Dried plums are a nutrient dense, tasty, healthful snack that can also be used as a cooking or baking ingredient. Dried plums provide potassium, soluble and insoluble fiber, phytonutrients, or phytochemicals, which function as antioxidants, and some iron and Vitamin A. Due to their soluble and insoluble fiber, dried plums can help promote good digestive health.
Making dried plums is easy with a food dehydrator. The steps to make dried plums are similar to that of other dried fruit. Follow these steps to make dried plums:
- Preparation: Cut the plums lengthwise into pieces about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Use toothpicks to pierce the plum’s skin several times. This will aid in the drying process.
- Drying: Place the plums skin side down on the drying trays. Parchment paper or non-stick drying sheets
can be used to line the dehydrator’s trays. Dry the plums for up to 18 to 20 hours or until the plums feel dry and leathery.
Published 1/24/2010 12:00:00 AM