After the recent reports on how much food is needlessly thrown away each year, we have put together a short guide on the many ways California prunes can be used in cooking. These multiple uses, coupled with the fact that prunes can stay fresh for a long time when stored correctly, means you will never be at a loss for what to do with any of this leftover super –ingredient!
Blend leftover prunes in to any smoothies you make, to take advantage of the vitamins they contain and their sweet flavour
Chop up leftover prunes and use them to top your cereal or porridge. This will add sweetness, but is a healthier option than using sugar!
Blend up leftover prunes with water to make a prune purée. This purée can then be used in place of some butter when baking. Because prunes are so juicy, all of the moisture of a traditional recipe will be maintained, but a great deal of fat and saturated fat will be cut out. Why not try this in brownies or muffins?
Using leftover prunes in meat-based dishes is a great way to retain juiciness and appeal. Prunes work excellently in everything from lamb tagine to pork spring rolls. They can also be used to add weight and texture to vegetarian dishes
To really make an impression when cooking dinner for friends, why not add some prunes to your cheese board?
As California prunes are so sweet, juicy and delicious, you can of course just eat them as a snack! And don’t forget, just three provides you with one portion of your five a day
As California prunes are the highest quality in the world, you can be sure that all of these uses are will achieve excellent (and delicious!) results.
We would love to hear what you use your left over California Prunes for. It you have any suggestions then e-mail them over to us and we will make sure we add them on. If you try any of our suggestions out then we would also love to hear how they turned out, so feel free to post away on our Facebook page and upload pictures!