Here’s the Steps
Step 1: Get yerself 3 buckets, two foot long 2x4s, a grease screen for frying pans, a pillowcase, a potato masher, some mason jars (any storage will work) and some tongs or two if you have help.
Step 2: Pick the prickly pears. Fill one buck, or half the bucket, or a quarter of the bucket. (I guess the juice goes bad fast so don’t go overboard)
Step 3: Wash the pears. I just cleaned off my patio and laid them out and rinsed them down thoroughly with the hose.
Step 4: Freeze the prickly pears. This step may be difficult if you don’t have a big freezer like we have, but we also went a little overboard with our prickly pear haul (which I told you in step 2 not to do) so if you limit your hunt, you may have enough room in your freezer.
Step 5: Prep your tools. Put empty bucket #1 on the ground, put grease screen over bucket, stack the 2x4s on the edges (as seen in the photo below), put empty bucket #2 on top of the 2x4s, line bucket #2 with pillowcase or liner.
Step 6: Fill bucket #2 with prickly pears and wait for them to thaw. Once they thaw, they’ll fall apart and the juice will filter into the bucket below.
Step 7: Mash em’ down for good measure.
Step 8: Fill up your storage, share with your friends, and enjoy!
*Disclaimer: This is one couple’s attempt at making prickly pear juice. This is by no means an expert how-to. If you would like history on the prickly pear, you came to the wrong place pardner.