Something else I would like to do this weekend, in addition to making cinnamon rolls, is go cactus hunting. The prickly pears are getting quite ripe and there are plenty of them around here. One of the prettiest, and most prolific is about 4′ from the shop.
It only takes about 50 of the fruit when they’re this ripe to make a batch of jelly so if I come across one or two more plants like this one, I can easily make a double batch of jelly. I am so hoping that by using the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer, I will not have to remove all those prickles . . we’ll see! I love that juicer and if it saves me from getting prickles in my hands, I will love it even more.
I’m thinking I can cut the pears, dump them in the sink, use big tongs to wash them and cut them in half and then dump them into the steam juicer but . . it remains to be seen if this plan will work. I hope it does and I’ll let you know.
There are several prickly pear recipes I’d like to try if it’s easy enough to get the juice out of them without having to remove all those prickles.