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
- 8 ounces plain dried pitted prunes
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Place prunes in a saucepan, separating any that are stuck together.
- Add water and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Store in a covered container, refrigerated.
If you have the time, fill any size canning jar with dried prunes, then fill the jar up with boiling water. Seal, let cool then put in refrigerator for week, at least. Makes the best syrupy prunes and the longer they set, the better they get.
My grandma and then also my mom, would take the stewed prunes and drain them, then cut a slit lengthwise in them, remove the pit, and then fill them with a dab of cottage cheese. They were delicious!
I live in Cleveland, Ohio. Locations are as follows:
Marc’s, Heinens, ALDIs, Farmer markets, Dave’s Market
I make this recipe but add some brown sugar. My last batch, I bijouzed them up. Added fresh mandarine pieces, cut up, cinamon stick, a few cloves, a wee bit of allspice and a dash of marjoram. It was too DIE for!!!
Pity. If you could only taste the prunes the way they are you would find the sugar an abomination.
I found a can of ground coffee in my mother’s cabinet and she.had put dried prunes layered in the can.
As she was on her death bed, I tried to ask her. But she heard me but never responded.
Anyone know why she did this?
Still, I am curious.
Where can you buy prunes to stew? I can only find pitted dried prunes.
I’m pretty sure that is the kind she meant. She says dried prunes, and not having a pit is a benefit, so…
Prunes are dried plums. The pitted Sunsweet prunes are the prunes you stew. I guess you could dry your own plums till they shrivel but why? We purchase ours at Walmart.
I always bought prunes with juice in a jar, asI really liked them and they help with constipation. Now I see I can produce my own prunes with a little boiling water and possibly some added flavoring. Goodbye High Fructose Corn Syrup.
No fancy preparations! . . . My grandmother, who struggled constantly with constipation, used to simmer a few pitted prunes for about 5 minutes; let cool a few minutes; then eat them. Now that we have microwaves, I put 5-6 pitted prunes in a small microwave-safe bowl, add 1/3 cup water, place in microwave, setting timer for 1-2 minutes on power level 1 or 2. They turn out soft, moist and delicious.
Thanks for a quick, concise, easy recipe,,,just what I wanted.
how long do cooked prunes last in refrigerator
I don’t know, they never last long enough to Answer that question.
I cook up 750g (26 ozs) put in sealed container and had them 2.5 weeks with no issues
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Thanks for the reminder…my grandmother would say “cover them and then some and cook low and slow”. We liked them falling apart & syrupy. A restaurant near me serves stewed prunes and apricots on their roast pork dinner, it’s delicious. Really no need for any other flavoring.
My mom stewed the prunes by boiling/ cooking them with water then made a custard and poured the custard over a few prunes for a dessert. Yummy! Making this tonight.
Would like to have custard recipe after prunes are stewed.
Here’s the one my Granndmother used –
Recipe: Custard Sauce
Beat 4 eggs
Add 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup more for sweeter sauce.
2 tsp. flour in sugar
1 quart milk.
1. Blend together in mixing bowl.
2. Pour into 2 quart sauce pan (pot), and place on stove over medium low heat for about 13 minutes. Use # 6 on gas stove.
3. Stir continuously while cooking (to prevent curdling), until it begins to thicken.
4. Don’t thicken too much as it will thicken more while standing.
5. Take off heat as soon as done or it will whey (separate into solids and liquid).
4. Add 1 tsp. vanilla when it comes off stove and 1 large piece of butter (1/4 cup or more)
The more butter the richer.
Serve while warm.
Save any remaining in refridgerator..
Reheat in saucepan over stove, while stiffing slowly (never use microwave)
In the 1940’s, I remember my mother stewing prunes and then adding them to cooked oatmeal! Oh so delicious!
Shu, I really enjoy oatmeal, and have just recently been introduced to prunes! Never thought about putting the two together!😋
Thanks for the wonderful tip!😄
My favourite breakfast is overnight oats with stewed prunes….so healthy and delicious.
Shu- my grandmother did the same! And she made it with the oatmeal she had left on the stove pilot overnight. And we had breakfast while her coffee percolated! 🙂 🙂 🙂
This sounds delicious
So I have a son that has on going UTI from a super pubic Catheter he can not have high doses of vitamin C as it tends to cause more stone how many prunes to give daily that he would from 2-3 for constipation
Consult with his doctor.
One thing to keep in mind is not to rely just on prunes to do the job. They do have a chemical thing going on, which is why they work! But you don’t need very much.
Start with a couple every-other-day; see how he responds. Adjust accordingly.
If he likes fruit smoothies, maybe add in a couple along w Strawberries, banana, apple. (a yogurt added will give it some body, or use some protein powder or Ensure type protein drink). You can get your 5-9 veggies&fruits in a couple servings.
ABOVE ALL, consult your Dr, and/or Nutritionist. They know how stuff affects *your* kid, and will guide you. You can consult your County Health Dept Advice Nurse, who might give you other resources, often free.
