Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
Salting cuts the slime factor on cactus pads, or nopales. These pickled pads are delicious alongside meats or as a vegetarian taco filling.
Harvesting and processing the fruit from prickly pear cactus, also called tunas.
I've always wanted to make prickly pear jelly, but never had the opportunity until now. This recipe is something I developed based on my experience with canning over the past several years. The jelly it produces is beautiful and tasty.
A description of four ways to preserve prickly pear cactus pads (nopales in Spanish): drying, pressure canning, pickling and freezing with links to two ways to preserve the fruit.