of peeled and grated cooking apples
250 grams (1½ cups, 8oz) ground almonds (optional)
grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
1tsp ground cinnamon, mixedspice
½ tsp ground allspice, nutmeg
2 cups of good brandy or apple juice
Mix all ingredients in large bowl, fill hot sterilized jars with mixture, seal
store in a cool dry place. If you are using apple juice rather than brandy, keep refrigerated and use within 3 months. Turn jars every couple of weeks.
I usually make two batches one with almonds and one without
You will see I do not add any suet or fat to this recipe, this is very old fashioned and unecessary.