What: dried prunes
Main ingredients and where I got them: I got a small box of ‘Brooks’ Italian prunes from my mother in law. They are without a doubt the largest prunes I’ve ever seen, each one as big as a duck egg. Henry got the tree five or six years ago from a little backyard nursery via One Green World and gave it to his mom as a present. It’s been producing like crazy for the last couple summers.
How much: I dried the whole 10ish pounds that I had in this first round, and it yielded about half of a gallon Ziplock bag. I have some other friends with prune trees, so I plan on doing quite a few more soon.
Recipe: This isn’t much of a recipe because all I did was cut the prunes in half and throw them face up in the dehydrator at 135° for maybe 30 hours. In the end, they’re still pliable not crispy, so I plan on storing what we won’t eat right away in the freezer to prevent the remaining moisture from causing them to mold.
Levi has to bring snack to school every day this year, and these dried prunes are a nice healthy treat that he loves. Like I’ve said before, there is almost no limit to the amount of dried fruit my family can consume over a winter.
I’ve still been working on food preservation activities almost every day, but I got a little sidetracked on the blogging because…er…I had to finish obsessively reading the final three Harry Potter books. I may be 10 years late on the trend, but I definitely got sucked in. Now that I got through the last one (which I read over the course of 28 hours), I’m going to be catching up here on the blog again before starting in on any new young adult fiction. I’m thinking I might have to try the Wildwood Chronicles next.
This is part of a collection of posts documenting my food preservation activities this summer/fall (more info here). Please feel free to comment with a link to food preservation activities on your own blogs or links to recipes you’re following or you’d like to try from other blogs.