Prickly Pear JellyFrom MI GATITA BED AND BREAKFAST
When slightly warm, press with potato masher and strain through a jelly bag or two thicknesses of cheesecloth. (At this point, juice may be frozen for jellymaking later.)
To 2 & 1/2 cups juice, add 1 & 3/4 ounce package of powdered pectin; bring to a fast boil, stirring constantly. Add 3 tablespoons lime juice. a few (8-10) cinnamon redhots, and 3 & 1/2 cups sugar. Bring to hard boil, and cook for 3 minutes exactly at a rolling boil. Remove from heat, skim and pour into sterilized jelly glasses. Seal at once with 1/8 inch melted paraffin.
You can use the same recipe for the Indian Fig prickly pears (big, round orange and red fruit.) If you don't have prickly pear cactus in your area, just plan to come visit us at harvest time; early September.