Does anyone know how to make a Prune?
I have about 2 bushels of Italian Prune plums I picked off my tree today. I want to make actual prunes that come out like the commercial prunes.
When I dried them 2 years ago, they didn't come out like prunes. They had still had amber flesh and purple skins after they were dried, were fairly hard. While not bad, they just were not the same, not the uniformly dark, somewhat soft and very sweet prune I am familiar with.
I googled a lot about this, and all it said they do in California is dry them in propane heated dryers. I wondered if there was any kind of semi-fermentation, bletting, or similar, but there doesn't seem to be.
Is there some trick to making them come out like a real prune?