The big tree was literally dripping with fruit so we had to figure out the best way to use them. Ian suggested we get a dehydrator and after searching around I decided I would like a Fowlers one. The Fowlers dehydrator has variable temperature and you can add in extra trays plus Fowlers is Australian and has been in the preserving business for a long time. I checked ebay and had a couple of units on my watchlist, but I ended up with a new one after going into the local Mitre 10 and finding them on sale. Not only did K&D have them on sale, but they had huge signs proclaiming "Summer time is preserving time!".
So we made prunes. I just did a couple of trays for the first try and this photo shows them after they had been drying for about 20 hours (they were more densely spaced, but I forgot to take a photo before starting to
Sofia loves them.
We also made plum sauce using another of Sally Wise's recipes. It is a delicious way to use the fruit and turns out a very deep beautiful colour.
The other tree's fruit is starting to ripen now. We have been told by a couple of people that it is a Greengage plum which is apparently one of the best plums for eating.