Green Tomato Mincemeat

Green Tomato Mincemeat

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Green Tomato Mincemeat

This sweet holiday treat has been a family favourite for more than 40 years. Fill a pie, spoon it over ice cream, or enjoy it in bite-size tarts.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Canning Time (optional)25 minutes
Total Time1 hour 55 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8 pints


  • 6-8 green, unripe tomatoes, finely chopped and undrained (should yield 8 cups)
  • apple juice, see instructions for quantity
  • 6-8 apples, unpeeled, cored, and finely chopped (should yield 8 cups)
  • 2 lbs raisins (approximately 8 cups)
  • 1 lb dates, chopped
  • 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 ⅓ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • cups coconut oil


  • Finely chop (or coarsely grind) the tomatoes and apples, placing each in a separate bowl and setting aside.
  • Measure out 8 cups of the ground tomatoes and place in a colander to drain, also measuring how much liquid is drained off. Return tomato pieces to the bowl and add an equal amount of apple juice as was drained.
  • Place all remaining ingredients except for the coconut oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thick and flavors are blended and the mixture has reduced by about one-third, 1-2 hours.
  • Add coconut oil and stir well.
  • To store, either spoon into freezer containers and label well OR pack the mixture into hot, sterilized, pint-sized mason jars and process for 25 minutes in a boiling hot water bath.
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