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DavidW



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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 8:01 pm    Post subject: freeze plums Reply with quote
    

Is it possible to freeze plums; I have just picked a load and want to make a wine later on in the year

Thanks
David

cab



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Can I reccomend that you might find it worth weighing them into wine sized batches before freezing? Ought to be fine for wine making, but it'll be messy defrosting them so weighing out now would allow you to tip the plums straight into a straining bag to start the brew.

Guest






PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 05 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

They freeze successfully by the open freezing method; split in half, remove the stones and lay out on trays until frozen hard. Place into polythene bags or rigid containers. You can then take out as many as you need at one time.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Anonymous wrote:
They freeze successfully by the open freezing method; split in half, remove the stones and lay out on trays until frozen hard. Place into polythene bags or rigid containers. You can then take out as many as you need at one time.


Yeah, that'll also work. I'd do that for freezing for desserts, but for wine I'd be lazier than that; I'd weith out 3lb per gallon of wine to be made and freeze them whole in carrier bags. Then I'd peel the lump of frozen plums out of the carriers when I wanted to make the wine and put that straight in a straining bag.

But your method, guest, has the advantage of giving plum halves that are far more useful for other things too.

DavidW



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks for the replys, the plums i have are slightly under ripe, what's the best way of ripeing them, before freezing.

David

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just leave them somewhere at room temparature for a few days.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 05 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

What Tahir said.

If you've got room to spread them out a bit that'll help you keep an eye on them, make sure none of them are going off. It'll slow them ripening slightly, but that's the way I do it, I think it's a good trade off to be able to spot them spoiling and remove any dodgy ones.

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