The main ingredients in Borden None Such Mincemeat include raisins, molasses, dried apples, beef and spices. Borden also manufactures condensed mincemeat, which contains similar ingredients and requires reconstitution with water.
Mincemeat is a popular pie and tart filling. It also appears in many recipes for Christmas cake, which combines the flavors of fruitcake with the lighter texture of a standard cake. One Christmas cake requires 1 1/2 cups of mincemeat.
Cooks in the 12th century developed mincemeat as a way to preserve meat and suet with alcohol and spices. Few modern recipes require meat. However, some top recipes still include suet.