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How to Dry Plums Without a Fruit Dryer

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017

A fruit dryer is helpful for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs harvested from a garden. Lacking a fruit dryer does not mean that a gardener cannot dry a garden harvest, however. Get creative with basic kitchen ingredients and use the oven set at a low temperature to dry fruits such as plums. The finished result promises to be something your family will request frequently.

Select plums for drying. Any variety of plum can be successfully dried in the oven using this recipe. Choose plums that are in perfect condition without any soft spots or bruises. Wash 2 lbs. of plums well under cool water and dry with the paper towels.

Slice the plums in half with the paring knife and remove the center pit. Discard the pits. Slice the plums into thin wedges. Place the sliced plums into the large bowl.

Measure the sugar, coarse salt, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and add everything to the sliced plums. Add pepper to taste and mix the plums and the seasonings well.

Line the baking sheet with the parchment paper. Place the sliced plums onto the baking sheet and spread them out so they are in a single layer.

Sprinkle the fresh mint over the sliced plums, adding as much as desired.

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and place the baking sheet in the oven. Bake the plums for approximately three hours.

Turn the oven off and leave the plums in the oven for between two and eight additional hours. Remove the plums and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Use the dried plums within three to four days.


Things You Will Need

  • 2 lbs. plums
  • 1/2 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. Coarse salt
  • 1/2 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Crushed fresh mint leaves (to taste)
  • Paper towels
  • Paring knife
  • Large bowl
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Oven
  • Airtight container


  • Extend the shelf life of the dried plums to approximately one week by storing them in refrigerator.


About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.