What to do with plums?

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What to do with plums?

Post: #205554 zaxdog
Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:49 pm

Hi, we have just moved to a new property and there are two heavily laden plum trees. Would welcome and tips on how to preserve them? Thanks :grouphug:

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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205556 pelmetman
Sun Aug 15, 2010 7:53 pm

We usually just freeze them, but remember to remove the stone first else this taints the flavour.

If we have time often make some plum jam too.

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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205559 Milims
Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:21 pm

Jam - then you can have plums all year round. Dowerhouse Chutney is really lovely
http://www.cookitsimply.com/recipe-0010-06s292.html - also makes use of the apples in season at the same time.
Then there's always crumble!
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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205567 frozenthunderbolt
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:12 am

plum cobbler/upside down cake is great. 1/2 them take out the stone and dry the blighters-lovely and tangy. then there is always plumb wine.
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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205571 Millymollymandy
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:17 am

Jam and chutney.

I've tried freezing them lightly stewed but they turn into prunes as soon as the air starts to touch them and it doesn't survive the freezing process and is completely disgusting :profileright: I don't know why this happens to plums (and cherries :roll: ) but black greengages isn't my cup of tea! :lol:

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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205577 pelmetman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:29 am

Hi MMM

I don't bother stewing them first. I literally just take out stones, split them in half and pop them into freezer bags. Have never had any problems.

We have a very old Victoria Plum tree that still produces very well for us every year.

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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #205592 Millymollymandy
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:16 am

Are they purple plums though? Cos greengages start getting a dark colour as soon as you cut into them, just like light coloured cherries and apples. Our greengages blackened as soon as air touched them and they had this aroma of prune. Now I like prunes but this was absolutely disgusting!
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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #226020 elfcurry
Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:30 pm

What to do with them?

Plum Wine! :drunken:

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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #226112 greenorelse
Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:18 pm

When we had a glut of plums, I took the stones out of a batch them, mashed them and made them into ice cubes.

Over the next few weeks/months I made smoothies occasionally, throwing in three or four of these ice cubes to keep the mixture cool. Liquidising fruit (well, anything really) raises its temperature.

They wouldn't keep a long time without any further processing of course (all they got was a rinse under the cold tap) but nonetheless, the season was 'extended'.
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Re: What to do with plums?

Post: #231836 cocobelle
Thu May 12, 2011 9:38 pm

You're so lucky, I love plums but i've not had a ripe lovely, sweet plum in so many years. I never buy them because they're so disappointing but I know there are good ones out there. If I were you I would just eat them ripe. But plum jam is also very good.
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