This year, the Richmond Sharing Farm has a bounty harvest of tomatillo. Due to the unfamiliarity to the usage of tomatillo, the sales at the Steveston Farmers Artisans Market was not good. There were lots of tomatillo left for canning.
The Tomatillo Salsa made in the canning workshop will be used to make Fish Tacos at the Applepalloza event in Fall. The Applepalloza event will be held at the Orchard, south end of Gilbert Road, before the dyke in Richmond on October 3rd. It’s an apple tastings event with games in the orchard, salmon BBQ, music and more.
- 5 1/2 cups chopped husked tomatillos (about 2 pounds or 27 medium size tomatillos
- 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 large)
- 1 cup chopped green chilies (about 2 medium)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 4 tablespoons lime juice
- 4 (8oz) half pint glass perserving jars with lids and bands
Quick tip: when cutting or seeding hot peppers, wear rubber gloves to prevent hands from being burned.
If tomatillo is not available, you can substitute it with green tomato.
Source: Karen Dar Woon
Yields 4 (8oz) half pint glass preserving jars
Any large pot can be a canner. Just ensure that the pot is tall enough to hold water at least 2.5cm/1 inch deeper than your tallest jar. Place a cooling rack on the bottom of the pot, to raise the jars off the surface (helps to avoid excessive agitation). You can make a canning rack by tying a few old jar rings together with twist ties or twine. Otherwise, line the bottom of the canner with towels.
Wash with hot, soapy water, rinsing well. Inspect jars, and discard any with nicks. chips, or scratches, as these flaws can cause breakage. Set the jars into your canner, fill with water, and bring to simmering. Do not boil. Keep warm until ready to fill.
Wash with hot, soapy water, rinsing well. Heat the seals in hot, not boiling water, for 5 minutes. Rings do not need to be heated. When using, remove, remove lids from hot water using a non-metallic device, rubber gloves, or a magnetic stick. Avoid using any tools which may scratch or nick the sealing compound or the inside liner of the lid.