Keep the fresh flavor of ripe summer plums to enjoy later in the year by simply freezing them. Freezing is also a great way to set aside ripe plums to cook in bake goods or turn into jam when you have more time. This same method works for freezing apricots, pluots, peaches, and nectarines, too.
Tip: Use wedges of frozen plum as "ice cubes" in iced tea, lemonade, or any other drink that could use a hit of plummy sweetness.
- Halve, pit, and peel however many plums you want to freeze.
- Cut the plums into wedges or however you think you'll want to use them later (slices or cubes are good; or you can leave them as halves, if you like).
- Lay the peeled and cut plums on baking sheets in a single layer.
- Put the trays in a freezer until the plums are frozen through; this will take anywhere from several hours to overnight depending on your freezer and how thick the plum pieces are.
- Transfer the frozen plums to resealable plastic bags or other air-tight container(s). Keep, frozen, until ready to use – up to six months.
Note: If using frozen plums to make jams or cook into a pie, there is no need to defrost the plums first – just start cooking with the frozen plums!