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Old 10-25-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Finally, after collecting and freezing these little gems, for the better half of the summer, the cactus figs are juiced and ready to go!!! I have convinced myself that this is the healthiest wine on the planet, that is, until the goji berries and passionfruits are ready!!!

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Old 10-25-2012, 01:19 PM   #2
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Finally, after collecting and freezing these little gems, for the better half of the summer, the cactus figs are juiced and ready to go!!! I have convinced myself that this is the healthiest wine on the planet, that is, until the goji berries and passionfruits are ready!!!
Gorgeous....have fun.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:26 PM   #3
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I'm still trying to get my neighbors to give theirs up

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:42 PM   #4
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I'm still trying to get my neighbors to give theirs up
Offer them WINE!!!! There is an Amish lady in town, here, that has laid claim to all the Prickly Pear patches here. So we keep making ours larger and larger!!! Have you ever made this wine before? Out of all the 'swamp swill' I have made, this is my fav! And saramc...next year I have informed my husband, that I will be getting one of those steam juicers you mentioned in an earlier post!
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I have not made this wine before, and I honestly don't have a back supply to offer any up front, but would of course always offer from the finished product.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:25 PM   #6
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Dang, I would love to get a bunch of prickly pears for the 3 pounds of mesquite honey I bought at Trader Joe's. (When I got home I saw the scanner at the store had charged $1.49 for it. Yowz!)

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:35 PM   #7
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I had seen a box of fresh ones at Walmart for like .28 apiece, and did not hop on the opportunity

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:47 AM   #8
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Just in case someone thinks these survive in hot climate only...these cacti are cold hardy. I have two small, but growing and expanding, patches growing one mile south of Ohio River near Louisville, KY...and friends growing in NY, PA, NJ, ND, MN, SC, NC. For decades.

Hmm, I wonder if my TJ will have mesquite on error markdown also? I used it to make my mead.

MzAnnie...you will adore that steam juicer. If you haunt Amazon you will catch them on sale. I do not know if Amazon has a 'notify me' feature to use when item is on sale, back in stock, etc. If you invest in the stainless you will pass it down to your kids! And you can also find these seals that fit on glass bottles...you put the hot juice into clean, sanitized glass bottles and apply the seal and it vacuum seals. Amazing buggers which I have caught new in package on eBay also.
http://www.juicer-steamer.com/bottle-caps.html

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Old 10-26-2012, 12:51 AM   #9
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Finally, after collecting and freezing these little gems, for the better half of the summer, the cactus figs are juiced and ready to go!!! I have convinced myself that this is the healthiest wine on the planet, that is, until the goji berries and passionfruits are ready!!!
That looks beautiful!!

How did you go about juicing them? Just curious, thats awesome you mentioned goji berries I was just thinking about making goji wine, don't even know where to get half this stuff!
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:27 AM   #10
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I made both PP and goji berry wine. The goji was made with dried berries I bought on-line and it is bottled now and I am pretty pleased with it. The prickly pear is still aging with some spices - It is clear, has beautiful color and tastes good, but I do not like its smell. So I'm trying to kill it with some cloves, cinnamon, vanilla beans and cardamom.

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