Prickly pear jam
INGREDIENTS About 10 prickly pears 2 1/2 cups of granulated sugar 1 cup water Juice of 1 lemon METHOD Peel the prickly pears. Cut them into small pieces and put them in a pot along with a cup of water. Place the pot on the stove on medium low heat. Allow it to simmer/low boil, and cook until the fruit becomes soft. Remove the fruits from the stove and pass them through a food mill to break down the fruit and remove the seeds. Once again place the fruits on the stove on low heat to bring the fruit pulp mixture to a gentle boil. Add sugar and keep stirring. Add the lemon juice and allow the mixture to simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Let the mixture thicken considerably. It should take approximately 40 minutes to achieve fine consistency. Store in sterile jelly jars, and if canned properly, your prickly pear jam should last for at least six months.