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Feeding children mince pies with brandy in

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stabbyjoe Tue 21-Nov-17 12:28:25

Is it bad? Are they very alcoholic? I didn’t read the pack (but actually didn’t think it was a big deal when I found out). Then DH said the fruit is soaked in brandy but not cooked so alcohol remains. Is this true? Have I been getting my kids pissed on brandy?

GreenTulips Tue 21-Nov-17 12:29:41

Doubt it very much!

How old are they

stabbyjoe Tue 21-Nov-17 12:31:10

2 and 5 😬

TheQueenOfWands Tue 21-Nov-17 12:31:13

Meh. You'll have a nice quiet afternoon...

Wolfiefan Tue 21-Nov-17 12:32:15

Maybe not the whole box?!
Or with brandy butter. grin
Watch out for effects of too many raisins though. shock

Butteredparsn1ps Tue 21-Nov-17 12:33:26

Sorry OP the very very minuscule amount of alcohol that was in the mince-meat will have evaporated during cooking.

Chances of a quiet afternoon looking like zero to me. grin

PinkHeart5914 Tue 21-Nov-17 12:34:26

No I don’t think they will get pissed on Brandy from a mince pie but then mine are 1 and 2 and have been having mince pie when we’ve been out for coffee with Mil lately, mine were not pissed

ahhhsalmonskinroll Tue 21-Nov-17 12:36:19

Could really go a mince pie with brandy butter now 👩‍🍳

Frillyhorseyknickers Tue 21-Nov-17 12:36:27

Brandy is comparatively expensive with regards to other ingredients, and retailers are all about profit margins, with that in mind I would say any brandy in there will be trace elements.

DeepPileTinsel Tue 21-Nov-17 12:36:51

Ah it's fine.

Blahblahblahzeeblah Tue 21-Nov-17 12:36:57

Of course the mince is cooked. The pastry containing it would otherwise be raw. Your children won't be drunk. Don't worry!

VladmirsPoutine Tue 21-Nov-17 12:37:37

It's fine. It's not as if you handed them both a bottle of brandy and told them to crack on.

stabbyjoe Tue 21-Nov-17 12:38:33

Oh good thank you, I don’t feel like a terrible parent anymore!

DotDashBeep Tue 21-Nov-17 13:00:41

I want a mince pie now.

SumThucker Tue 21-Nov-17 13:04:06

Meh. You'll have a nice quiet afternoon...

grin

ToastyFingers Tue 21-Nov-17 13:39:46

If you bought them from the supermarket, and they didn't get flagged as an age-restricted product then theyre fine for anyone to eat.

SandLand Tue 21-Nov-17 13:48:54

It's not something that would cross my mind to worry about.
And actually, I'd let them have homemade brandy butter, if they liked it.

And yes, it's been cooked.

littlewoollypervert Tue 21-Nov-17 13:57:21

Made Delia's mincemeat last night. For 6lbs (approx.) I added 6 tablespoons of brandy (90 ml). There is 35ml in a pub measure.

Per Google, 1lb of mincemeat makes about 12 mince pies. So 72 out of the quantity I made last night.

To drink a unit of alcohol, you would therefore have to eat 27 of my mince pies (and that doesn't take account of any alcohol that burns off during cooking).

I'd imagine that shop bought ones are quite stingy with the expensive alcohol too.

So unless your children are mini Mr Creosotes and would eat 30+ in a sitting, it should be safe to let them have the mince pies!

OlennasWimple Tue 21-Nov-17 14:00:02

Of course they're cooked! confused

Oblomov17 Tue 21-Nov-17 14:07:49

Really? This is seriously a concern? But the amount of brandy is minuscule, plus then they are baked again.

Does anyone have the stats for how much is actually in one mince pie?

sirfredfredgeorge Tue 21-Nov-17 14:12:19

Even if it was uncooked, alcohol actually evaporates pretty readily in the open air - and mince pies are normally sold in the open air.

Leave a glass of wine over night, and it's probably loses 1/3rd of its alcohol.

FridgeCut Tue 21-Nov-17 14:15:02

My DS1 (4) was helping me make my puddings, I didn't realise he was pinching the dried fruit that had been soaking while I was preparing the pudding basins. He was merrily tucking in and telling me they tasted like fudge fgrin.

Andrewofgg Tue 21-Nov-17 14:16:17

The amount of alcohol concerned is trivial. Enjoy. And set another place . . .

paap1975 Tue 21-Nov-17 14:20:50

There won't be any alcohol left. Alcohol evaporates at 78.5°C. Mince pies are cooked much hotter than that

stabbyjoe Tue 21-Nov-17 14:30:08

It’s not a serious concern. As in, I know they’re fine. But DH did have me thinking they contain enough alcohol for it to matter and that we shouldn’t be feeding them to the kids!

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