Loved by many prunes - this is nothing like dried plum. Consequently, each hostess can cook this tasty and healthy dried fruit on her own, and after pampering the household with dishes and sweets using dried cream.
You decided to dry the plum, but do not know how to do it? Then we advise you to finish reading this post until the end, because today we will give you some valuable recommendations on drying plums at home.
What plums to choose for drying
Only ripe fruits are suitable for drying. Each cream should be free from the stem and leaves, well washed and dried. Large fruits should be divided in half and pits should be removed from them, small cream can be dried completely.
There are several options for obtaining prunes at home. We will talk about each of them in detail.
Drying plums in the oven
Before sending the plum to dry in the oven, we advise you to “bathe” it for 30 seconds in a boiling solution of baking soda (15 grams of soda should be put into each liter of water). After that, rinse the cream thoroughly in cold water, let it dry. Then put the fruit on a baking sheet, covered with parchment for baking, while cutting the fruit you need to put cut up, and send for 3-4 hours in an oven, preheated to 50 degrees. After the temperature must be raised to 80 degrees. In order to get a quality product in the process of drying the plum, you should take breaks for 4-5 hours a couple of times and cool the fruits. To prunes become brilliant, before the end of the drying, we recommend holding the plum at a temperature above 100 degrees. In general, the process of cooking prunes takes about 12 hours.
Drying plums in an electric dryer
Before drying the plums in an electric drier, the fruit must be blanched in the manner described above. After that, the plums are laid out on electric drier trays in one row and sent to dry at 50 degrees for about 3, 5 hours, not forgetting to change the trays in places once an hour (this will provide the best result). Before subjecting the drain to the second stage of drying, it should be cooled, and then dried for 3-6 hours at a temperature of 60-65 degrees. And finally, the third stage of drying, which also follows after cooling the plum, lasts 3-6 hours at a temperature of 70 degrees.
Drying plums in the microwave
Drying plums in the microwave is considered the fastest, but it requires increased vigilance, because it can not just dry the fruit, but turn it into coals. Therefore, if you decide to dry the sink in a microwave, remember that the optimum for drying is considered to be a power equal to 250-300 watts.
Put the plum prepared for drying on a plate and send it in the microwave for just a couple of minutes. Then you need to set the timer for a minimum time - 10-20 seconds and constantly monitor that the drain does not burn. Remember: ready-made prunes have an elastic and soft appearance, do not release juice when pressed. Prunes should be stored in a paper or rag bag in a cool dry place.