Delicious recipes for harvesting prune compote for the winter
A lot is known about the beneficial properties of prunes, but, first of all, it is an excellent tool to improve digestion and eliminate problems with constipation. Compotes and preserves based on this ingredient can be used by both children and adults, the main thing is to choose the most delicious and healthy recipe for preparing a drink or dish. This article presents some of the most popular options for homemade compote based on dried plums, and how to cook it and how best to close it for the winter - more on that later.
The main component of this compote - prune itself, on the quality of which all the main characteristics of the finished product will depend. Ideally, it should be black-blue, soft-touch fruits of a matte color, without signs of damage or the activity of pests. During the soaking of such prunes in water, a white coating appears, and on the hands after contact with it there should be no trace. At the preparatory stage, the selected fruits should be washed under the pressure of cold running water, and then soaked in it for 25-30 minutes. After the specified time, the plums are slightly dried and used for their intended purpose.
As for the requirements for the rest of the ingredients, like prunes, they must be fresh and of high quality.especially when it comes to dry or fresh fruit. Mold traces, mechanical damage, or any contamination may adversely affect the palatability of the prepared compote.
Important! Products without sugar or with a minimum quantity are stored much longer than preparations with a large amount of this sweet product. To feel the full depth of taste of the finished drink, it is recommended to use it no earlier than 3-4 months after preparation.
Step-by-step recipes for stewing prunes for winter
In the simplest version, the preparation of compote from prunes involves the use of only the fruits themselves, sugar and a certain amount of water. However, not everyone likes this classic recipe, and some housewives decide to experiment, adding to the main component dried apricots, cranberries or even fortified wine, which gives the finished workpiece a special piquancy. To choose the most suitable option for yourself, it is worth considering each of them individually.
0.7 L30 minutes
Energy value per 100 g:
- To begin, rinse the selected prunes under running water and dip them into a hot but not boiling liquid for several minutes.
- Pour fruit into a colander and let drain.
- Take a separate pan, pour the prepared sugar into it, pour in water, mix everything well and bring the mixture to a boil over low heat.
- As soon as the sweet liquid boils, add the prepared prunes to it and continue cooking for another 15–20 minutes until the fruits of the prunes become soft.
- Ready stewed fruit can only be poured into sterilized jars, cover them with lids and, after complete cooling, removed to a cool place.
Did you know? Prunes are an excellent assistant in the fight against tooth decay, as they protect tooth enamel from damage and strengthen it, helping to improve the health of all teeth.
With dried apricots
2-2.5 L80 minutes
Energy value per 100 g:
- Wash dried fruits well under running water and dip in boiling water for about 10 minutes (this will help destroy the remaining germs).
- Pour water into a pan and boil it, add sugar, waiting for it to completely dissolve.
- Pour dried fruit into a bowl and simmer over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
- Turn off the stove, add citric acid to the mixture and leave the future compote under the lid for another hour, so that it is well infused.
- Ready compote is poured into cans or consumed immediately, moreover, it will be equally tasty both in warm and in cold form.
3,5 l60 minutes
Energy value per 100 g:
- Rinse the prunes well and put it in a pot with three liters of boiling water.
- Add granulated sugar and mix well.
- Boil the prunes for 25 minutes over low heat and pour cranberries on it (the berries are washed and scalded in advance).
- Boil the boiled mixture for another 5 minutes, and then remove from heat and cover, leave in the room until the liquid has cooled completely.
- In the cooled drink (temperature up to 50 ° С) add honey and mix everything well again.
- Close the compote in jars or eat fresh.
You can’t immediately take out a pot with a drink in the cold, otherwise it will lose all its taste. This can be done only after the liquid has completely cooled.
Did you know? Cranberry juice was very popular in the film industry, because it looked like blood. It was used in the most "bloody" scenes in the initial stages of development «color» movie.
With fortified wine
2.5 l60 minutes
fortified wine (preferably madeira)
apples or pears (dried fruits)
Energy value per 100 g:
- Combine wine and apple juice in a separate container.
- Sort the prepared dried fruits and, if necessary, chop the large pieces in addition.
- Fold them in a deep container and pour the prepared wine-juice mixture.
- Grate the lemon zest and squeeze the juice from the soft part of the lemon.
- Pour the compote into a saucepan, add cinnamon and lemon zest and warm the drink over low heat without bringing it to a boil (the compote should cook for about 25 minutes).
- As soon as the fruits used are soft, strain the compote, then return the used spices to the pan and continue to brew the drink for another half hour, so that 1/3 of the total volume of liquid evaporates.
- In a separate container, mix honey and lemon juice, after which pour the finished mixture into a bowl with the main part of the drink and remove the pan from the heat. If you wish, you can “return” the boiled dried fruits back - they will make the taste of compote brighter.
- Usually the finished drink is consumed in freshly prepared form, but, as in other cases, it can be rolled up in cans for longer storage.
Important! In the process of cooking compote, all alcohol from the wine evaporates, so the finished product can be considered non-alcoholic.
Prune compote can both weaken and strengthen the stomach, which more depends on the additional components of the traditional recipe. However, in order for it to bring maximum benefits, you need to know not only about the rules for manufacturing winter blanks, but also about the most suitable ways of storing it. The shelf life of the drink largely depends on what kind of prune was used: stewed fruit with seedless fruits will last for about two years, but if you have not seized them, then you should not store preparations for more than a year. In the future, it will be dangerous to use such a decoction due to toxic substances inside the nuclei.
An ideal place to store a “laxative” compote - a cool pantry or cellar, and in apartment conditions you can place banks in the refrigerator. True, usually a freshly brewed drink is placed in it, which will be used in the near future (therefore, it is not worth preparing it a lot). Fresh prune decoction can stand in such conditions no more than two days (already on the first day the use of the product is reduced and it does not make much sense to use it for gastronomic purposes).
Along with compotes, jam, jam or mashed potatoes can be cooked from the remaining prunes, which will be very useful for mothers of babies, and raisins, dried apricots or other dried fruits will help to improve the taste properties of the finished product. How to cook such dishes exactly - each one decides independently, especially since in this case there are a lot of interesting recipes.