The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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dried and picked, 6 pounds good layer raisins, washed, picked and dried, 2 pounds Sultana or seeded raisins cut into thin slices. Mix these ingredients before the meat has cooled thoroughly, then add 8 pounds of granulated white sugar, 1-2 pound each ground allspice and pepper, 1-4 ounce cloves, 2 ounces cinnamon; 2 ounces ginger, 2 ounces mace—all pounded. Again mix the whole mass until thoroughly amalgamated. Then bring the liquor that your meat was boiled in again to a boil, strain it through a colander over your mixture, stir it all well, then add 1 gallon of the best Jamaica rum, t-2 gallon of Madeira or good white wine, get your mass well mixed, then press very tightly into a stone jar, pour a little rum over the top, and set away tightly covered from the air to make delicious pies for a whole year, at any time desired.
How to make Minced Meats.—Six pounds lean beef and 2 lbs. suet chopped fine, 6 lbs. of raisins with seeds removed, 2 lbs. citron cut in small pieces, 2 lbs. dried currants well picked, washed and dried, 6 lbs. brown sugar, 1 peck of firm apples finely chop­ped, 4 nutmegs finely chopped or grated, 2 lemons, seeds removed and peel grated, 1 tablespoonful of allspice ground, 2 tablespoonfuls of powdered cinnamon, 2 teaspoonful of salt and 2 gallons boiled apple cider. This quantity will keep for 2 months in a very cool and dry place.
Plain Minced Meat made with ingredients of home manufacture and very nice.—Three pounds of beef or chicken chopped fine, 2 quarts of ripe canned or dried currants, 2 quarts of ripe canned or dried cherries, 2 quarts of apples after they are finely chopped, two •quarts of citron or watermelon rind cut fine, 1 gallon rich, boiled apple cider or California wine strong and sweet, two quarts of syrup or molasses, 2 grated or finely beaten nutmegs, 2 spoonfuls allspice, two of cloves finely pounded. After the ingredients are thoroughly mixed add a little salt and as much brown or white sugar as is required to make the mixture sweet enough, which will depend entirely on the amount of sugar previously added to the canned fruit If fresh apples cannot be had, take 3 pints of dried apples chopped fine after soaking them the previous night.