How to Make Prunes
The best way in the modern world to make your own prunes is with a dehydrator. Ovens can also be used.
2. Wash your plums, slice them in half and pit them - flip them inside out by placing your thumb in the back of the half of plum on the outside and pushing gently, making the plum half invert. The plums outer skin should be the prunes inner skin. Ripe prunes work best for this chore.
3. Load your plums onto dehydrator trays, or baking sheets. leave a small separation between the plums - do not allow them to touch or overlap, 130 - 140 degrees F is best for most dehydrators. If using an oven subtract about 5 degrees.
Check them every 4 - 5 hours. You may need to re-position them periodically as some may stick to the mesh or sheets. Try not to turn them over just re-position them.
Your total drying time should be 18 - 25 hours. It can be done quicker using a higher setting but I feel the results are not as good. Some people make prunes from plums in about 10 hours. Why bother, in my opinion, when I can buy low quality prunes at the supermarket.
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