Plums are rarely used as diet for the sick; unless very ripe, they are apt to cause diarrhoea and intestinal colic. Green gages and large blue plums are more digestible than the smaller varieties.
Select perfectly ripe large green of yellow gages, put them in a sieve, plunge them into boiling water, then into cold water. Peel carefully, arrange them in a pretty dish of cracked ice, and they are ready to serve.
Cut a pint of blue plums into halves and remove the stones; put them into a kettle with a half cupful of water, cover and stew for ten minutes; mash and press them through a sieve; put this aside in a cold place. When wanted for use, add a pint of cold water, stir thoroughly and strain through two thicknesses of cheesecloth.