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Few people today know the taste of true mincemeat. And that explains why very few people I know actually actually enjoy mincemeat versus simply eating it out of tradition (or being forced to so as not to offend Grandma). Yes, sadly real mincemeat is a long-held tradition dating back to the 11th century that’s been largely lost in the last century.
And I say lost, not because it’s been erased completely, rather because mincemeat has changed so much, some of its most important elements having been left out, that it just barely resembles its original ancestor. Of the many traditional British dishes that have undergone some form of alteration over the years, mincemeat has probably changed the most. That is largely due to the common omission of mincemeat’s two key ingredients: Meat (traditionally beef or lamb) and suet.