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Pictorial Tutorial: Processing Cactus
    #2791755 - 06/14/04 09:29 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Hey kids,

Here's a pictorial guide showing how I processed the 20 inches of VERY SPINY Trichocereus peruvianus cactus shown below.


First, smoke a little to set the mood. :laugh:  Then put on some gloves, and break out your needle-nosed pliers.  Wrapping newspaper around a spiny cactus makes it easier to handle.


Carefully pinch off the spine pads.  It's not very difficult, you'll soon get the hang of it, and will be able to grab only the spine pad & very little of the green flesh (the good stuff!).


Repeat the process, pinching off all of the spine pads...


This was an easy one with nice results!


The spine-trash.  You can discard these.


Now she's much easier to handle.  What a beauty!


Cut off a slice about 1.5 to 2 inches, and we'll start peeling.


Cut the slice in half...


And begin peeling.



More to come !
YourHighness


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Re: Pictorial Tutorial: Processing Cactus [Re: YourHighness]
    #2791771 - 06/14/04 09:48 AM (12 years, 5 months ago)

Continuing...

Get your peel on!


Starting to peel another slice...


Voila! Another slice has been skinned!


And another.


The pile of skin. You can use a spoon or knife blade to scrape off any remaining green bits if you want to get every last molecule of good-stuff.


Next, cut out the woody core from each slice of de-skinned cactus.


Three simple cuts usually does it.



I could have cut out more of the white flesh, which doesn't have much of the active compound, but I was making Nan's Syrup using a pressure cooker, so I left more white flesh. If I had planned to dry the cactus material, I would have cut away more of the white flesh.


What I ended up with:


Another view. Ready for the pressure cooker!


The process was a bit time consuming, but wasn't difficult. And definitely worth it !

YourHighness


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