Green Tomato Mincemeat

Mincemeat in jar in front of bowl of green tomatos


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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 80 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 40 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
95 Calories
0g Fat
25g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 40
Amount per serving
Calories 95
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 0g
Calcium 23mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This old-fashioned green tomato mincemeat recipe combines the flavors of green tomatoes, spices, candied peels, raisins, apples, currants, and spices. It's perfect for canning and storing.


  • 3 quarts tomatoes (green, chopped)
  • 1 1/2 quarts tart apples (peeled, chopped)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1/2 cup diced candied citron (lemon or orange peel)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large heavy pan. (Omit cloves if you plan to freeze the mincemeat.)

  2. Cook mixture slowly until it is tender and thick, about 1 hour or more. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.

  3. To can, pour boiling mixture into hot, sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace; seal promptly.

  4. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes. Store in a cool dry place.

  5. To freeze, pack cold mincemeat into freezer jars or containers, leaving about an inch headspace for expansion. Seal and freeze promptly.