DEHYDRATED PLUMS


All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes. Choose firm, ripe plums for dehydrating – they can be dried as quarters, slices or chunks. After taking the time to dry, they become deliciously chewy with a rich plum flavour, making them perfect for snacks. Yum! 
   
Ingredients for DEHYDRATED PLUMS

Yield: around 160g
Plums
900g
Lemon Juice
1 cup
Water
4 cups
    
METHOD:
1. Before you begin: disconnect the dehydrator from the power point. Clean dehydrator racks, base and fruit roll trays in warm, mild soapy water. Rinse and dry each part thoroughly. Wipe lid and frames with a damp, soft sponge with a mild detergent. Do not use steel wool, scouring pads or abrasive cleaners. Do not place any parts in a dishwasher. Always follow the dehydrator manual instructions. Ensure the dehydrator is unplugged before reassembling. Ensure hands, utensils and food preparation areas are clean before preparing food.
2. Wash plums.
3. Peel (optional).
4. Halve and remove pits.
5. Slice plums 5mm thick (a mandolin is helpful to create even slices, or cut them all thicker if desired).
6. For light-fleshed plums: combine lemon juice and water in a bowl. Soak sliced light-fleshed plums in lemon water for 3-4 minutes to reduce oxidation. Drain and pat dry.
7. Place sliced plums onto dehydrator trays, skin side down where applicable, leaving a little space around each piece to allow air circulation.
8. Place dehydrator trays onto the base (or into the dehydrator frame), alternating the directions with each tier for round models and ensuring all racks/shelves are securely positioned.
9. Place the lid on the top drying rack (or close the door for square-shaped units).
10. Plug the power cord into a power outlet and set the dehydrator temperature to 55°C (130°F) and timer to 4-8 hours (depending on the fruit thickness and dehydrator model, this time may vary).
11. Rotate racks on round dehydrators every 3-4 hours to ensure all racks dry evenly.
12. Cool dehydrated plums before placing into storage containers or bags.
13. Test plums have dried properly by cutting a piece open. There should be no moisture visible inside. Plums may be pliable, crack or flake, depending on the thickness and time dehydrated.
14. Store dehydrated plums in an airtight jar, container or vacuum sealer bag in the pantry, refrigerator or freezer, at a temperature of 5-20°C (40-70°F). Check for moisture forming on the container during the first week after drying – if moisture appears, food has not been dried for a long enough period and needs to be dehydrated further (or frozen). Dried food can also be covered in plastic wrap (or vacuum sealed) and stored in a freezer safe container.
15. Enjoy dehydrated plums dry or rehydrate by soaking in water (or adding to dishes during cooking).
   
SERVING IDEAS:
o   Bacon and dried plum sausage rolls
o   Baked apples with dried plums, cinnamon and ginger
o   Beef and dried plum empanadas
o   Braised chicken or pork with dried plums
o   Coffee soaked dried plums (rehydrated)
o   Dried plum and almond scones
o   Dried plum and chocolate torte
o   Dried plum gingerbread
o   Lamb stew with dried plums
o   Oat and chia porridge with dried plums
o   Sautéed cabbage with dried plums
o   Shredded pork with dried plums (serve on mashed potatoes)
o   Stuffed chicken or pork 
     
 

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