Monday, September 5, 2016

Drying Plums at Home

I just love things that are silly easy! Drying fruit at home is one of those things.

You scrub your fruit right up - I don't do it any differently than I do when I plan to just eat the fruit, but I make sure that I have washed them well since we'll be eating the skins and all. 

These plums were very large ones, so after cutting them in half and removing the stone, I sliced each half in thirds - so that the slices would have a shorter drying time. 

It was more important to me to have a shorter drying time than to have a large piece of dried fruit.

Place them on your food dehydrator trays with the cut-side up to prevent drips on the lower trays!

Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).

If you are doing them in the oven, line a baking sheet with edges with foil or parchment paper - baked on sticky juices can be a pain to clean up.

Turn your oven to the very lowest temperature. (for most this is around 160-175 degrees) You'll want to dry them for between 8-10 hours depending on the size and thickness of your fruit.

Plums Are Ready:

Drying time: between 12-30 hours and they will be leathery in consistency when dried. 

If you want to dry your prunes in halves instead of slices, cut your fruit, remove the stone and then pop the fruit inside out. 

"pop the back" simply means to turn the fruit inside out after slicing in half, best done by using your thumb to push the skin side inwards.