How to Make Prunes in a Dehydrator


A basket of plums harvested from a plum tree can entice you with their sweet and juicy taste. Preserve plums for extended enjoyment by drying them. Dried plums become tasty prunes, soft and leathery but still full of flavor. Make prunes in a dehydrator with a basic process that does not require extensive time or effort. When you finish making the prunes, they will be ready to store at room temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Stockpot
  • Large bowl
  • Colander
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Paper towels
  • Sealed container or plastic bags
  • Fill the stockpot about two-thirds full of water and boil the water. Fill the large bowl with ice water.

  • Place the plums in the colander and wash them under cool water.

  • Place the whole plums into the boiling water and boil them for two minutes.

  • Remove the plums from the boiling water and transfer them to the ice water immediately.

  • Remove the plums from the ice water after two minutes.

  • Peel the plums with your hands -- the peels should separate from the flesh easily.

  • Cut the plums in half and remove the pits.

  • Place a double layer of paper towels on the counter and transfer the peeled and pitted plums onto the paper towels. Blot the plums dry with additional paper towels.

  • Transfer the plums to the dehydrator racks, spacing them out so they do not touch.

  • Turn the dehydrator on. Leave the plums drying in the dehydrator for about 24 hours.

  • Check the plums after 24 hours of drying. If they appear pliable, soft and leathery, they are finished drying. Tear a prune in half to see the inside. If it appears dry, the prunes are finished. Continue drying the fruit for up to 12 more hours if you still see or feel moisture.

  • Remove the prunes from the dehydrator and cool them on trays.

  • Transfer the prunes to a sealed container or plastic bag and store them at room temperature for up to one year.

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