This year I was given a bag of green tomatoes and wanted to do something other than fry or pickle them. I found a great use for green tomatoes with a recipe that I’ve since altered. Here is my version:
Servings: 8 pints
16 cups finely chopped whole green tomatoes *** I squeezed some of the juice out of them, but left skins and the seeds as they were tiny
8 cups cored and chopped apples (with peels)
2 chopped oranges (with peels, without seeds)
2 small lemons chopped (with peels, without seeds)
3 cups raisins
2 lbs dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground allspice
2 tsp ground cloves
corn starch or Clear Jel*, optional
Place all into a huge pot and simmer on the stove, stir occasionally, for about 3 hours. At this point I remove lid and continue to simmer until it has thickened. Water content in fruits varies greatly, if it continues to be very wet you can take out some of the juice, whisk it for one minute with 1/4 cup corn starch (or Clear Jel* if you’re canning it) and return to pot, stirring to incorporate. The mixture should thicken up within a few minutes.
The mincemeat can be frozen or canned in a BWB for 15 minutes.
* Clear Jel is a modified cornstarch that works well with acidic ingredients, tolerates high temperatures, doesn’t cause thickened foods to “weep” during storage, and doesn’t begin thickening until the liquid begins to cool allowing heat to penetrate all the way through without breaking down. Because of all of these advantages, it is the only thickener approved by the USDA for home-canning.
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