About 3 years ago MIL bought me some red plums from her sister's tree, I had no idea what to do with them, so I dried them, well it took a few days and there wasn't much left in the terms of flesh left when they were done. And we couldn't even chew them after they were dry, they were so tough, but weren't that hard when I finished drying them.
Plums make excellent chutney and also are delicious bottled (canned) and you can then add spices or other flavour if you want such as vanilla or coriander or orange peel all of which work well. Also, when I got a glut of plums I juiced them and froze the result. It was good mixed with orange or apple juice. Good luck.
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Thanks for the responses. I did google plum/prunes, just found a lot of "how to" dry plums into prunes, not really anything on what varieties to use.
I didn't think about the angle of figuring out what I was going to do with them before I started drying them! I just figured I wanted to get them preserved first before they go bad!
I actually really like prunes out of the bag, so that's fine. I did take the pits out before putting them in the dehydrator but I've got a bag left. I think I will try some jam-never had plum jam, so we'll see how that goes, too. I also like them in cakes and muffins, a nice bran muffin is so much better with some chopped up prunes-and so good for your daily fiber!
I would decide how you are going to use them, later, first. Find recipes etc. Muffins are one . . . what else? Also find recipes for re-hydrating.
Then can or dry or make jam that will work with the recipe(s). Begin with the end in mind . . .
If you don't eat jam for example, then I wouldn't make jam. Some people make trail mix and homemade granola . . . if you are one of those people, they would be good dried. If you plan to eat them out-of-hand, i.e. snacks and breakfast, they would be good dried.
I've never heard of a plum that couldn't be dried . . .
Hi, I did Google, my choice would be to dry the plums in th oven since you have so many. Funny, when I think back I remember my Grandma (we lived together) used to dry apples and green beans, maybe other things too I don't seem t remember but those two things. She had a special little sack, like an old time flour sack and she air dried, hung it on the clothes line on warm, windy days, no fancy machine for her, she lived to be 99 years old. Missnuggy
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A co-worker brought in a bucket of plums from her tree today. I know there are too many to eat fresh, so I am thinking of putting some in my dehydrator to make prunes out of them. Can you dehydrate any old plum into a prune or are there certain varieties that you can do that with? I think I'm going to do a few anyway just to see how it goes and I'll put some into some muffins, but I thought I'd ask the question here to see if anyone knows about plums/prunes! Thanks!
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