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Old 09-18-2017, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Prickly PearFruit: Harvesting, Handling, Prepping

I had my first experience with prickly pear this summer. So far I've made syrup, jelly, margaritas, and marinated steaks with it.

I'll share those recipes soon, but first I'm sharing my experience. I know some of you have a lot more experience with prickly pear, so I'd love to have your expertise shared on the blog. I'll definitely do this again, but as I say in the post, I'll be investing in a pear burner first to save myself a lot of pain and time.

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Have a read and throw in your two-cents: http://www.mywildkitchen.com/prickly-pear-fruit/.
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Old 09-18-2017, 03:56 PM   #2
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I left you a comment on your blog. Looks like you had some fun
I absolutely love prickly pear season!!! I love all the things that you can do with them
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Old 09-18-2017, 03:58 PM   #3
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love me some tuna's. Burning of glockets off is the way to go. I have 2 gallons of prickly pear wine going right now.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:02 PM   #4
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I left you a comment on your blog. Looks like you had some fun
I absolutely love prickly pear season!!! I love all the things that you can do with them
Thank you Mrs. JS! I really appreciate the input!
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:09 PM   #5
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Thank you Mrs. JS! I really appreciate the input!
You are so welcome!!! I actually made a couple of batches last night - 10 jars of jelly - and plan to make more tonight. Have you ever picked fruit in different areas to see if there is a difference in taste? I have always wondered if there is a difference from one area to another in the taste of the juice.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:33 PM   #6
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I've got about 6 "spineless" cactus in this year for personal use, should start producing usable tunas in about 2 more years. Having a supply out the back door sure beats making a trip and having to deal with stickers. Until mine start producing I'll have bum from my neighbor, they have 3 huge plants that they grew to harvest napalitos.
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Old 09-18-2017, 04:54 PM   #7
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We make margaritas. Any one know where you can buy fruit? We couldnt get out to pick much this year
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Old 09-18-2017, 05:22 PM   #8
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love me some tuna's. Burning of glockets off is the way to go. I have 2 gallons of prickly pear wine going right now.
My parents are making some wine right now too! I can't wait to try it! Have you shared your method?

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Have you ever picked fruit in different areas to see if there is a difference in taste? I have always wondered if there is a difference from one area to another in the taste of the juice.
This was my first time harvesting any. It was in Ozona. The fruit itself was not sweet like I read it was. Kind of tangy. But great with all the sugar added to the jelly!
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:05 PM   #9
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Prickly Pear is my very favorite jelly. Thanks for reminding me to pick some this weekend. My neighbor makes jelly so if I give her the juice we split the jelly.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:22 AM   #10
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Prickly Pear is my very favorite jelly. Thanks for reminding me to pick some this weekend. My neighbor makes jelly so if I give her the juice we split the jelly.
That's a sweet gig! Nice neighbor!
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:31 AM   #11
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Prickly pears??? That's cool I always wondered what they were called in English my mom always called em tunas so I always called them by thier spanish name as well...... learn sumpin' new even day.......
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Old 09-19-2017, 10:57 AM   #12
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Prickly pears??? That's cool I always wondered what they were called in English my mom always called em tunas so I always called them by thier spanish name as well...... learn sumpin' new even day.......
I kept seeing recipes for tunas and thought why would you do that with tuna fish?! I learned something new too.

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Old 09-26-2017, 01:20 PM   #13
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Prickly pears make great beer and Mead


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Old 09-26-2017, 04:17 PM   #14
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Sounds like a recipe I try!
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:33 PM   #15
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My dad used to make wine out of them. I always liked picking them, cutting open and just eating the fruit. Lots of seeds though. Be careful around big groups though. Rattlesnakes love to stay in there due to the amount of rabbits and rats that use them for cover. Have a place around Crawford with quite a few on it and there are lots of rattlers there.
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You ought to watch a cow or two get into a patch of, you've never seen a more satisfied looking critter drooling purple.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:39 AM   #17
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Had a recipe before but cant find again. It made more of a thick syrup. You put jalapenos in it and pour over cream cheese for chips was the best way to eat it.
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Old 09-29-2017, 02:54 PM   #18
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Had a recipe before but cant find again. It made more of a thick syrup. You put jalapenos in it and pour over cream cheese for chips was the best way to eat it.
That sounds good. I know if you don't boil it long enough it will be more like a syrup. The enzymes deactivate the Sure Jell.
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Old 10-01-2017, 08:27 AM   #19
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Here’s the link to my video showing how I make it. Feel free to comment or ask any questions!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MJN_Yy18F4o
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My wife has tried and failed a couple of times to make tuna jelly. I am going to sit her down with the videos.
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Old 10-01-2017, 09:51 AM   #21
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My wife has tried and failed a couple of times to make tuna jelly. I am going to sit her down with the videos.
My first guess (as a novice) would be that maybe she isn't boiling it long enough in the beginning to deactivate the enzymes, which would keep the pectin from setting. Good luck to her! Mrs. JS's video is very thorough!
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Old 10-23-2017, 02:02 PM   #22
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I'm going to have to try this next year!
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Old 10-31-2017, 11:18 PM   #23
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love me some tuna's. Burning of glockets off is the way to go. I have 2 gallons of prickly pear wine going right now.


Would you be willing to share your prickly pear wine recipe? I have about a quart of prickly pear syrup that I made this summer. Can I use that? I cut up the fruit and boil it to extract the juice. I then strain it many, many times and then reduce it with sugar to make a syrup.


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Would you be willing to share your prickly pear wine recipe? I have about a quart of prickly pear syrup that I made this summer. Can I use that? I cut up the fruit and boil it to extract the juice. I then strain it many, many times and then reduce it with sugar to make a syrup.


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That should be good for about 3 gallons, 2 may be stronger.
Add to water, and treat like any fruit wine. Pectin 1tsp. 1tsp yeast nutritive, yeast.

Open ferment 3-5 days, then with bubbler. Rack every couple of months till clear.


I have yet to bottle mine. Getting close but still a little cloudy.

This is my first pp wine but I have heard it best to age for 1 yr prior to drinking.

Each time I take, I sample and it is tasting pretty good.
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That should be good for about 3 gallons, 2 may be stronger.

Add to water, and treat like any fruit wine. Pectin 1tsp. 1tsp yeast nutritive, yeast.



Open ferment 3-5 days, then with bubbler. Rack every couple of months till clear.





I have yet to bottle mine. Getting close but still a little cloudy.



This is my first pp wine but I have heard it best to age for 1 yr prior to drinking.



Each time I take, I sample and it is tasting pretty good.


I really appreciate it, can't wait to try it out! I've got two gallon size bags of crushed mustang grapes waiting for me to decide on a recipe, too.


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