Makes roughly 4 quarts
I first pickled prickly pear pads on a date. Even though the experience was more about getting to know the guy who pickled them with me, I did manage to learn a valuable thing: prickly pear pads are better left whole, or in large pieces, than sliced. Sliced pieces of the pads certainly work (and you will find sliced pads pickled and sold commercially), but the whole pads retain their texture better and release less “slime” or mucilaginous sap into the brine.
For 1 Batch(es)
Special equipment: 4 sterilized quart-size jars with lids and bands
Water bath canner or lidded pot large enough to hold 4 quart-size jars covered by at least an inch of water