I love making mincemeat; it’s really easy to do, and really hard to get wrong. And it tastes amazing! Whether you’re making it for your own mince pies or to give as gifts, it’s one of those things you can make early and get out of the way before the Christmas rush.

Easy Slow Cooker Mincemeat


  • 8oz Bramley apples, cored & chopped finely  – no need to peel
  • 4oz shredded suet
  • 6oz raisins
  • 4oz sultanas
  • 4oz dried cranberries
  • 4oz mixed peel
  • 6oz soft dark brown sugar
  • grated zest & juice of 1 orange or 2 satsumas
  • grated zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 2tsp mixed ground spice
  • quarter tsp ground cinnamon
  • good pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3tbsp brandy


  • Put all ingredients except the brandy into a large bowl and mix together.
  • Place a clean cloth over the bowl and leave for 12 hours
  • After 12 ohurs, pour the mixture into a slow cooker and cook on low for four hours, stirring often.
  • Once finished, stir in the brandy and transfer to sterilised jars.

Easy slow cooker mincemeat: Notes

  • You can do this over a weekend with children: spend Saturday afternoon weighing and mixing the mincemeat, then place into the slow cooker on Sunday.
  • To sterilise jars, put them on a tray in the oven (over 100°) for five minutes. If you are using Kilner jars, you will need to boil the rubber seals separately. 
  • The joy of this recipe is that none of the measurements are exact and you can easily substitute different fruits for others. Some people add sliced almonds or other nuts too.

Don’t have a slow cooker? No problem! Check out this recipe for traditional mincemeat that doesn’t require a slow cooker.

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme.com) · 25/10/2015 at 20:46

Oh i feel christmassy already! I am going to do this – it looks so simple! Thank you for sharing :) Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Vicky Charles · 26/10/2015 at 07:34

    It’s really easy Rachel – hence why we love to make it!

Maria @ Suburban Mum · 25/10/2015 at 20:58

We love mince pies in our household but I have never maken mincement myself – let alone a slow cooker version. I might give this a go this year! #KCACOLS

    Vicky Charles · 26/10/2015 at 07:32

    Definitely give it a go, it’s so easy and something children can join in with!

Vicky Charles · 26/10/2015 at 07:34

ooh, do it!

Harry's Honest Mummy · 29/10/2015 at 18:21

Nothing says Xmas like Mince Pies. Especially home made ones. I am actually smacking my lips having read this post and hunting around for cake and hot custard. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Might be a job for the weekend :-) #KCACOLS

    Vicky Charles · 30/10/2015 at 12:51

    Do it! It’s so easy and people always think you’re like mum of the year or something if you’ve made your own mincemeat!

Susan Prescott · 10/11/2015 at 22:11

Hi, can you freeze this? I got all excited and rushed out and bought all the ingredients. I’ve made the mincemeat – it looks and smells fabulous. Now I realise that I have no jars!!!!!

    Vicky Charles · 11/11/2015 at 15:10

    Hi Susan, to be honest I’ve no idea whether you can freeze it or not! I can’t see why not though.

Michael Johnson · 15/11/2017 at 05:11

Hi there!

I am super excited to try this recipe. Sounds fantastic. I’m going to make a dozen jars and give it as a Christmas gift this year. I do have a couple of questions.

1. What is mixed peels?
2. Is ground spice the same as ground all spice?

Thanks for posting. Looking forward to it.

Mikey J

Jennifer Jackson · 30/11/2019 at 09:12

Hi, I have tried making this mincemeat. It is very easy and tastes delicious, but when it cooled the suet has formed a layer on the top which doesn’t look very pleasant, so I dont think I can give it as a gift. Any advice on why this might have happened?

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