Storage and Handling of Plums
To select: Ontario plums should have good colour and yield gently to slight pressure. Keep in mind that plums are often picked and sold slightly firm.
To core: Slice plums along seam; twist and remove pit.
To peel: Dip plums in boiling water 30 to 60 seconds; immediately place in ice water. Rub plum skins off by hand.
Five Simple Steps to Tender Fruit Perfection
Step 1: Select fruit that is firm and fragrant.
Step 2: Remove fruit immediately from the container in which it was purchased and sort according to ripeness.
Step 3: Store ripe fruit in the refrigerator or enjoy right away.
Step 4: To ripen firm fruit, store at room temperature and out of direct sunlight in a loosely closed paper bag for a day or two. Note; plastic bags are not suitable for ripening fruit, as they will trap moisture and air, which can cause premature spoilage, so always use paper bags.
Step 5: Once ripe, store tender fruit in the refrigerator for up to one week or enjoy right away.
The fruit is ready when it's sweetly aromatic and yields to gentle pressure. Never wash fruit before storing, wait until you're ready to eat.