I'm making mini mincemeat tarts tomorrow morning. I dug out from my pantry a jar of "ready made" mincemeat and a box of the kind that you reconstitute. Now, I knew I'd carted this stuff through two moves, and that it was pretty old. So, I called the Crosse & Blackwell 800 number on the jar, read them the printed code number and they told me it had been prepared in 1999 and that they say the shelf life is two years.
I opened the jar and had a big spoonful. I reconstituted the other, boiling it and, when cooled, had a big spoonful. Both tasted just fine. Mixed them together, added some Old Overholt Rye, tasted again (big spoonful), yummy. Five hours later, am experiencing no after effects.
So - safe to serve people? This isn't the main dessert - going to someone's house, making a Tarte Tatin as well, but figure it's not Thanksgiving without mincemeat tarts and hard sauce.
Any thoughts - thanks - and Happy Thanksgiving!