I use to get UTIs often. I started taking cranberry capsules. No more UTI’s!!! For a young child, buy cranberry powder from an herbal store & put it in a smoothie.
Nutrition facts.com reports that scientific research indicates that 8 prunes a day will eliminate constipation.
No cloves ?
At times I like to add a pinch of cinnamon, a pinch of cloves and a few slices of citrus, like lemon or orange. Or instead, I switch it up by adding dried Med. apricots. Yummy.
I read something just today, about putting cinnamon on prunes (something I confess I’d never heard of): *avoid cinnamon* because it has the opposite effect from prunes! (This applies only if you’re looking to help with constipation; cinnamon has reportedly got the opposite effect– helps diarrhea.) Personally I think it’s probably fine, it’s mostly bulk/fiber that’s doing the job, though there is a sort of chemical synergy going on, they say.
Thanks Jenny for another nice recipe I recall from childhood ♡
I just add cold water and the prunes stew in frig overnight.. I also add blueberries…
You can buy prunes that are packaged dry as well as in the can, but should you buy pitted prunes (does pitted prunes mean with the pit in or pit out? Thanks
“Pitted” means without the pit.
Hey everyone, although they say “pitted” on the packaging, still be aware that it’s done mechanically, and some prunes may still have stone fragments in them😁
Pitted means the pits have been removed
Pitted means No Pit. Sometimes though you might get a little shell of the pit!
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks.
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I red every one + now am going to try some of the
Thank you for all the comments folks have send
I red every one + now am going to try some of the
I don’t want to be a snob but the French is my prune of choice. The type of prune does matter greatly. Go through Iherb. Get Saint Dalfour. And get the ones with pitts. They are far more juicy. Treat yourself. Pay the extra and you will go to heaven! St. Peter will personally thank you.
That’s the brand I use and they are the best prunes I’ve ever had, even straight out of the jar. 😋
Jenny, Duncan, thanks for this tip,
as I’ve noticed that in my grocery store prunes–some are tender and soft, and some are downright chewy and tough😳
Cherokee, I found one reason for that is that some suppliers soak the dried fruit in oil to bring its weight up. Therefore, consider looking only for sun dried fruit, you pay more, however quality hugely better and typically once cooked you will also find more volume. The other additive to watch for is sulphites, etc etc … ites, Just buy sun dried, forget colour and its far better.
With any dried fruit it is also amazing to take some thing not much larger then a potato chip and thick as a pencil, cover it with 2” water, bring it to boil, then simmer it for 15-20 min, let cool 15 – 20 minutes and let sit in fridge over night to see it return to its close to original size. Apricots are really amazing
BD, thank you for your comment about sundried. No oil and no sulfites – we don’t need that unhealthy junk on our foods.
Refrigerate cooled prunes with the water. In a couple of days, they are very sweet and keep for a couple of weeks. I take 4 or 5 prunes with water (now juice), cut them in pieces with a spoon and mix that mixture with 1/3 to 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt. Add more of the juice to taste. Delicious!
Kefir (plain) is good too, and full of probiotics.
I add 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 tsp vanilla. Delicious!
Do you add the cinnamon and vanilla while boiling or after?
i see no reason to cook them.have made them just adding water, cinnamon stick and fridging, often with apricots. A long peel of lemon, and maybe some orange. Delicious. My mother always made stewed prunes with coffee and lemon peel as one of our Christmas breakfast foods, ( our feast was at breakfast) with some sort of rum icing topping, whose name escapes me now. I never ate it, I just wanted the prunes. I don’t think she cooked them. Might have added hot coffee to them, and let them stew for a few days. They seem to get better and better over about a week.
Thank you. I have been looking for this recipe. My grandma made it and it haS been so long I did not remember.
Cook to reduce oxalic acid for those with kidney or thyroid issues. In my case, I see no reason not to cook
The sauce was called Hard Sauce
Always at holiday meals– stuffed prunes. Just stew, cool and stuff with cream cheese. They are delicious
Barb! Wow, what a delicious new way for me to eat prunes😋😋😋!
I’ve learned a lot here today! Thanks everyone!
I have a recipe from 1937 that requires cooked prunes. Anyone know if stewed prunes is the same as cooked prunes? Not able to answer the question with searches so far. Thanks in advance.
Stewing is with added liquid, cooking is not.
Its probably for oven roasted prunes
Cooked prunes and stewed prunes are the same thing. It’s just a matter of what your mother or grandmother called them.
My mother stewed prunes and cooled but forgot to refrigerate. Its been over 24 hrs. She wants to keep them. No way right?!
I think it would be like leaving fruit out on the counter. I personally would not hesitate.
I don’t think there is any other way to cook prunes than to cook them in water. How else would you cook them? So cooked is the same as stewed. Cook them in a pot of water as per Jenny’s recipe.
