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Old 08-11-2018, 03:20 PM   #1
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My wife and I were at the property this week and found the prickly pear cactus fruit was blooming. Instead of letting those go to waste we decided to make a jelly out of the fruit. Special Thanks to Coachs Wife on here and to www.mywildkitchen.com for this awesome recipe! Followed it to a T and it was delicious! Pictures to follow!

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Old 08-11-2018, 03:41 PM   #2
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12 pack can of beer worth of prickly pear fruit.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:44 PM   #3
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Good stuff, friend of my from work makes it and gives me some every year.
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:57 PM   #4
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This was by far the most important, but meticulous part of the entire process. After picking fruit we had to burn off the small hairs of each fruit. We took our time to make sure all hair was burned off. We used our gas stove, but next time will purchase a propane torch!!
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:11 PM   #5
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After removing all hairs from fruit, we peeled skin from fruit and added all contents into bowl for boiling. We boiled fruit, seeds and juice for 10 minutes to release the enzymes from fruit to allow SureJell mix to form properly.
WORD OF CAUTION...PEEL FRUIT OUTSIDE AND WEAR CLOTHES YOU DON'T CARE FOR AS FRUIT JUICE STAINS EASILY. DOING THIS WILL AVOID THE EVIL DEATH STARE FROM WIFE!!
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:17 PM   #6
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After allowing boiled mash to cool, we separated fruit and seeds from juice by using fine mesh kitchen ladle. Next I added 1 tablespoon Fruit Fresh as a preserver and 1 packet of SureJell to allow juice to form a jelly. We stirred this until dissolved and added 2 cups sugar. (Coaches wife suggested more, but I had significantly less fruit, so we adjusted as necessary). We brought mixture back to a slow boil and continuously stirred until sugar was dissolved.

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Old 08-11-2018, 04:20 PM   #7
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Lookin good!
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:23 PM   #8
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Man I want to try this, but we don't have any prickly pear around us.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:27 PM   #9
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After boiling canning jars for sanitary, we added mixture of fruit, sugar and SureJell into jars. We filled them 7/8 full and secured hand tight.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:31 PM   #10
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I thought I was the only one crazy enough to do this. I have stopped trying to burn off the spines and just use a steam juicer and throw the tunas right in and then once they are good and steamed just smash them with a potato masher.. We filter the juice through a coffee filter to get any things other than juice out It saves lots of time and aggravation of getting all those buggers out of your fingers. I also add cinnamon red hot candies when the juice is still warm from being steamed. I just usually add in a good sized handful and then stir to dissolve. It really highlights the prickly pear natural flavor.
If you really want to wow your friends. Google the cochineal bug. You probably have them on your cactus. Interesting history there.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:33 PM   #11
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We added the jars back into boiling water and let boil for 15 minutes. Carefully removed jars from pot and will let set for 24 hours before trying. This is my first time attempting this recipe and will let yall know how it turns out tomorrow and will adjust as necessary.
Quick Note: 12 pack can of beer full of prickly pear fruit only yielded Nine 4oz. cans worth of jelly. Lots of loss due to amount of seeds!!
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:36 PM   #12
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If you ever make extras ill by a batch from you just let me know your price
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:36 PM   #13
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I thought I was the only one crazy enough to do this. I have stopped trying to burn off the spines and just use a steam juicer and throw the tunas right in and then once they are good and steamed just smash them with a potato masher.. We filter the juice through a coffee filter to get any things other than juice out It saves lots of time and aggravation of getting all those buggers out of your fingers. I also add cinnamon red hot candies when the juice is still warm from being steamed. I just usually add in a good sized handful and then stir to dissolve. It really highlights the prickly pear natural flavor.
If you really want to wow your friends. Google the cochineal bug. You probably have them on your cactus. Interesting history there.
Really good info for next time!! Thanks for the input and will DEFINETLY do this next time. My hands will thank me!
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:17 PM   #14
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Breakfast this morning! Farm Fresh Eggs, Toast with the Prickly Pear Jelly and Peach Preserves. Prickly Pear Jelly turned out great and only thing I'll do differently is harvest more fruit for next time.
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Old 08-13-2018, 01:50 PM   #15
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My mom recently showed me this gem. I used it on wild grapes for grape jelly. It is unreal how much of a difference this makes.

Jelly Mesh Strainer
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:39 PM   #16
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I have a weed burner that runs off of propane. I wonder if you burn the hairs off before you picked the fruit. Been wanting make some jelly.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:40 PM   #17
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Good job. They are great as jelly. Even better in Margaritas. LOL
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:50 PM   #18
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Anything prickly pear is really good
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:26 PM   #19
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could you just put these in a blender and then strain without taking the hairs/skin first?
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Old 08-15-2018, 05:33 PM   #20
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I have a weed burner that runs off of propane. I wonder if you burn the hairs off before you picked the fruit. Been wanting make some jelly.
Haven't done it in years, but that is exactly how we did it!
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:59 PM   #21
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ok YouTube and 15 minutes later after picking and de-hairing... that was easy! these look ripe?

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ok YouTube and 15 minutes later after picking and de-hairing... that was easy! these look ripe?

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Post u tube video please.
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thanks for the inspiration
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:45 AM   #24
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Post u tube video please.
sorry forgot this. just pick the fruit using tongs. put into a container or strainer and run under water while shaking around or aggitating. I put mine in the meat tub I use for sausage and used the water hose outside. while pouring water in I would move them around in circular motion or stirred them with the tongs and 10's of thousands of those hairs came right off. Only took a few minutes and I could pick them up clean. I was amazed since I always hear of the trouble people go through with these things. Actually simple and straight forward you have to clean them anyway so this does both at once and only took a few minutes.

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