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What is differnce between mince meat and hash meat, or are they one and the same?
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Re: what is differnce between mince meat and hash meat
« Reply #1 on: 01/03/2013 21:09:43 »
Mince meat is just meat that is minced nothing added.  Hash meat is mince meat with potato and onion in it usually (it can vary depending which bit of the country you come from).

Then there is also mincemeat which is for sweet pies at Christmas.  It used to have meat in it but is mostly now dried fruits, nuts, peel and brandy.
 

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Re: What is differnce between mince meat and hash meat?
« Reply #2 on: 02/03/2013 14:56:17 »
you say Mince meat is just meat that is minced nothing added. also mincemeat which is for sweet pies at christmas ......wha is difference
 

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Re: What is differnce between mince meat and hash meat?
« Reply #3 on: 02/03/2013 17:28:13 »
The stuff in mince pies is (rather confusingly) not meat at all.
It's a mixture of fruit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincemeat
 

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Re: What is differnce between mince meat and hash meat?
« Reply #4 on: 02/03/2013 18:26:51 »
The confussion here is in the spelling.

Minced meat is just that, but it is sold as minced beef, minced pork, minced lamb or whatever and referred to as 'a minced meat', not mincedmeat or mince meat.

Then there is mincemeat. Note there is no 'd' and the two words have become joined. This is the sweet pie filling.

As Minerva wrote, mincemeat, originally, was a mixture of minced meats and also had the spices cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, from the middle east, brought to England by returning 11th C. crusaders. The three spices were to represent the gifts from the three kings to Jesus and the mincemeat pie was oblong to represent the craddle.

The pie became round in the 17th C. to disguise them. Oliver Cromwell, self declared Lord Protector, was a Puritan, so he saw Christmas celebrations as pagan and an excuse for overindulgence and drunkenness. He banned Christmas and the foods which went with it.

In 1660 came the restoration, Charles II ascended the throne, Britain was no longer a republic and Christmas was restored. The mincemeat pie (or 'mince pie') remained round. The meat content of mincemeat dwindled to become replaced by fruit, nuts and spices. Brandy is also a more modern part of the recipe. However, one animal constituent of the recipe remained and is still used in the best mincemeat today, that is beef suet.
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