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Substitute for plums?

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. Oranges.

    Or just find a different brisket recipe.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      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.

      1. re: letsindulge

        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

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

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

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        1. re: letsindulge

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

        2. Canned plums, or part canned plums, part prunes.

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          1. re: greygarious

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

            1. re: Bite_Me

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

              1. re: greygarious

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

          2. 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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            1. re: The Professor

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

              1. re: The Professor

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

                1. re: escondido123

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

                  1. re: The Professor

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

                    1. re: magiesmom

                      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..." ;-)

              2. 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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                1. re: Bite_Me

                  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

                    the tenderness of the brisket is a separate issue.

                    1. re: magiesmom

                      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

                      1. re: Bite_Me

                        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.