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Nopales, Cleaning
By Chef Ida Rodriguez

To clean Nopales it is best to wear gloves to protect hands from tiny spines.

cactus leaf nopalesTrim off the edge that outlines the paddle.

cactus leaf nopalesScrape off the tiny spines from both sides.

Rinse thoroughly to remove any stray spines and some of the sticky fluid that will be exuded.

cactus leaf nopalesNopales may be cleaned a day or two ahead; just cover and refrigerate.