Dried plums make a healthy snack, and they are easy to preserve for months, if not years on end. Drying plums can be a fun and easy activity to do at home, so follow our tips and tricks for the best results!
To start drying, you should gather fresh plums to get a high-quality product at the end. Next, prepare them by washing and cutting them into segments of your choice. Finally, you can dehydrate the plums using a dehydrator, oven, air fryer, or microwave!
Here are a few tips to help you choose quality plums while avoiding plums that are not ready for use.
Tip #1: Look for ripe plums for dehydrating. You can inspect them by picking one up in your hand and trying to get a feel for its weight. A ripe plum will feel quite heavy for its size.
Tip #2: Ensure that the plums are smooth and free of wrinkles, bruises, and other significant marks.
Tip #3: A ripe plum will give a little when you press it lightly. If it feels too soft, the plum is too ripe and will be challenging to cut.
Italian plums are ideal for drying, especially for their sweet taste. Damson plums are also an excellent choice for dehydrating a sweet-sour product. However, you can dry any variety of plums. After all, you will still end up with a delicious product.
The yield of dried plums varies according to their size, but 4 pounds of fresh plums will give you about a quart of dehydrated plums. To prepare the plums for drying, rinse them in water and gently scrub them with your fingers. Be careful not to pierce the skin of the plums. Once cleaned, dry the plums by draining the water and patting them dry with a paper towel. Next, cut each plum in half by slicing it around the pit with a paring knife. You can then cut your half-sliced plums into smaller sizes of your preference. Try to cut all the plums about the same size to dry them evenly.
To dry your plums, you will need dehydrating equipment. Food dehydrators designed to dry food at low temperatures over a long time yield the best results. However, it does not mean that you cannot dehydrate plums without one. From ovens to microwaves, drying is possible with various equipment with the proper temperature and technique.
To store your dried plums, you will need container jars. While you can use Ziplock bags, there is a risk of crushing the fruit if they stack on top of one another. We recommend using transparent glass containers to store the dehydrated plums for two reasons. First, glass is a good conductor of heat, so it will help distribute any residual heat throughout the jars. Second, you can quickly notice condensation through the transparent glass, which means the plums have not dried enough. For the recipe below, you will need 2-3 pint-sized jars.
Now that you have all the preparations done, you are ready to start dehydrating!
It is best to use an air fryer for drying if you have an air fryer oven that comes with a dehydrator setting.
To store your dehydrated plums, you need to condition them. Add the dried plum to your glass jars only after cooling them to room temperature. Fill your jars so that they are ⅔ full and close their lids.
For the first week, gently shake the jars a few times throughout the day to spread the residual heat and moisture. If you notice any condensation form, your plums will need additional drying time.
If everything looks good by the end of the week, you can completely fill the jars and label them before moving them for long-term storage in the pantry.
Rehydrating the plums is simple and takes a few minutes. Remove the plums you want to rehydrate in a bowl and cover them with boiling water. Cover the bowl and let the dehydrated plums steep for 10-15 minutes.
You can then discard the water, and you should have soft, plump plums ready to be used! You can also substitute the water with juice or liquor for an added kick of flavor.
Dried plums have an excellent sweet-tart taste with a chewy texture, making them a delicious and healthy snack. You can use your home dehydrated plums in all the recipes that call for prunes. Rehydrate the plums in water or juice and use them in cakes, smoothies, and lots more!
Dried prunes will easily last in your pantry for 6-12 months. Remember to check on your dried products periodically to assess their quality.
Dried plums contain many vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, making them very healthy!
While you can dry plums whole, they will take a long time to dry fully. You will also have to remove the pit from the dried plums, which is much trickier than when they are fresh. If you are drying the plums whole, be sure to make a few slits in the skin, allowing the heat to penetrate the fruit for even drying.
Prunes are the same as dehydrated plums, and dried plums and prunes are two terms that are often used interchangeably.
Dried plums are an excellent way to preserve and introduce variety to your everyday diet. With their many health benefits, dehydrated plums make a fantastic snack to have around. If you want to dry even more kinds of fruit, you will enjoy all the tips and tricks in our ultimate drying guide!
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