1 qt. prickly pear fruit
1 (1 3/4 oz.) pkg. powdered pectin
3 tbsp. lemon, lime or sour orange juice
3 1/2 c. sugar
Select ripe, but not over ripe, prickly pear fruit. Brush fruit under running water. Cut or not, place in a kettle with just enough water to cover. Cook until quite tender and soft. Strain through two thicknesses of cloth or jelly bag. Measure 2 1/2 cups of juice; add pectin. Stirring constantly, bring to a fast boil. Add citrus juice and sugar. Bring to a hard boil (one that can't be stirred down) and boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, skim, and pour into sterilized jelly jars. Cover at once with 1/8 inch of melted paraffin.