Dehydrating Plums to make Prunes




This $149 dehydrator from McClindons hardware worked well.

I ended up with 3 loosley packed quart jars of prunes. 

I'll let you know how they last on the shelf and how they taste in breakfast and how well they make prune syrup.


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With a little help from my new Foodsaver, i have two batches of vacuum packed prunes. 

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Simple method, dry them in the oven.




... a tray going into my oven at warm ... gotta watch them like a hawk ...

this experiment was inspired by this youtube and yielded 1 loosley packed quart




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I tried to dry them in the sun. 
three trays now drying in the afternoon sun

This did not work.  The gnats swarmed under the surranwrap and the plums started to grow fungs.

A practical solar dehydrator will take quite a bit more knowledge and construction work.

visual leads for a solar dehydrator.

Tags

  1. solar dehydrator
  2. prunes
  3. dehydrating
  4. plums
  5. item 18730
  6. food
  7. russell farm

Comments


Seth says
LimitMan 2015-10-03 09:35:11 18731
LimitMan 2015-10-03 09:25:53 18731
seth 2015-10-03 08:50:36 18731
one of the sealed bags prunes was found this morning inflated.  the prunes tasted rather strong, but not fermented ... nevertheless they must have emitted that gas.
inside or outside the human?
Gas is a sign of decay.

I wish i had photographs the sealed package ... it was blown up like a balloon ... surprised the shit out of me

Yes they were on the way to becoming prune wine ... the taste is phenomenal!  I took another batch that had aged a bit just in a jar to the CoOp meeting and people seemed to like the extra zing. 

This was not intentional, perhaps i didn't dehydrate them enough to maintain stability.  This result makes me want to pursue plum wine more seriously.  I do prefer a strong taste to my prunes, i don't like a wimpy wash out.  

thing is, if you rehydrate prunes and leave them too long, they end up with an unpleasant fermented taste ... but this is not that taste.   there is a fine balance here that will need to be found.  Now i am kind of wondering if the aerobic decay makes the better taste ... much more experimenting needs to ensue.

the prunes you get in the store probably have some kind of preservative in them to prevent the process ... here i am dealing with ripe plums direct from a tree.

Seth says
LimitMan 2015-10-03 10:18:09 18731
reminds me of a song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFwiH4Bkdhs only brown.

... but i doubt that the alcohol content of these is anywhere near enough for forgetting. 

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