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Will this procedure be the same for the dried pedro? as reads below for the fresh? "wet"
HOW TO PREPARE SAN PEDRO CACTUS FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
Items used in the preparation of Chimora by a Shaman of the Western Civilization. These items include a blender, an 8-quart cooking pot, A spoon, preferably a wooden spatula, 2 empty potato salad containers and some old cloth from a t-shirt to be used for straining (see fig. 3).
(1): Take one ? one foot section of a cutting of Trichecerius Pachanoi (see fig. 4).
Or a cactus approximately this size of a little more than one foot and 2- ? inches wide (see fig. 5).
Notice that the end of the cactus is shaped like a star, usually with from four to nine ribs (see fig. 6).
and slice it like a cucumber into star sections (see fig. 7).
More slices of stars (see fig. 8).
And more stars. (see fig. 9).
It is always always faster to chop the whole cactus and then start to blend it cup by cup.
and then chop those star sections into quarter pieces as seen in (see fig. 10).
(2): Fill one cup of cactus to one cup of water (fig. 11).
and pour mixture into the blender (Fig. 12).
(3) Now blend this mixture until the two cups of cactus bits and cup of water mix to the top of the blender (Fig. 13).
Blend. Repeat process several times until the whole cactus is in the blender. You will most likely have to do this step in several steps. After blending each cup of cactus and blending you will pour it one cup at a time into the blender., blend and then pour the mixture into a large cooking pot of at least 3-5 quarts of water.
(4): Cook on a slow low heat until the mixture is even. Once you have blended this mixture into a pot to boil, the cactus pulp is separated from the water and sits on top of the mixture (fig. 14).
Once the water starts to boil, the pulp will rise to the top of the pot and boil over (fig. 15).
So it is very important that you use, hopefully a gas stove because you can better regulate the heat of the cooking temperature. You can also leave the spurs (spines, needles) on the cactus since the boiling eventually softens them into a sting like piece of material. Therefore the spines will not be harmful. Cooking renders them soft. Now, as I mentioned above, it is important to stir the mixture while it is rejoining itself into one liquid and begins to turn green like the skin of the cactus (fig. 16).
Always stir and turn the heat as low as possible for the first half hour of cooking. Slowly but surely the green goop will eventually remix with the water until you have one substance in the pot. A pulpy green Kermit looking glop of goop. A quick mention that this goop of green in the pan has a consistency of glue or snot. See these next four images to show you how snotty this mixture can be (Figs. 17).
And the following two next images after this one to show the gooey gluey snottly composition of the green goop.
in fig. 18 i am still stirring the goop.
And still remixing and stiring the goop (fig. 19).
(5). AFTER THE WATER AND PULP HAVE REJOINED THEN YOU CAN INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF HEAT TO THE BOIL SO IT WILL BOIL CONTINOUSLY BUT NOT RISE OVER THE PAN ONTO THE STOVE.
Now this next image shows you how the mixture is starting to remix and boil down. (fig. 20).
(6): Continue boiling for two to four hours until you have just about 12 to 16 ounces of goo left in the bottom of the pan (figs. 21).
Do not burn. During this 2-4 hour period, you can always add another 12 to 16 ounces of water or more and boil a little longer if you like. Eventually it becomes a messy glob of gooey gluey goop as seen in this next image (fig. 22).
(7): Now Take your blender and place an old t-shirt pocket onto the top of the blender as if making a filter out of some of your old t-shirt. Make a pocket into the top of the blender with the t-shirt (fig. 23).
Then pour the liquid mixture from the pot back into the cloth section you have made a cup of in the top of the blender Fig. 24).
The liquid will slowly seep into this cloth pocket and drip into the blender. Keep repeating this process until all of the remaining pulp is in the pocket of cloth in the blender.
(8): Now take a piece of string and tie it around the cloth so that it is closed up at the top of the blender, thus keeping the cloth ball over the top of the blender. Attached this string above you to a kitchen cabinet door and let the ball of goop trapped in the cloth dangle over the top of the blender so the juice drips into the blender with the remainder of the liquid. After fifteen minutes the Cactus pulp should have cooled down considerably and then you can squeeze the remaining liquid into the blender (see fig. 25).
(9): Next, let the liquid cool off for a while until it is warm enough to drink and will not burn your throat.
(10): Next take the pulp cloth out of the blender and untie the string form it and open it up to see how much is left. This is just for your personal information (see fig. 26)
As you may have noticed, the amount of space shrunk consideravbly after boiling. You can now throw this pulp away. It is useless and now inert of properties.
(10): Finally, take the blender juice and pour it into one of the two cups you used to prepare the cactus for cooking (see fig. 27).
Now take one half hour to drink this glass of goop.
Remember that it is very easy to open your mouth and swallow a big shot of cactus juice.
It is not the same as chewing horrible bitter tasting fresh buttons of Peyote, which make you gag. Each time you take a swallow of the mixture you can take an equal drink of whatever you want to to counter the tatse of the mildly bitter tasting of the San Pedro Juice.
It is not as bad as one would think and does not create nauseated feelings when swallowed instead of chewed where the taste in the latter stays in your mouth.
Remember the reason to drink this liquid slow is to make the come-on to your system be gentle and not shock your central nervous system. The Indians of Peru do so with the San Pedro as do the North American Indians do when consuming four to 6 or more buttons of peyote.
(11): I think you will find this a cool way to prepare the cactus.
I didn't read the whole thing but I'm pretty sure it's the same process when using dried cactus, only you have less material to work with (although it expands when put into water but I don't know how much).
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