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Cherry Pear Mincemeat

 Cherry Pear Mincemeat
Subscriber Brenda Wood, Egbert, Ontario, says that her favorite cherry recipe (below) can be prepared during cherry season, then frozen for later use in pies, tarts and cookies. She even serves it as ice cream topping!
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours 40 min.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups pitted tart red cherries
  • 6 cups ripe pears, coarsely chopped
  • 2 pounds raisins
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • 1 medium orange, juiced
  • Grated peel of lemon
  • Grated peel of orange
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions

  • In a large kettle, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat and simmer, uncovered, until mixture is thickened, about 2-1/2
  • hours. Stir frequently while simmering. Chill. Yield: about 3
  • quarts.