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prickly pear margarita

phunkykim Mar 9, 2009 12:25 PM

I have had these before and very tasty - but never tried it at home
i found this recipe
followed the directions - but...
when i cut open the pear... it was all seeds - i didnt really see any "meat"
i basically squeezed it through cheesecloth - but in essence it was just juice i was getting out of it
did i do something wrong? or are there various types of prickly pears?


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    maple99 Mar 14, 2009 12:46 PM

    I do not have a direct answer to your question, but I've always made them from syrup, like this stuff: http://www.desertusa.com/web_cart/db/...
    which is very easy to use.

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    1. re: maple99
      phunkykim Mar 16, 2009 01:41 PM

      thank you all for your responses - i'll keep on trying :)

    2. Cheese Boy Mar 12, 2009 08:51 PM

      Cactus pears are *loaded* with seeds. Just do a search for "prickly pears" or "tuna" and you're bound to find results that support this. I prefer the goldish green variety of cactus pears for their sweeter flavor and brighter *happier* color. The red are just less appealing to me overall, and much more messy.

      There's some suggestions for you in the links I've included here. Try adding the meats in a blender and adding a tiny bit of water ... Strain that after a quick whirl. Slightly diluted, yes, but it just might work.

      Link #1 --> http://www.naturallivingcuisine.com/2008/09/25/prickly-pear-cactus-fruit/

      Link #2 --> http://www.naturallivingcuisine.com/2...

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      1. re: Cheese Boy
        HaagenDazs Mar 20, 2009 10:28 AM

        In the past, I've used the blender method. It's far easier than trying to push whole fruit through a strainer. I used just water at the time but you could add some simple syrup or even tequila to the blender.

      2. streetgourmetla Mar 9, 2009 12:40 PM

        Don't use cheesecloth.The directions call for a mesh strainer, that's the ticket.The directions on this recipe are good, and if followed you should fine.Enjoy.

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        1. re: streetgourmetla
          phunkykim Mar 9, 2009 05:25 PM

          i did the mesh strainer as well.... (the 1st batch) my question is more for people who know about the pear - is the inside supposed to be all seeds? i didnt see much "meat"

          1. re: phunkykim
            streetgourmetla Mar 9, 2009 05:47 PM

            There are a hell of a lot of seeds.Is yours the green or red?I eat these at mercados in Mexico and have made the margaritas.I'm familiar with "tunas".

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