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Substitute for plums?

Bite_Me Jan 3, 2013 09:10 PM

Making this brisket recipe from the NYT http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/12747/...

Since plums are out of season, any suggestions on what fruits I can sub in?

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  1. ipsedixit RE: Bite_Me Jan 3, 2013 09:16 PM


    Or just find a different brisket recipe.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      Bite_Me RE: ipsedixit Jan 3, 2013 09:25 PM

      I was thinking about oranges. Different direction in terms of flavor (more acidity w/ citrus ) but prob delicious. Wonder how the sauce will reduce w/ the oranges and interact with the port and white wine?

      Think I'm also going to add beets.

      Cooking for my dad. Super picky about his brisket and he loves this recipe.

    2. letsindulge RE: Bite_Me Jan 3, 2013 09:23 PM

      I'd do dried prunes.

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        Bite_Me RE: letsindulge Jan 3, 2013 09:29 PM

        That was my 1st plan. My dad says prunes give him the runs...TMI...lol

        I was trying to explain to him that prunes are dried plums.

        I might just do prunes and not tell him...and pray he doesn't get the runs...otherwise I'll never hear the end of it

        1. re: Bite_Me
          magiesmom RE: Bite_Me Jan 4, 2013 06:35 AM

          I love dried apricots in brisket, similar to plums but brighter flavor. And no runs...

      2. letsindulge RE: Bite_Me Jan 4, 2013 10:31 AM

        Dried cherries, or figs would be nice with the port.

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        1. re: letsindulge
          Bite_Me RE: letsindulge Jan 4, 2013 06:30 PM

          Ended up going w/ some canned cherries I found in whole foods. Still cooking so ill let you know

        2. greygarious RE: Bite_Me Jan 4, 2013 11:01 AM

          Canned plums, or part canned plums, part prunes.

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            Bite_Me RE: greygarious Jan 4, 2013 11:07 AM

            Was looking for canned plums but couldn't find any in the Bay Area. Know any places around SF that would have ?

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              greygarious RE: Bite_Me Jan 4, 2013 09:12 PM

              I live on the east coast. I have never been to a supermarket that did not have canned plums in the canned fruit aisle.

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                Bite_Me RE: greygarious Jan 5, 2013 07:36 AM

                Yeah...checked 4 stores and nada...my Dad who lives in NY said they have canned plums by him

          2. The Professor RE: Bite_Me Jan 4, 2013 11:17 AM

            I would try dried red plums...different than prunes, with much brighter flavor and when reconstituted in the cooking process, they will be much more like a plum.

            As far as prunes giving him the runs...I doubt very much they are responsible for that. LOL.

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              Bite_Me RE: The Professor Jan 4, 2013 06:29 PM

              Thx. I never heard of that...sounds good...I'll have to try

              1. re: The Professor
                escondido123 RE: The Professor Jan 4, 2013 09:25 PM

                Hate to bring this up on a food site, but prunes/prune juice are a generally recognized cure for constipation.

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                  The Professor RE: escondido123 Jan 5, 2013 05:23 PM

                  Maybe so...but I eat prunes all the time and they've never given me the 'runs'.

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                    magiesmom RE: The Professor Jan 5, 2013 07:06 PM

                    that doesn't mean they don't have that effect on someone else.

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                      The Professor RE: magiesmom Jan 6, 2013 12:37 PM

                      True enough...everyone _is_ different.
                      But still, it's hard to imagine how a comparatively high fibre food could actually cause 'the runs'.

                      I really think many prune-phobic people are merely remembering the old childhood cracks about prunes-as- laxative.
                      You know, like the old joke: "I'd like prune danish please...TO GO..." ;-)

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                Bite_Me RE: Bite_Me Jan 5, 2013 07:37 AM

                So made recipe with cherries (canned) and did not taste as good. Sauce wasn't as complex as plum sauce and brisket wasn't as tender

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                  letsindulge RE: Bite_Me Jan 5, 2013 08:30 AM

                  That's unfortunate. The recipe calls for a lot of plums so I can see how the texture, and taste of the sauce would be compromised by subbing in canned cherries. Since the recipe called for star anise I'm wondering what Asian plum sauce might have lent to the recipe. Oh well...Happy Cooking!

                  1. re: Bite_Me
                    magiesmom RE: Bite_Me Jan 5, 2013 08:41 AM

                    the tenderness of the brisket is a separate issue.

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                      Bite_Me RE: magiesmom Jan 5, 2013 08:48 AM

                      This time I used 3 lbs instead of 6 lbs of brisket the recipe called for. Kept the temp and cooking time the same. Not sure if I should have shortened time or lowered time

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                        magiesmom RE: Bite_Me Jan 5, 2013 08:54 AM

                        Shortening time for sure. this is a pretty high temp even for a larger brisket. Also three pounds is not a whole brisket so it may have been the thinner part.

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