Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Plum Fruit Leather










Plum jam?  Check.  Made two batches.
Plum sauce, to use on chicken or ribs?  Check.  Made the delicious recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
And still . . . a tree full of plums.
 Seriously.
So today's project?  Plum fruit leather.  You just pit the little suckers, pop 'em in a saucepan with a bit of sugar (about 2 T. per each cup of plums), smash them up a bit with a potato masher, and cook over medium heat until mixture is just about boiling.  Then, in batches, puree in a blender until mixture is smooth.  If you want, at this point you can put the pulp through a fine wire strainer for extra smoothness.
Now tape plastic wrap onto a cookie sheet and pour the puree onto the wrap -- it should be about 1/4-inch thick.
Cover plum puree with cheesecloth, clipping it tight with clothespins, and set outside in the sun.  I'll bring this in tonight so the critters don't get it, and set it out again tomorrow.  According to the Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes II, where I got this recipe, it should take 20 to 24 hours to dry.

"When fruit is firm to touch, try peeling fruit sheet off plastic (fruit is sufficiently dry when whole sheet can be pulled off plastic with no puree adhering . . .)"  Sunset also says that after you roll them up and seal them in plastic, you can refrigerate for four months or freeze for up to a year.

Can't wait. 
If this turns out to be wonderful, I know what I'll be doing for the next few days.

Anyone else inundated with summertime fruit?  What are you making?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Regina Melo-Jocknevich said...

Hi Lynn, thanks for the visit & comment. You should indeed try that juice (pineapple & mint) it's so refreshing! Perfect for these hot summer days.

It's so incredible to see your fruit trees, I have four, 2 apple & 2 peach trees, but most of the time I don't enjoy the fruits, the squirrels, dears and birds get to them first :(

I've never tried to make a fruit leather, it might be awesome!

June 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hi Regina,
Yes,we fight with the birds and squirrels and deer, too :) We put nets over our peach trees and that seems to have done the trick this year. The squirrels are getting plenty of the plums but, fortunately, are leaving plenty for us, too. It's an ongoing battle against the critters, isn't it?

June 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM  
Anonymous Ilya said...

Oh, that should be yummy. Good way to use the fruit.

July 14, 2016 at 9:59 AM  

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