Prickly Pear Jelly Recipe

Don't let the "tuna" scare you off, there's no fish in this Prickly Pear Jelly recipe.

| September/October 2010

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Acquiring prickly pear fruit (called “tuna” in Spanish) for juice may be dangerous (thorns, snakes, angry longhorns who have been eating prickly pear), but the effort is well worth it. Use a propane torch to burn off thorns from tuna before picking.

Prickly Pear Jelly

4 cups prickly pear juice, about 40 cactus fruit (tuna)
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 packages powdered pectin
3/4 cup hot cinnamon candy (7-ounce box)
4 cups unsweetened apple juice
7 cups sugar

Steam tuna until soft. Push through colander. Strain resulting pulp through jelly cloth or cheese cloth to collect juice.

In large pan, stir together prickly pear juice, lemon juice and pectin.

Place hot candy in apple juice. Microwave 3 minutes; stir. Repeat microwaving and stirring until dissolved.

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