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The Spong Mincer part 2

Well it has been some time since my last post. The reason being that I really wanted to continue with my Spong mincer theme but that has been tricky.

It has been difficult finding a recipe where the mincer really is the best tool for the job. Food processors do have the edge in so many ways and as I don’t eat meat the usefulness of the vintage piece of equipment seemed destined to be merely decorative.

Then, of course, Christmas came around again and mincemeat needed to be made. I seem to make mine in a slightly different way each year. I vary the spice blend or tinker with the amount of apple I put in. For the past few years I have dispensed with the idea of adding vegetable suet altogether and I have just added a little melted butter instead.

This year my attention turned to texture and I decided I wanted something a little smoother  than last year. Cue the mincer because I knew that the food processor would be too powerful and smash the mixture to a  pulp. I put about a third of the mincemeat through the mincer. It made light work of the dried fruits and roughly chopped apples. When mixed with the rest of the “unminced” mixture the overall texture was perfect for my liking.

So it seems I have a new Christmas tradition in my kitchen. My Spong mincer will be clamped to the worktop for a mincemeat making session once a year, at least. Which is exactly what my mother and grandmother used it for in the past. Sometimes it is hard to improve on a tried and tested method.

 

 

 

 

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Adding the chopped apples

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2015 in Food

 

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The Spong Mincer part 1

DSCF1314I don’t dwell on the passage of time, as a rule, but sometimes you are forced to acknowledge that you are no longer young. I was pulled up short just a few days ago when I saw a photo in a magazine of a so called mystery object.

I was amazed. There was nothing mysterious about it all. It was a mincer. Every kitchen worthy of the name had one not so long ago. My Mum made her mincemeat with one every year. I still recall the smell of the spices, dried fruit, apples and suet as the sticky mixture emerged through the holes as Mum turned the handle of this robust cast iron piece of equipment.

However, it is some years since I saw the mincer and I wondered if it had been thrown away. I was quite excited, then, to see my Dad emerging from the garage with the rather rusty, dusty Spong mincer last time I went to see him.
So now I have a restoration project underway and a quest to find some suitable recipes where I can mince something ( but not meat! ).

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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