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Easy Stewed Prunes

Easy Stewed Prunes

Easy Stewed Prunes

Store bought stewed prunes contain high fructose corn syrup. With homemade, the only thing added is water. Use only plain dried prunes with nothing added, except maybe potassium sorbate. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: about 30 prunes

Easy Stewed Prunes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces plain dried pitted prunes
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

Instructions:

  1. Place prunes in a saucepan, separating any that are stuck together.
  2. Add water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Store in a covered container, refrigerated.

13 Comments on "Easy Stewed Prunes"

  1. Kathy

    Hi Jenny, do you know where to find plain, dried pitted prunes? I’ve only seen the big brand names in the grocery stores.
    Also, not to sound dumb, but do I have to use dried prunes, or can prune recipes be made using the fresh plum?

    • Joyce

      Check the bulk food section of your grocery store. Sometimes they have packaged generic foods like nuts & raisins. Theu may also have prunes too.

  2. D from Dallas

    thank you for the good recipe…

  3. lydia

    MY AUNT USE TO MAKE THIS BUT IT WAS A THICK SAUCE AND SIMI SWEET SHE PUT IT OVER HOT BISCUITS I TRY TO MAKE IT MYSELF BUT IT NEVER CAME OUT LIKE HERS. DO YOU HAVE A RECIPE AS I DESCRIBED

    • Januarymoon

      Pinch of lemon, table spoon of brown sugar or maple syrup. I bet that’s the secret of your aunts yummy prunes

    • Meredith

      To make the syrup thicker, start by using just enough water to cover prunes. After it begins to simmer, keep adding just enough water to cover the prunes. Simmer your prunes low and slow, paying close attention to the water level, and remember to keep adding enough water to cover. Stew for apx. 2 hours, then let the pot rest until cool, apx.2-3 hours.Then refrigerate your stewed prunes in a glass jar. The water will have developed into a think, delicious syrup.

    • Capt Dave

      That sounds like an old German recipe we had at Thanksgiving (many, many years ago). I believe it required quartering the prunes and simmering them for about 30 – 45 minutes. I don’t recall measurements, but I think you’d want a bit more water than needed for stewed prunes. The prunes and juice were left overnight in the refrigerator, then reheated before the feast. Sometimed, raisins were added. The result could be thickened if needed with a bit of arrowroot or corn startch if needed. I think some cloves or cinnamon may have been added. It went well with ham and biscuits. Hope this helps.

  4. Anna

    I like to use apple juice instead of water- makes them almost a treat!

  5. Lori

    I like to put a cinnamon stick in the water while they stew! Extra flavor!!

    • Sadie's Summer

      I have heard that although deliciously tasty the addition of cinnamon to the prunes counteracts the digestive benefits of the prunes. Is this true?

      • Michtifus

        I havent heard that but cinnamon is what they call a fat blocker. So, i could see how that could be a possibility. Anything that would naturally block your body from absorbing fat, certainly seems counter productive to what prunes are trying to do! 😉

  6. Honeybee ♥

    Nice recipe!

  7. elzbieta z Łodzi

    good idea

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