Anyone ever shave a cactus, edible (or inedible)?

Has anyone done this to make it safer? My friend is always ending up with thorns in her skin, so I wondered if I could use an electric razor on it to help protect her. Thanks.
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You need to remove the little bump that the thorn protrudes from as well. You might try a vegetable peeler, and gloves.
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Most cattle ranchers use blow torches.
Seriously.
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Good how-to info and pics from Rolly's site: he usually hangs out in Alt.Food.Mexican.Cooking but maybe taking the summer off: http://rollybrook.com/nopales.htm
We don't do cacti well up here in Western WA State so I buy them in a jar and bonus by saving the hassle of the little no-see-em thorns. Here is a link if you don't have them in your stores. http://www.mexgrocer.com/1154.html
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Thanks to all who responded. However, I meant "How to take thorns off an _ornamental_ cactus." Thanks again.
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Seriously, you could try a small torch and apply it carefully...
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wrote:

On the ranch in AZ we routinely used to prickley pear for the cattle. Fire did not seem to harm the cactus.
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I'd heard of that here in Texas too. That's why I mentioned it. :-)
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