About this recipe:A great way of making use of courgettes when in-season. This mincemeat is packed full of courgettes, apples, raisins, currants, orange and spices. Use in mince pies or whatever you fancy.
750g peeled courgettes, chopped
750g apples, peeled, cored and chopped
150g dried currants
240ml distilled malt vinegar
1 orange, zested and juiced
290g dark brown soft sugar
400g caster sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs (optional)
4 (500ml) preserving jars with lids and rings
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In a large pot over medium heat, stir together the courgettes, apples, raisins, currants, vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, dark brown soft sugar, caster sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Stir until the sugar has dissolved and allow the mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low, then simmer until thickened, 2 to 3 hours. For a thicker mincemeat, stir in the breadcrumbs; simmer for 5 more minutes to absorb excess liquid.
Sterilise the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the mincemeat into the hot, sterilised jars, filling the jars to within 5mm of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist kitchen towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.
Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to the boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 5cm space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 2.5cm above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot and process for 10 minutes.
Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several centimetres apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark place.