]We have a plum tree in our yard that is around 10 years old. I can’t say exactly because I don’t remember when I planted it and obviously I didn’t record the date of the planting although now that it’s too late to do anything about it, I wish I would have recorded lot of things of that nature; when the driveway was paved, the carrport was added, the peach trees planted, you get the idea.
Yesterday, the microwave died and when I pulled it out of its cabinet, I noticed that someone had taken a permanent marker and recorded ‘October 27, 2007’ on the back. I’m assuming that when we installed it but it could be anything, I suppose.
Anyway, back to the plum tree. This year we have had a bumper crop with so many plums that the branches are sagging clear to the ground. This is not the first year for plums, though. Normally the birds will take care of them and what they didn’t get, a fungus will grab them just about the time they ripen.
This year, I decided that because there are so many, I would not let them all go to waste and instead, would do something with them. But what do you do with plums besides make prunes out of them?
I gave a bucket full of the things to two of my resourceful sisters-in-law, the beautiful Ginny and the beautiful Ruth. They came up with the idea to dry them in their dehydrator, coming up with a product that the little nephews and neices scarfed up.
I decided to try the same thing. I gathered up a gallon bucket of plums that had not been attacked by birds, worms or the fungus and set to work.
I really had no idea what I was doing. The first thing I learned was that plums are very reluctant to give up their seeds. Separating the meat from the seed was impossible. I finally devised a system in which I managed to cut the seeds out of the heart of the plum without cutting one or more of my fingers off.
You know, as I worked, I wondered if my ancestors dried plums. I expect they did although the sun would probably have had to serve as the dehydrator. It gave me some sense of contentment to think that I was doing something that my mom and my grandparents also did even thugh I’m sure they dried things more out of necessity that amusement.
I finally filled six trays of plum pieces and put them in the dehydrator.
I have no idea how they will turn out because I did not wait until they were ripe to dry them. But I plan on taking them out in the morning and I’ll let you know how they turn out.