The first 6 Jars of "Prickly Pears" were so good I decided that I should take the rest of the fruit off the Cactus and make more..while I was in the mood, and while the fruit was there. You never know what next year will bring (I'm judging that from last year) and besides when something taste good it doesn't stay in this house for long..and I thought I'd better "Strike while the Iron was hot" :o)
With the second batch I added my own thing ...I used several leaves of Stevia that I grew,and about 4 whole Anise seeds (I hoped for more flavor) I also used less sugar with this second batch (on purpose) To see if "Stevia" would make a difference while using less sugar..I'm hoping it will also Gel as nicely as the first batch..If not I'll use it as "Prickly Pear Syrup" :o) waste not want not! .
I didn't take a picture of the second batch until I can mark the first ( to remember the difference). One day I may show the "Canning Closet" :o)
I will say I did the second batch in less time and with less effort...first I picked them off the Cactus...Singed them...and right into the sink full of cold water..Washed them with the brush (with gloves on :o) then put them right into the Food Processor and puree them seeds and all...then used a Bowl like strainer to sit on top of a nice size bucket so I could spoon it around and the juice would fall to the bottom (slime and all :o). I got 8 cups of juice to work with. My hands stayed clean and I was done at my leisure. I'm really earning my keep around here..