While your having fun, try this Loretta, in small sauce pan take 1 1/2 cups any frozen or any reconstituted fruit (eg. prunes), add 1/4 concentrated frozen or fresh fruit juice (I like real lemon juice, then sprinkle with 1 1/2 tablespoons ground tapioca. Let sit in pot about 10 minutes, then bring to boil over med heat while watching & stirring constantly, pour it into a jar, ;et stand to cool 15-20 minutes, cover and put in fridge for 3 days fresh made fruit jam for toast. Another ancient home made recipie before store bought days
Cooked and stewed prunes are the same thing.
I do mine the same as this recipe. Have for 40+ years. I believe in the cooked method rather than not cooking.
Sometimes I add a little vanilla, but as much as I like cinnamon, I’m not fond of that taste with the prunes.
I hope you’ve tried making them.
Hi Ben! Have you tried that 1937 recipe? What did you think? Stewed or roasted? Would you be willing to share the recipe? I love to get old recipes and make food from scratch.Thanks in advance!!!
the prunes will not soften or plump up if you do not stew for at least 10-15 minutes.. i add a bit of squeezed lemon juice . no longer do i add sugar, they don’t need them.
I remember my Mom serving stewed prunes with a cinnamon stick over wide noodles—we had this on Friday’s because we didn’t eat meat. I loved it.
Is this familiar to any one?
I remember not eating meat on Fridays.
I remember my Grandmother having strewed prunes on egg noodles for Good Friday! It does not sound like it would be good but it is great. I think the noodles had butter on them. I believe it is a German dish.
No, I haven’t, but I would love the recipe if you are willing to share it. Thanks in advance!
Add vanilla and cinnamon for a delicious twist
How much Vanilla & Cinnamon?
Better the wrinkles on the prunes than on me! Thank you
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Love stewed prunes. Got back to them recently. My Mom used to cook them with several slices of lemon and a bit of sugar. Yum!
I just told my husband the same thing about my mom’s way of cooking prunes.I am going to do the same.
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I love stewed prunes but haven’t had them in a very long time. My grandmother made stew prunes and apricots. So good. She also made something called Prune Whip which I detested!!
Thank you for the recipe.
My mom made prune whip and I loved it. Hers was delicious. I think she made a sauce to top it with.
I loved prune whip as a kid. Haven’t had it in years.
Hi. How do I warm them up to serve tomorrow morning?? Thanks
I would warm them them in a small sauce pan, in their liquid, over low heat.
Thanks for this easy recipe! I like stewed prunes with a syrup-like liquid. Does the water make this kind of consistency? Does using some proportion of prune juice with water help that?
I also prefer mine a little syrupy, so I tried the same recipe she offered, however I simmered mine longer, to reduce the water, and when it was the consistency I like, I removed them from the heat. Hope you like them, enjoy!
I never put sugar in my prunes. Just soak them chilled overnight. To make a thicker and sweeter liquid from the stewed prunes, drain them and simmer the liquid in an open pan, watching that it doesn’t burn, until it’s reduced as much as you like.
Also, soaking then stewing the prunes with whole raw almonds with or without their skins is delicicios.
I love these served warm with warm bird’s custard. My nana used to make this for me and it brings back some good memories.
What is warm birds custard, please?
Bird’s Custard is a brand of powdered custard mix. I’ve seen it in stores in a cylindrical paper can.
I haven’t had Bird’s for so long! This is a great reminder to try to find it in the USA. When hitchhiking in Europe (back when it was fun) I’d cook rhubarb and Bird’s every night in the hostel. Or, if caught short, I’d use roadside burdock. Yum.
If you have a South African store in your town they cry under custard. I an I Toronto Canada and there are many South African stores
Hi- would u mind sharing your mom’s custard recipe? I love trying new things. The in advance!
A little confused here … That the soaking makes the prunes easier to eat, and absorb, I get that.
My question is, when I buy them at my bulk food retailer, they’re already soft, and easy to eat … Why would I need to soak them? (In my case, it has been recommended for constipation.)
Hello – I think the point here is not to make the prunes soft — because you’re right – prunes today are a lot softer than they were back in the day. The point of stewing prunes is to add water, which helps digestion and regularity. If you go to a hospital or a restaurant that serves prunes, they are almost always stewed. Most recipes for stewed prunes give you servings the size of a small custard size dish of stewed prunes in a “sauce” that is essentially prune juice. It’s just another way to eat prunes and get some of your eight glasses of water. It’s not as portable and convenient as dried prunes – but it does provide a little variety. Cheers!
A prune straight out of the box is a pretty concentrated flavor. Stewing plumps them up and makes them more fruitlike.
Chris, thanks for this information. I’ve been eating mine straight out of the bag, but I’d like to give this a go😁– no pun intended🤓
Many brands of dried prunes use various kinds of oil such as sunflower oil to soften them. I am on a strict diet for kidney stones, liver, and constipation (I’ve survived many decades), so it takes awhile to shop for groceries because I have to read the ingredients on everything.
It’s amazing how many different kinds of canned plain beans are packed with added sugars .
I add Captain Morgan Spiced Rum to stewed prunes (sometimes apricots too) for a healthful holiday side dish. Most of the alcohol evaporates when heated.