I made my own mincemeat one year - but I can't remember which recipe I used, though it did call for lots of brandy I did, however, use veggie suet (was a vegetarian at the time) and it turned out fine.
If my addled brain remembers the recipe I'll post it here for you later.
Jars? I always get that type of thing from Lakeland . They do different size jars, and all the bits and bobs including wax discs (which I use but don't know if they're essential).
The website has a 'preserving' section all of its own - they also have stores in lots of towns so you could call in if there's one near you. Thry are v good with online ordering - never had any problems with them (no - I'm not on commission)
Hello again - this is the recipe I used - from a crumbly old book called 'Preserves and Pickles'.
I'm afraid it doesn't say how many jars of what size this amount will fill, though you could get a rough estimate from the total weight of the various ingredients I suppose. Also, all measurements are in ounces as it's an old book (my favourite kind )
If you add the alcohol the mincemeat will keep for about a year - without it it will only keep for 2-3 weeks. Use firm cooking apples as juicy apples make the mixture too moist.
1lb cooking apples (peeled and cored) 8oz shredded suet 12oz seedless raisins 8oz sultanas 8oz currants 8oz mixed chopped peel 12oz soft brown sugar 1 lemon (juice and grated rind) 1 orange(juice and grated rind) 1/2 teaspoon ground mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 pint brandy or whisky
Peel and core apples, chop finely. Wash and dry rasins, sultanas and currants. Place apples, raisins, sultanas, currants and suet in a large bowl with chopped peel, sugar, grated lemon and orange rinds, juice of the orange and lemon and the spices. Stir well. Add half the brandy or whisky, stir well.
Pack loosely into clean dry jars (I sterilised mine) and spoon the remaining spirits over the top. Seal the jars.
It was very tasty & not too boozy for little ones once it was cooked in mince pies, etc.
Another place to get hold of wax discs is Post Offices - for some odd reason they always seem to sell them - look on the shelf near the elastic bands and those little polo-shaped stickers for reinforcing holes in paper