You don't have to make your Homemade Mincemeat weeks in advance to create your own Mincemeat Pies for the holidays. Follow my easy recipe and I'll show you!
Place the dried fruits and mixed peel into a large bowl. Pour over the brandy, zests and juices. Stir, then cover and leave to soak for 24 hrs. (I have done this step for 4 hours when I'm rushed)
Tip the mixture into a large saucepan with the remaining ingredients and stir well. Set over a medium heat and, once the butter has melted, turn up the heat and bubble for a few mins. Pack while hot into sterilised jars (see tip, below). Leave in a cool, dark cupboard for at least a fortnight, or for up to 6 months.
Keep up to 6 months in a dark, cool space.
When it comes to sterilizing the jar, just put some water in the bottom of the jar and microwave it for 2 minutes until the water bubbles and steams. Pour out and fill while hot. Not too fussy at all.