PP Juice Vintage 2006

Submitted: Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:16
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We have today made a new batch of Prickly Pear Juice.

It is an itchy business lol

I managed to pick about 80 fruits(very carefully). This took about 1.5 hours. Then getting the inner soft stuff out of the fruit was another 3 hours. At first I was sitting downwind at my worktable but the wind sprang up and blew some of those extremely fine prickly hairs on to my skin. Lesson learned...LOL Clothes had to be washed and a shower taken after the event.

We boiled the pulp for an hour adding secret ingredients and then strained 15 cups of the pulp to make 3.5 litres of PP Juice.

So for those of you who are dropping in this year, PP Juice over Icecream will be an order for the day :o)

They have been poisoning this feral weed in our district and I had to drive around for hours to find healthy plants. No doubt it will become more difficult to find them in the future.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:32

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:32
PP juice... Got to say i was concerned when I read the topic...

love the fruit, love to try the juice... Any way of prying the secret ingredients out of you...???
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:36

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:36
I am sure the missus won't object to giving you the recipe.

Just email me through my website below
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:36

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:36
Can't wait Willie :))
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:49

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:49
I will make sure that there is some left when you come by...LOL
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Reply By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:42

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:42
Fantastic stuff on icecream.
Jen. found that it had quite aphrodisiac qualities
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:45

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 18:45
Hmmmmm Andrew

Thats new to me .....LOL
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Follow Up By: Big Kidz (Andrew & Jen) - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:26

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:26
...anyway ....Is it still $230 per litre.

I will have two litres for my birthday.... sorry...for her birthday.

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:44

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:44
Yes

and

Hahahahahahaha
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:47

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:47
some are just too old for any thing to work
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:50

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 19:50
Richard

I take it you are the second guy....LOL

Sorry to hear about your problems
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:47

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:47
no no no not me willem
but I have been thinking of when it will be for me......i'm reckoning (at what I'm doing right at this time ) will give and get me to around 95yrs of age......not so early in life like it is for you
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Follow Up By: Member No 1- Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:48

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 21:48
maybe even a 100
lol lol lol
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:24

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 22:24
Hey Andrew, I saw it from a train window the other day heading in on the Warrnambool train so there is plenty for Willie, you and Jen too. Really near to central Melbourne it was. You can do your own.

I think Willie will have to be making something of the Patersons Curse or salvation Jane flowers in South Aussie if they spray out the Prickly Pear....
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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 20:35

Friday, Feb 17, 2006 at 20:35
Oooooh yum! Say, Andrew, didn't Jen eat PP Juice on Ice Cream here in this Park? Wasn't that the night nothing even vaguely like an aprhodisiac worked - wasn't that the bucket night? Hahahahahahahahahahah - still laughing.
Willem - and I quote 'This will be the last PP ever - I will never do this again', end quote.
Thank goodness for Judith.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:27

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:27
Did I say that??

Must be Old Timers...anyway it was my idea again!

And I am still itching. Jude only did the cooking bit( the most important of course).

Spent the rest of the day cutting up peaches. This is what happens to you in the OFF season....lol
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 00:27

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 00:27
But when are you going to be home? Aren't you ready to be packing the vehicle and trailer and head off north west again soon?

Cheers (and envious)

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:29

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:29
Just about.

ETD is 22 April for first adventure of the year into the Never Never.

Saving up to buy fuel...LOL

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:57

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:57
I hear you LOL...it is sad that now half the budget is for fuel...lol
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Reply By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:52

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 09:52
You know we are all latent engineers & tinkers (except Wolfie, he gets paid for it), and I am sure we all have designed the perfect trailer in our heads many times

So, wot is that thing behind the big Niss in yore rig pic?

C'mon, give us the guts of it.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:06

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 10:06
7x4 Modern Trailer(unbraked) with spring over and 265x75x16 wheels. Matching Nissan wheel studs all round. Tonneau cover and rock bounce protection on front (loose plastic sheets). Treg coupling and HD Jockey wheel

False floor set-up manufactured from 16mm MDF and steel angle brackets.

Top:
Carries Oztent, Oztent Screen Tent, Coleman Toilet Tent,
2x self inflating mattresses, 2x sleeping bags, 2x pillows, 2x small gasbottles plus toolbox for bits.

Bottom.
Carries 12 jerrycans of diesel (lying flat) and small hydraulic jack.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:06

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:06
Willem - are you going on a 'girlie' trip this time? From the list of contents I asume you must be. Then again, if Judith is going with you that's a different story - I didn't notice table, tablecloth, vase and flowers and candelabra.
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:08

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 12:08
Hello Rick, whatcha bin up ta? Been doing any good research?
Laughed about the trailer - after looking at them for 10 years Ian finally built one last summer - guess what - it's way from perfect, not bad, but still not right.
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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:02

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 14:02
G'day Ruth

What have I been up to? - hiding from the Ozzie summer. Been watching dust storm pics & temps in your country - bloody hell!

How's the new abode????

In April, off on a trip up the Cooper through the RAMSAR- Kanowana - Coongie wetllands (hope against hope there IS water there), and back down through Innamincka & the eatern Flinders.
Probably be tracing a bit of McKinlay's route (just re-reading the 'Big John' book); also doing some confirmation work for John Deckert's Westprint maps of that region. Station travel in large part - restricetd access - yippee - away from the known tracks/terrorist drives.

C Ya
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Follow Up By: Willem - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 17:33

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 17:33
Yes Ruth

No Judith is staying home for the first trip

This being a girlie trip, the softer the better

I can't hack all the hard camping like you young shiela's can. I don't want to wake up in the morning drenched in dew or ice any longer.

All the other stuff including the porta p, chairs, table, tablecloth and candelabera reside inside the wagon.

Hey Rick

Happy with the guts of it...or were you expecting more...lol

Cheers

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Follow Up By: Rick (S.A.) - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:17

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:17
Willie - In my book you can't beat the KISS principle.

But I did wonder if your fertile imagination had something ingenoeus as part of the trailer.

have fun

RM
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Follow Up By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:49

Saturday, Feb 18, 2006 at 18:49
Rick, can't blame you for hiding from the summer - we have been also. Had another dust storm this afternoon and it came in from the east this time. Wasn't very long and then some raining drops. Dropped the temperature from 52 on our verandah to 38 in about ten minutes. "Roseberth" rang and they had 3 mm but no dust - odd. Still thunder and lightning to the east and north. Eyre Creek is rising and lapping the bridge into Bedourie and got to the Cuttaburra (100 klm north of here) last night as everyone coming home from the CEO's farewell in Bedourie - just lapping the causeway but spreading out. Also Dimanatina is 1.95 and rising at Diamantina Lakes.
Haven't been to the "new" home this summer been here all the time - but the house will be there before October this year. Yes!
Wish I was going on your trip - love those private roads. You should be busy then,as usual.
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