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Unread 10-11-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Grilled Cactus....and some jelly

I don't think I've posted this here before.
Not sure if there are any Brethren who would be interested in salad and jelly. lol

Sorry for so many pics!!


in my pasture...



prickly pear cactus...











I hold them with pliers and scrape the thorns off with sharp knife...



remove thorns..






corn, cactus, black beans, shrimp, scallions, jalapenos..



brush with oil and onto the grill..


shrimp on grill too..







slice grilled cactus...



make dressing..
1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 2/3 cup oil, minced garlic, 1 TBs dijon mustard , onion powder, salt and pepper to taste



make salad, grilled cactus, corn, scallions, tomatoes, onion, black beans...




Grilled cactus, shrimp and corn salad...






make jelly with cactus fruit..










simmer fruit in small amount of water



strain...





sugar, pectin and lemon juice





cactus jelly..









Just something different...


Thank you for looking!
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Yum!

I use Nopalitos (cactus leaves) in my chili. Love it!


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Wow....

For those of us who have never tasted cacti, what does it taste similar to????

The jelly looks really good.
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As I've said before, you suck.
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Thanks Teamfour! They are pretty tasty.


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Wow....

For those of us who have never tasted cacti, what does it taste similar to????

The jelly looks really good.
Thank you! The fresh ones are similar to a green bean. You can get canned or pickled ones in the stores here. I rinse the pickled ones before using to get rid of the brine flavor.
Thanks about the jelly too. I like it on hot biscuits. :)
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As I've said before, you suck.

lol I would worry if you didn't tell me that.
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Simply amazing Jeanie! You are most definitely living right - you'll probably be getting a few more proposals this week.

I see cactus in the stores around here sometimes - never thought of buying any till now!

Thanks for putting that up!
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Simply amazing Jeanie! You are most definitely living right - you'll probably be getting a few more proposals this week.

I see cactus in the stores around here sometimes - never thought of buying any till now!

Thanks for putting that up!
lol Thanks Greg. I'm pretty sure all of the good ones are taken.

If you give the cactus a try, please take pics!
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Dang....is there anything you don't do? Looks great!
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Very cool Jeanie, I love the look of that pasture, it doesn't look like your animals are going hungry any time soon!
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Cool post, and salad/jelly looks awesome. Nopales (cacti) are in all the Mexi grocery stores here, I'm gonna try some. Never really knew what to do with those.....

How do you know when they are done? Do they get really soft or...???

Thanks for the idea!
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Thanks for the taste report on those cactus. Saw some in our local farm market yesterday but had no clue how to prepare them. Nor did I know what they taste like.
Thank you Jeanie!!!
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Now that is cool...Fascinating to a guy that's only seen cactus in a pot on someone's desk.
Thanks for sharing!
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Growing he in Phoenix we had prickly pear cacti everywhere. Never had a clue how to make the jelly. I have to give this a try next time i'm down there.
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Your pasture is out of sight. You are the bomb I have never had cactus and cactus jelly but hesard that it is excellent. You just confirmed with your Pics That salad looks wonderful
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