How Long Do Plums Last?


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2-3 days or until ripe
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3-5 days once ripe
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10-12 months


Shelf Life Tips

  • How long do plums last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - after purchasing, keep plums in a dry area.
  • Properly stored, plums will become fully ripe in about 2 to 3 days at normal room temperature.
  • How can you make plums ripen faster? To hasten ripening, put plums in a brown paper bag, close it and leave on the counter.
  • Do not refrigerate plums until they are fully ripe - allowing to ripen at room temperature will result in more flavorful, juicy plums.
  • To extend the shelf life of fully ripe plums, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate; for best results, bring the plums back to room temperature before using.
  • How long do plums last in the refrigerator? Fully ripe plums will last for about 3 to 5 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze raw plums? Yes: (1) Wash and leave whole or cut in halves or quarters and remove pit; (2) In a saucepan, combine 2 3/4 cups sugar and 4 cups water, mix until the solution is clear, and bring to a boil; (3) Cool the syrup and pour over plums; (4) Place plums and syrup in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do plums last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - plums that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if plums are bad or spoiled? Plums that are spoiling will typically become very soft, develop dark spots and start to ooze; discard any plums if mold appears or if the plums have an off smell or appearance.

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