How to Cook Cactus

Are you up for a fun cooking challenge? Learn how to prepare cactus by mixing into a salad or tossing it on the grill. Start by scraping the prickles off the cactus paddles and trimming the edges. Then you can boil the cactus and mix it with chopped onions, peppers, and tomatoes to make a simple salad. You can also throw the paddles directly onto a hot grill to give the cactus a delicious smoky flavor.

[Edit]Ingredients
[Edit]Boiled Nopales Salad
6 cactus paddles
1 tomatillo husk
1/4 of a white onion, cut into wedges
1 garlic clove
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) of salt
1 1/2 cups (300 g) of chopped tomatoes
2 serrano peppers, minced
1/2 cup (75 g) of chopped onion
of lemon juice
1/2 cup (25 g) of fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon (1 g) of Mexican oregano
of olive oil
1 avocado, sliced
1/2 cup (60 g) of fresh cheese (queso fresco), crumbled
Corn tortillas or tostadas to serveMakes 4 servings

[Edit]Grilled Cactus Paddles
6 to 8 nopales cactus paddles
of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) of salt
1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) of ground pepperMakes 4 servings

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Boiled Nopales Salad
Trim the edge from 6 paddles and scrape off the prickly spines. Cut off the outer from the edge of each cactus paddle. Then hold each paddle by the stem and carefully scrape against the prickles using a sharp knife. The prickly spines should fall off.[1]
Wear gloves to protect your hands from the sharp thorns.
Bring a pot of water to boil and cut the paddles into any size you want. Fill a pot that’s at least in size with water and bring it to a boil over high heat. While the water is heating, cut each of the cactus paddles into pieces or strips.[2]
You can slice or cut the cactus paddles into any size you want, but keep the pieces uniform.
Put the cactus pieces, tomatillo husk, onion, garlic, and salt into the pot. Carefully put the cactus pieces or strips into the boiling water, so the water doesn’t splash you. Add 1 tomatillo husk, 1/4 of a white onion, 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) of salt, and 1 garlic clove.[3]
Keep the water boiling over high heat after you add the ingredients.
Boil the uncovered cactus mixture for 8 to 10 minutes. Let the cactus pieces and seasonings boil vigorously so the cactus begins to soften. As the cactus boils, it will release a sticky substance that floats to the top of the water.[4]
You may need to adjust the burner if you think the foamy water will boil over the side of the pot.
Drain the mixture and rinse it under cold water. Set a colander in the sink and turn off the burner. Use caution as you pour the mixture into the colander. To stop the cactus from cooking, immediately run cold water over it and let it drain again.[5]
At this point, you can refrigerate the boiled cactus in an airtight container for up to 3 to 5 days.
Stir the cactus with tomatoes, serrano peppers, cilantro, and onion. Put the drained cactus pieces into a serving bowl and add 1 1/2 cup (300 g) of chopped tomatoes, 2 minced serrano peppers, 1/2 cup (25 g) of chopped cilantro, and 1/2 cup (75 g) of chopped onion.[6]
For a rustic salad, keep the pepper and onion pieces large.
Mix the juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl. Get out a small bowl and pour in of lemon juice along with of olive oil. Whisk in 1 teaspoon (1 g) of Mexican oregano along with salt and pepper according to your taste.[7]
Use fresh lemon juice instead of bottled for the best flavor.
Toss the dressing into the nopales salad. Immediately pour the dressing over the cactus and vegetables in the serving bowl. Then use a large spoon to stir the ingredients until they’re evenly coated with the dressing.[8]
Taste the salad at this point and adjust the seasoning according to your preferences.
Serve the nopales salad with tortillas and your favorite toppings. Warm corn tortillas and spoon some of the nopales salad onto them. Then top the nopales with freshly sliced avocado, 1/2 cup (60 g) of crumbled fresh cheese, and sauce.[9]
Refrigerate the leftover nopales salad in an airtight container for up to 3 days.[Edit]Grilled Cactus Paddles
Light a gas or charcoal grill. If you’re using a gas grill, turn the burners to medium heat. If you’re using a charcoal grill, fill a chimney with charcoal briquettes and light them. Once the briquettes are hot and lightly covered with ash, dump them in the center of the grill.[10]
For additional flavor, consider adding mesquite or hickory chips to the briquettes before you grill the cactus paddles.
Cut the outer edge off of 6 to 8 cactus paddles. Put the paddles on a cutting board and trim off the entire edge from each paddle using a sharp knife. You only need to trim away from the edge.[11]
Consider wearing gloves to protect your skin from the prickly spines of the cactus paddles.
Scrape the prickly spines from each paddle. Carefully use a chef’s knife to scrape against both sides of the cactus paddles, so the spines or thorns fall off. Keep scraping until you don’t see any black spines left. Then rinse the paddles and dry them completely.[12]
To make it easier to handle, grasp the cactus paddle by its stem as you scrape.
Season the paddles with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Dip a pastry brush into of olive oil and brush it onto each side of the cactus paddles. Then get out 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) of salt and 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) of ground pepper. Sprinkle the salt and pepper evenly over the cactus.[13]
Remember to turn the paddles and season the other side as well.
Place the paddles on the grill. Arrange the cactus paddles so they’re directly over the coals. While it’s alright if the paddles touch each other on the grill, they should be in a single layer.[14]
If you can’t fit all of the cactus paddles on the grill in a single layer, grill them in batches.
Grill the cactus paddles for 6 to 8 minutes. Cover the grill and cook the cactus paddles until they turn a yellow-green color. This should take 3 to 4 minutes. Then use tongs to carefully turn each cactus paddle over and finish grilling the other sides of the paddles until they’re yellow-green.[15]
The cactus paddles should look charred in spots.
Slice the paddles and serve them while they’re hot. Use tongs to transfer the grilled cactus paddles to a cutting board. Then use a sharp knife to slice the paddles into long strips. Serve the grilled cactus paddles with warm tortillas, grilled corn on the cob, or fresh salsa.[16]
You can refrigerate leftover grilled paddles in an airtight container for up to 3 or 4 days, but their flavor can become bitter as they’re stored.[Edit]Tips
If you find wild barrel cactus, avoid using it in these recipes. Barrel cactus is best eaten raw, although you can separate and bake with the seeds.
For an extra-savory flavor, lay a slice of your favorite cheese, such as mozzarella or queso fresco, over the paddles just before serving them. The heat from the paddles should melt the cheese.[Edit]Things You’ll Need
[Edit]Nopales Salad
Measuring cups and spoons
Large pot with a lid
Knife and cutting board
Spoon
Colander
Serving bowl[Edit]Grilled Cactus Paddles
Knife and cutting board
Gas or charcoal grill
Tongs[Edit]References↑ https://youtu.be/H-yR3pYw9fM?t=43

