When preparing plums for use, removing the stone (or seed) consumes a large portion of preparation time.
You know how it goes: halve the plum with a knife. Set the knife down. Pick the seed out with your fingers. Pick up the knife and go at another one.
If dealing with the large Italian plums (or similar varieties), there is an easier method that takes only 1 second! Or less.
Yes, that’s right! Once you get the hang of this, the job will be done in no time flat!
How This Method Was Discovered
My little sis was staying with me for a time. Because we were in the middle of canning season, I put her to work (she loved it!). After cutting pounds upon pounds of plums in half, we decided it was time for a new trick.
You see, it wasn’t only a matter of time. I didn’t particularly like how the canned halves morphed into one blob in their syrup. Though I packed the jars tightly as I could, they always looked more than half empty coming out of the canner. Somehow, I felt gypped!
So we began experimenting.
The result? This method and fuller jars!
How to Pit a Plum
Wash your fruits and discard leaves, stems and bugs.
Place your fruit in a bowl and collect two more: one for your whole, pitted plums and one for the stones (seeds).
You’ll also need a wooden spoon. It must have have a perfectly round handle. If you don’t have one, it’s time to make a purchase! If there’s a handy man in your life, he could also make you a perfectly round plunge from hardwood!
Take the wooden spoon and hold it backward, with the scooping end in your palm. Move your hand halfway up the handle. You’ll need good control of that tip!
Grab a plum and hold it with the stem indent facing upward. My sister and I found it was easier to get started on this end!
Note: pardon the dirt under the fingernail! We had been doing lots of outside work, my sister and I!
Force the wooden end into the stem’s indent and straight through the plum. Get rough, if you need to!
The seed will burst through the other side!
Once you get a feeling for this process, you’ll be able to pit almost perfect plums! That’s right! With nothing but a wooden spoon!
Once your plums are pitted, carry on with your agenda!
Are you going to freeze them? Make jam? A dessert for dinner? Perhaps you want to can them in syrup for winter? If so, be sure to check out my Honey Spice Plum recipe!