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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 1, 2017 12:41 PM CST
Now, that's a real nice Tomatillo patch, Sally!

Ahma make something this winter,outta what's in the freezer, and will be better prepared for next season's harvest. Thumbs up

I'm also gonna adjust my transplanting schedule so they go out right as the cool spring weather breaks. I will harvest all I can in just the first six weeks after they start ripening. After that, the stinkbugs will move in, but, I'll be ahead of them with quality fruits. They looked beautiful and healthy, but, they just stalled in the cool weather. As soon as it warmed up, they took off and made beautiful fruits! Now that I know what to do, I'll harvest on a more regular basis, and process and freeze finished salsa verde. Thumbs up

Tomatillos in my yard are a stinkbug magnet, just like Azoychka tomatoes!!!! Angry Angry
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Aug 1, 2017 4:27 PM CST
I've made 'salsa' that you eat with chips.How do you use the salsa verde? I read that is is a universal sauce, like to mexican version of Italian tomato sauce that goes with every meat more or less, and pasta.

Excuse me if I already said that here.
I made a salsa for chips the other day, used some tomatillos and some tomatoes. It was good.Excuse me if I said that, too.

I am not sure I like the sound of Chili verde recipes, seem to say brown the pork cubes then boil them. I don't want to ruin meat. I don't mind eating animals, but to cook and then waste meat is against my principles. Ya know?
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 1, 2017 5:49 PM CST
Ohh !## hell no ! Sally ! 😬
I fry up pork cubes, with onions, and spices. Add, salsa and whatever else, turns me on ! And it done ! 😃😃😃

😎😎😎 Thumbs up
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 1, 2017 6:51 PM CST
The Salsa Verde I used to make with my tomatillos was a green version of salsa that you would eat with chips.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 2, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Salsa verde is often used with poultry or pork, rather than the tomato salsa...much like which wine goes best with milder meats. I no longer make much of anything from scratch, since I'm cooking for one. Even the chili verde is ready to heat carnitas, and canned green sauce. I throw those in the crock pot and add chilies, onion, a can of Mexican style diced tomatoes, some frozen green beans(instead of nopales), and seasoning. I do roast and peel fresh Pasillo chilies and slice a few Serrano chilies into it, because canned chilies have no taste. I usually add a can of refried beans to it to thicken it, and it turns into burrito filling...and a fairly balanced meal, that can be frozen in single portions.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Aug 2, 2017 3:31 PM CST
ctcarol said:Salsa verde is often used with poultry or pork, rather than the tomato salsa...much like which wine goes best with milder meats. I no longer make much of anything from scratch, since I'm cooking for one. Even the chili verde is ready to heat carnitas, and canned green sauce. I throw those in the crock pot and add chilies, onion, a can of Mexican style diced tomatoes, some frozen green beans(instead of nopales), and seasoning. I do roast and peel fresh Pasillo chilies and slice a few Serrano chilies into it, because canned chilies have no taste. I usually add a can of refried beans to it to thicken it, and it turns into burrito filling...and a fairly balanced meal, that can be frozen in single portions.


It sounds great!!
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 2, 2017 3:41 PM CST
All of the produce is readily available in my area, and I used to use tomatillos, fresh pork shoulder Etc. Heck, I used to bake bread and do hand made tortillas too. That was then, now, uh uh.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 2, 2017 4:47 PM CST
@sallyg
Sally:😁 The best recipies. Are the ones that have only a couple three or four ingredients, with a few spices.

The ones that have like 8 or more ingredients, well ! I just pass them over. There no good, at all ! Not worth the extra trouble. Thumbs down

I make everything from scrach. No better way. I'm batchin it. ( thats, living by myself. ) I do enjoy cooking ! But, not every nite !

I'll cook a big pot of ? lets say ? chile beans. I'll freeze a couple three portions. After eating chile beans, a couple days, i'll get in freezer and get portion of something different out. Verde. Stew. Etc.
Works for me. 😁😁😁
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Aug 2, 2017 5:42 PM CST
I do the same, Philip...sans the scratch part. I don't enjoy cooking anymore.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 2, 2017 6:02 PM CST
Yuck ! Sighing!
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 7, 2017 7:57 PM CST
How do you know when they are ready to be picked?
My two plants seem to have some the size of a tennis ball on them.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 7, 2017 8:12 PM CST
I planted two tomatillos about 6' apart with 2 tomatoes between the two. Neither one seems to be developing fruit. I assume they must need to be closer together? I do recall Philip advising not to plant with tomatoes but it was a done deal by the time I learned that. Both tomatillos are healthy looking, lots of blooms, but no fruits, the blossoms just shrivel up. Shrug. Better luck next year I guess...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Aug 7, 2017 9:29 PM CST
They're ripe when a) the husk starts to split, or, b) they feel relatively sizable to what they're supposed to be, and nice and firm inside, even if the husk has not split.

I picked most of my "supposed-to-be-the-large-ones" long before they got up to size. Had to, to keep the stinkbugs from sticking them!

Deb,
I was advised tomatillos need to be planted in pairs (at least) so they could pollinate. I planted 10 tomatillos and one Big Boy Tomato in the same bed. Two of the Tomatillos were a different variety.

Next time, I'll plant maybe 5 tomatillos, all the same variety together. That's more than enough tomatillos for my entire family, LOL! And, I'll plant them just as the weather turns warm, and harvest like crazy early on...get ahead of the stinkbugs! I tip my hat to you.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 7, 2017 9:29 PM CST
They get along real well with potatoes. Blinking
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Aug 8, 2017 2:01 AM CST
Gymgirl, what do you do with all of them? Please forgive me if you've already said.
My two plants are ready to be picked but again, I'm not excited about experimenting with using them. I want to know that the work of picking and processing is going to something we'll like
I get google hits like '25 recipes for tomatillos'; mostly 25 ways to make a main dish that you serve with basic green salsa. Shrug!
i'm pretty OK today, how are you? ;^)
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 8, 2017 6:14 AM CST
Gee 😕??? Besides green sauce and green salsa .im not sure of other uses. Try wording your question different. Like : Diferent uses for tomatillos ?
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
"Godspeed, & Good Harvest!"
Region: Texas Vegetable Grower Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Master Level Canning and food preservation Gardens in Buckets
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Gymgirl
Aug 8, 2017 7:47 AM CST
I intend on making green salsa (verde) with my tomatillos. I want it as close to the Taco Cabana recipe as I can replicate! I can suck that stuff up with a malt straw!!! Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes. Rolling my eyes.
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Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Aug 8, 2017 8:11 AM CST
When I think of Salsa Verde, I think of hot Jalapeno salsa, is that a special item?
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 8, 2017 8:52 AM CST
I have not grown Tomatillos in years but when I did they were always in a bed with tomatoes. No problem being with the tomatoes.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Aug 8, 2017 9:03 AM CST
I don't think the problem is growing them with the tomatoes, but rather that they share the same diseases and bugs that tomatoes do, which then doubles up on susceptibility. I'm just wondering if the reason mine are not setting fruit is there is too much space between the two plants? To be fair, this particular bed has this year been rather poor for anything. My 5 tomato plants are doing well but not setting a whole ton of fruit. The 2 tomatillos have yet to set one fruit between the two of them. The lone zucchini has had mostly unpollinated blossoms (just took a peek yesterday and crossing fingers for a couple that may actually be growing). Weird. This is one of my prime real estate beds - raised, full sun with southwest exposure, and close to a hose bib so gets lots of extra watering (not all beds are that fortunate in my yard). It has dwarf marigolds at the outer edge for additional insect inticement and to offset the yellow blossoms of the veggies.
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