How Do YOU Like Stanley Plums?


You know the plums you got last week? Those delicious Stanley plums? Believe it or not, Stanley plums have never been one of our popular items. Could it be that people just don’t know how good they are or what to do with them? We think everyone else has been missing out. And we think you can help.


Stanley Plums 2013


Since you seem to know a thing or two about plums (After all, you did just order 30 pounds of them!), we are asking if you would share your favorite plum recipe and tell us what you think of the plums you got. Then, we can share this with the non-Stanley-plum-lovers among us.Over the next several days, we’ll be collecting plum recipes and feedback from you and everybody else who bought plums last week. We’ll compile the recipes and ideas on our website, and post for all to see so that next year… things are different.So tell us… how do you like your Stanleys?(Comments are now closed.)

In addition to comments, we invite your…

RECIPES! Do you make a special dish with Stanley plums? Please share the recipe right big text box on the form. We’ll post it on our website and give you the credit, so be sure to include your name.
PHOTOS! Do you have a picture of something you made with these plums? Upload it right on the form. Again, we’ll post it with your comments or recipe, so be sure to include your name.

If you’d like to review another fruit too, please fill out the form a second time so we can keep the plum comments separate.

Thanks so much! We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

Tim & Erin

PS  If you have any plums left, try this simple and delicious Stanley Plum Crumble.

Stanley Plum Crisp 2013




Great plums! Almost wish I had order 2 boxes. Made plum butter in crockpot, canned plum halves in lite syrup w/ cinnamon stick, baked 2 loaves of plum bread, and lastly, a German plum cake. Yum! – (September 19th, 2013)

Lynne's Plum Preserves 9-2013The plums are delicious eaten straight up, and they also canned beautifully! I just did a light honey-water mixture (1/4 c. honey to 15 c. water), heated, poured it over the pitted and halved plums and then did a water bath canning. They turned a beautiful shade of red as they canned and then cooled. Looking forward to enjoying plums this winter! I also plan on making jam with some of the remaining fresh plums. – Lynne (September 19th, 2013)

The peaches that we ate fresh were delicious as were the plums. We canned for two days straight and made many jars of preserves, syrups and jam. Completely satisfied with my order. – Megan (September 19th, 2013)

I was so excited to see the Stanley Plums on the order! My grandmother was always on the lookout for them in the fall to make her grandmother’s plum kuchen. My shipment was perfectly in time with the arrival of some family that remember the kuchen well. It was such a treat and so great to relive the memories we have all shared around my grandmother and kuchen. I had way more than I could use at once, so, I cooked some down with some sugar, onion, and vinegar and made a chutney for gifts for the holidays. I also washed and pitted some and froze them for cobbler, tarts, and stews for the winter. I only wish I had time and room for more. Maybe after I win the lottery. – Jimmy (September 19th, 2013)

Amanda's Son Canning Plum Sauce 9-2013We let all our pears ripen on the counter just like you suggested they did turn yellow and smell delicious when ripe! Last night we made so much pearsauce! So far we’ve just been enjoying the plums whole but am getting ready to can up the rest. I’ve attached a picture of my son helping me can the pearsauce last night! – Amanda (September 19th, 2013)

I guess I would have to say that we like them best fresh because more than half our box is gone and we’ve not done anything but wash and eat them. If we do have any leftover, I will freeze them to make the Plum Crumble featured on your website. My family loves it! – Kathy (September 18th, 2013)

We ordered peaches, plums and pears this month. Glad I shared my plums with my sister – it was a LOT of plums…. I wonder if they could be sold in smaller quantities so not quite SO overwhelming (tho I understand the purpose of BULK is to buy things in BULK – this is a big commitment for a fruit that it’s terribly popular … so might be more inviting for people to try if commitment wasn’t SO big?!)!! They are tasty – not bitter or sour at all. We made the plum crumble from Erin and it was a huge hit. We can’t eat all the plums in a reasonable amount of time … will pit and freeze for winter crumbles! – Christi (September 18th, 2013)

We got a bushel each of pears and plums. I just finished canning the pears. Coming soon I am making plum jam and canning halved plums. The kids have been eating the plums non stop!! Usually they are so expensive in the grocery store, so we only get a few and the kids are limited as to how many they can have. This time they were pleased to eat as many as they wanted! The first day we probably at 10 each! They are wonderful. They hold their shape and texture well; which is important since we are busy and canning is something we shove into our schedule! – Rebecca (September 18th, 2013)

I LOVE Stanley Plums, maybe because we had a tree of them in our front yard as a child. They were one of my favorite snacks, right off the tree. When I taste them, I am sent back to my childhood. My children love them too and I can share childhood stories with them while we eat. 🙂 Yum !
– Angela (September 18th, 2013)

The Stanley plums were beautiful and 99 percent were perfect! I canned most in a light syrup in pint jars. The rest were sweet and juicy fresh eating. One recipe I like is called poke cake. You take 1box of yellow or white cake mix and bake as normal. When it is warm right out of the oven, poke holes every inch or so and then pour some of my canned plums with the juice over the entire cake. The juice will run into the holes. Pop it back into the oven for 5 to 7 minutes. Just enough to warm the plums. So yummy good! – Cheryl (September 17th, 2013)

Jessica's Plum Cobbler 9-2013We have loved our plums! We have eaten them for snacks, in muffins, and made a delicious cobbler.!! – Jessica (September 17th, 2013)

We have thoroughly enjoyed our box of plums! Thank you so much! Not only have we eaten them fresh – and they are delicious – but I have used the recipes in my Ball Blue Book to can them whole as well as make a beautiful and tasty jam. The canned plums, using a medium syrup, are absolutely wonderful. I’ve used the same process – washing the plums, pricking them with a needle, and boiling them in medium syrup – to serve as a dessert. Instead of canning them, we just refrigerated the cooked plums – very popular with my family! Thanks again!  – Kathy (September 17th, 2013)

We are just enjoying eating ours. I ordered them for the students at a school I work for, and the students love them. It is a gamble to see if you get a sweet one or a tart plum. – Judi (September 17th, 2013)