|Damson Plum Tree|
All because of the mountains of plums that had been dropping from the trees feeding the birds.
Every year just when I've exhausted myself with Christmas festivities our super dooper plum tree droops with plums providing enough for us and all our neighbours and friends and friends of friends and every bird from near and far. I make jams and crumbles and still find plums squishing beneath my feet when I venture to the tree.
But this year I had a brainwave... I would dry them into prunes. They would be easy to store and easy to give away and I really like dried fruit.
So once I'd bought the gadget I set to work making jam and dehydrating. Jam-making takes a long time but that's nothing compared to dehydrating. And Monkey Man was not too impressed when he considered the energy use and restricted my dehydrating to the off-peak weekends.
Anyway, by the end of the night the plums had dried themselves into wrinkly shapes and I thought surely they were now prunes. So I popped them into a couple of big glass jars and went to bed. But in the morning I tasted one of those plum-prunes and it was so sour it made my eye twitch. So I tasted a few more just to make sure but they were all so tart my eye went into a spasm.
Turns out we have a damson plum tree. Great for jams and cooking. Not suitable for drying and prune making. Hmmm maybe I should have researched the plum tree instead of researching dehydrators.
Fortunately, I did get all inspired once I started considering what could be done in a dehydrator and started a dehydrating pinterest board with dreams of crackers and veggie chips. All to be done on one whopping slow cook off on a weekend of course.
Does anyone out there use a dehydrator? What do you make? Any tips for me?