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chicois8

Apr 16, 2016, 5:20 PM

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Nopal Cactus

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Any cooking tips to cooking Nopal without the slime?
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California



Maesonna

Apr 16, 2016, 8:20 PM

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Re: [chicois8] Nopal Cactus

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The tradition I was taught was to put a slice of onion in the water when you boil the chopped nopal. On the other hand, maybe thatís just for flavour. Use plenty of water, and just embrace the slime, itís part of the charm of nopal, like okra.
I think the more water you use, the less slime you get. The type of dish where the nopal pieces are fried directly without boiling first are the slimiest.


chicois8

Apr 16, 2016, 10:11 PM

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Thanks Maesonna, any other answers welcome....
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California


cbviajero

Apr 17, 2016, 11:21 AM

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Re: [chicois8] Nopal Cactus

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All nopales are babosos/ slimey,but the best ones I've had were cooked over fire inside a penca de nopal in a rancho in Guanajuato.
We picked the nopales in the sierra.
Have you heard the Mexican saying (Tiene un nopal en la frente)?


(This post was edited by cbviajero on Apr 17, 2016, 11:37 AM)


chicois8

Apr 17, 2016, 11:28 AM

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All nopales are babosos/ slimey,but the best ones I've had were cooked over fire inside a penca in a rancho in Guanajuato.


Yes cbviajero, I know nopal are slimy, I am asking how to de-slim them,bobo!
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California


Camille

Apr 17, 2016, 9:56 PM

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PLEASE post if you can unlock that secret! I know how to de-slime okra, having grown up on a farm in SE Texas, and I LOVE it, stewed with tomatoes and onions and finished with fresh basil and dill. Oh Lawdy, warm cornbread, homechurned butter , and some black-eyed peas, and then shoot me, because it will NEVER get any better than that!!!!
But I would love to learn to love nopal in the same way.
If I could de-slime it, Maybe I could substitute it for the okra....
I will be at the Lake Aug-Oct and have some seeds from the heirloom burgundy okra. I grew some there several years ago when I was housesitting. I gave seed to the lovely girls at the Tuesday market, but never have seen any burgundy, which is by FAR the most tender okra I have ever enjoyed!
There is a weed, a wild oxalis, that grows on the prairie where I grew up. Its' flavor is reminiscent of French Sorrel, but much more refined and subtle. Sorry, don't know how to post a link, but I'm sure Sr. Google will oblige you if you ask.
Now I'm sorry it's too late to go do some cooking!!!


chicois8

Apr 18, 2016, 7:55 AM

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Re: [Camille] Nopal Cactus

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So what is your okra de-slime secret, maybe it will work on Nopal......
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California


chicois8

Apr 19, 2016, 9:19 AM

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Re: [chicois8] Nopal Cactus

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Well I asked a 89 year young abuelita and she said to boil the nopal with tomatillo, quarter the tomatillo with papery skin and add to the pot.cook for 10-15 min, pour into colander and repeat...It worked... No Baba.....
Rincon de Guayabitos,Nayarit
San Mateo, California

(This post was edited by chicois8 on Apr 19, 2016, 9:20 AM)
 
 
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