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2 ways to remove the slime from nopales

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Many people avoid eating nopales because when cooked they give off a slime that is unpleasant for them. However, there are easy tricks that help you avoid this problem and thus be able to nourish yourself with this food rich in water and minerals.
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2 portions
  • 1 1/2 cups nopal, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt, to deflam
  • enough Water, warm, to boil
  • 1 1/2 cups nopal, cut into strips, to boil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda, to boil


Defleam is the technique to remove the drool from nopales without cooking or roasting them. To defleam, just place the nopales cut into strips in a deep container (it can also be cubed), add two tablespoons of grain salt (apparently a large amount of salt can be seen, but it is correct), mix and let it rest for 30 minutes. Mix at least once during this time. You will notice how a liquid begins to come off, it is the slime that we want to get rid of. Once the time has passed, drain and rinse the nopales under the stream of cold water, you will have to be patient because a lot of slime will come out; remove all excess salt. This way of deflamming the nopales is ideal for when you want to make salads, just remember that the nopal already has salt and although it will not taste salty, it is important to moderate yourself when mixing with other ingredients.
To deflam boiled nopales, place the nopales in a pot with enough warm water, add the bicarbonate and mix; cook over low heat until the water begins to have a medium bubble. It is very important that during this step you do not stop mixing the nopales, otherwise the bicarbonate will react very quickly and could cause the liquid to come out of the pot, once the medium bubble begins, cook for 2 minutes and remove from the heat , drain and rinse under running cold water until excess slime is removed. This way of removing the drool from nopales is ideal for stews or garnishes. You will love the color that results from cooking them with baking soda!


Prepare salads, stews or side dishes with these cooking tricks.


How to know if the nopal is ready when it is deflected? Its color will intensify into a very bright shade, but be careful! Do not leave the nopal in the salt for a long time, as it will lose all the water and will begin to oxidize.

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