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Prickly Pear Jelly

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This is my grandmother's recipe. It is good on anything grape jelly is good on! Handle prickly pears carefully, wearing gloves. Store jelly in a cool, dark area."
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1 d 58 m servings 193
Original recipe yields 24 servings (3 pints, or 6 half-pints)


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  1. Simmer 3 pint-size jars in a large pot of water until ready for use. Wash lids and rings in warm soapy water.
  2. Slice ends off each prickly pear. Make 1 long vertical slit down each one. Use the slit to hold the skin and peel off. Discard peel.
  3. Place peeled pears in a blender; puree in batches until liquefied. Press puree through a fine-mesh sieve set over a bowl. Discard pulp and seeds.
  4. Measure out 3 cups prickly pear juice, lemon juice, and pectin into a large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Let cook, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour prickly pear mixture into hot jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.
  6. Place a rack in the bottom of a stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars 2 inches apart into the boiling water using a holder. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the stockpot, and process for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the jars from the pot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, and let cool, at least 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 193 calories; 0.6 48.8 0.9 0 6 Full nutrition

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Based on the other reviewer's remarks, I was concerned that this wouldn't set, so I looked at some other recipes on-line and sort of merged them with this. Here's what I did: All the fruit from...

PCLARKRN I wonder if I could "redo" the batch and add two boxes of pectin? I used two with a double batch. Thanks!

I think that I have prickly pear jam, and not jelly, as there is some pulpy stuff that floated to the top of the jar! That being said, this recipe was pretty easy. I added a bit less sugar, and...

I made this jelly twice the first batch was with orange and red prickly pear. The orange variety set up nicely the red remained liquid so it would make a nice beverage syrup or syrup for pancak...