Microwave Cactus Jelly

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  • 2 1/2 cups prickly pear cactus fruit juice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 box powdered pectin
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar


  1. In a 2- or 3-quart glass measure or casserole, combine cactus juice and pectin. Stir until pectin is dissolved. Cook on high, uncovered, for 7 to 14 minutes or until boiling, stirring every 3 minutes. Boil for 1 minute.
  2. Add lemon juice. Gradually stir in sugar until blended. Cook on high for 5 to 7 minutes or until mixture returns to a boil. Stir every 2 minutes to prevent a boil-over. Boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Skim foam from top.
  4. Pour into hot sterilized 1/2 pint jars.
  5. Cover with hot sterilized lids and screw bands. Invert jar and quickly return to upright position.

Yield: 6 cups jelly

If you pick your own fruit and make the juice, the cost can be approximately $2!

Posted by Tiffany at Recipe Goldmine May 21, 2001