Hold them with metal tongs over a gas stove, or the coals of a fire…
Their are very few truly thornless varietys.
It’s not the big thorns.,that worry me .its the tiny ones that you can hardly see that that will stay In you for days.
Years ago ,…my roommate came home drunk, fell on a 3’ tall prickly pear of mine… When he stood up he had those pads stuck all over him.
Took several people ,several days to get "most "of the thorns out of him.
He likely still has some ?
Sorry if this is off topic ,a pic from Oaxaca those columns are so close together a cat could not get between them, and prickly pear behind ,just had to share .
At okios the year are sold out.
Interesting var. are …
Ecos cactus -20F
Plains prickly pear -30F
Anybody have these ?