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How to Clean Travel Bottles

Travel bottles allow you to easily bring your favorite toiletries with you on the go. While these small bottles are conveniently sized for traveling or to keep in your gym bag, they can be difficult to clean out once you’ve used most of the product. To clean out your travel bottles, first remove as much of the existing product as possible, then sanitize the bottles before refilling them with a different product.

[Edit]Steps
[Edit]Emptying Your Travel Bottles
Leave the bottle upside down so the product falls to the opening. Once you’ve used most of the product in the travel bottle, turn the bottle upside down and leave it for several hours or overnight so that the last of the product will fall down towards the cap. Then, carefully remove the cap and allow the remaining product to slide out.[1]
The amount of time it will take for the product to slide down towards the opening varies depending on the type of product. For example, liquid facewash or mouthwash will likely take much less time than a thick lotion or conditioner.
Use a beauty spatula to scoop out the last of the bottle’s contents. There are several types of beauty spatulas on the market today that are specifically made for scooping the last bits of product out of small containers and bottles. While there will likely still be some product residue left behind, these tiny spatulas fit through the opening of most travel bottles and will allow you to scrape much of the product from the sides and bottom.[2]Beauty spatulas are widely available online and at many beauty supply stores.
Rinse the bottle with water to loosen and liquefy any residue. Remove the cap of the travel bottle and pour in a small amount of water, filling it about 1/8 to ¼ of the way up. Replace the cap and shake the bottle to swish the water around so that it combines with the remaining product and loosens it from the bottle walls.[3] Remove the cap and pour out the remaining thinned, liquefied product.While liquefied lotion or makeup will likely be too messy to use, if your travel bottle contained shampoo, conditioner, or facewash, you can use the diluted last bit of product so that it’s not wasted.[Edit]Sanitizing Travel Bottles for Reuse
Use a white vinegar solution for a natural bottle sanitizer. Fill the travel bottle about ¾ full with hot water, then add of white vinegar. Replace the cap and shake the bottle to combine the water and vinegar, then let the solution sit for about 15 minutes. Dump the solution into the sink and rinse the bottle with water. Then, let the travel bottle air dry completely.[4]Any remaining vinegar smell will likely dissipate once the bottle air dries.
Soak your travel bottles in dish soap for an easy sanitizing option. Fill a bowl with of dishwashing soap and water. Remove the cap of the travel bottle and submerge both the cap and bottle in the soapy water. Leave the bottles to soak overnight, then rinse them with water to remove any residual dish soap.[5]If there was any product residue left in the bottle, you’ll likely see it floating on top of the water after soaking overnight.
If you want to clean the bottle faster, try filling it with a squirt of dish soap and water. Replace the cap and shake the bottle vigorously. Then, pour out the dish soap solution, as well as any residual product, and rinse the bottle with water.[6]
Cleanse the bottles with a rubbing alcohol soak to disinfect them. First, fill the travel bottle with rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for several hours or overnight to allow the alcohol to loosen any residual product and sanitize the bottle.[7] Then, pour out the alcohol along with any product residue and rinse it with water. Let the bottle air dry completely before refilling it with product.
Air drying will allow the alcohol residue to continue to disinfect before dissipating as it dries.
Run the bottles through the dishwasher if they’re dishwasher safe. To sanitize your travel bottles, you can run them through the dishwasher after removing as much of the product as possible.[8] Make sure that you check whether the material is dishwasher safe first, however, as the heat could damage or ruin some types of plastic and silicone.
While some plastic and silicone travel bottles are dishwasher safe, others are not. Therefore, you can’t necessarily determine whether you can run them through the dishwasher based on the material alone. To see whether your travel bottles are dishwasher safe, check the label on the bottles or packaging, or look on the brand’s website.
In most cases, dishwashers get hotter at the bottom. Therefore, you may want to put your travel bottles on the top rack to keep them away from the highest levels of heat.[Edit]References
 

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