Very Old Mincemeat Recipe - late 1800's

Very Old Mincemeat Recipe - late 1800’s

8 pounds beef stew meat
2 pounds suet
12 pounds chopped apples
2 pounds raisins
1 tablespoon allspice
1 tablespoon cloves
1 pound chopped citron
3 pounds brown sugar
1 lemon
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons salt
boiled cider

In a large pot, simmer the unsalted meat until very tender. Cool the meat and then run through a food grinder twice.
Place the ground meat back into the pot with the same water.(most of the water will be boiled down) Add all other ingredients to the pot and add enough boiled cider so the mixture is moistened well, but not too wet. Simmer and stir until the apples are cooked-takes about an hour. Seal in sterilized jars while still hot.