How to Store Tomatillos: Steps That You Should Know About
Fascinated by gardening, I came across a wide array of methods for gardening as well as other factors and methods associated with gardening. In due time, my labor and hard work paid off and I was able to experience the joys of seeing my plants grow, harvesting it myself and even to a point of storing it.
It is undeniable that having your own garden offers unparalleled joy and a sense of achievement. However, the challenge does not end there, storing the harvested goods are imperative as well and I have learned that the hard way.
That being said, I have learned the hard way of storing tomatillos, but the experience was worth it. This article aims to assist you and to provide you the ways on how to store tomatillos without dealing with frustration that I went through.
Things that You May Need
- Paper bag
- Clean gloves
- Bowl of warm water
- Plastic bag
- Freezer bag
- Air tight containers
- Garden pruners
Step by Step Procedure
Known as the cousins of tomatoes, tomatillos are one of the most acclaimed fruits for most gardeners including me. It is often used when preparing salsa or on some mexican cuisines. It is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin K.
To preserve its essential nutrients and minerals, it is significant that you know how to store tomatillos correctly. That being said, here are some of the steps that you need to do to preserve the fruit minerals and longevity.
1. Harvest Tomatillos
The first thing that must be done is to remove the tomatillo from the branch. Before doing that, double check first if the tomatillo is ready for harvest, otherwise the process would be futile.
While harvesting my tomatillos along with my wife, I always check if the fruit has expanded out from its husk.
2.1 - Store Tomatillos for Days
After the harvest, I prepare the fruits for storage and before storing them, you need to decide the length of time that you would want to store the fruit. For one, it could be days, weeks or months.
If you prefer days, you can just put your tomatillos on the countertop, but make sure that the countertop is dry, clean and cool.
2.2 - Store Tomatillos for Weeks
For me, I prefer to store my tomatillos for two or three weeks the most. So, what I usually do is that I don’t remove the husk. I have the paper bag near me, and then I place all of the harvested tomatillos on the paper bag and store them.
I refrigerate the bags. Don’t worry, based on experience, the paper bag usually absorbs moisture from within.
Another method that you need to know on how to store tomatillos is using a plastic bag or you can opt for a freezer bag. The catch is, you need to soften the husk first and one way to do that is to get a bowl of warm water and soak the fruits on it.
If you notice the husk slowly separating from the fruit, you can then peel the husk using your hand. After the husk is removed, dry the tomatillos and place it inside the plastic or freezer bag. Once that is done, refrigerate it.
2.3 - Store Tomatillos for Months
While others prefer to store tomatillos for short period of time, others prefer to store it for longer periods of time. To ensure the preservation of the nutrients and minerals, you need to freeze the tomatillos. I have done this method many times and I find this process practical and ideal.
To store the tomatillos to last for months, you need to freeze it below zero temperature. However, before freezing the fruits, removing the husk is a must. Using your hands, remove the husk by following the previous method. Once the removal is done, change the temperature to zero.
Besides freezing, you can also use the airtight containers and store the tomatillos on it. My wife would often times boil the tomatillos or pureed it before freezing it. This method could preserve your fresh tomatillos for a year.
Do and Don'ts
The process is easy but don’t get sidetracked along the way. Here are some of the dos and don'ts that you need to remember before storing your tomatillos. For one, you need to know when to harvest the tomatillos.
Harvesting the fruits even though it is not yet ripe will surely result to drawbacks for you. So, to prevent that, know when to harvest the fruit. For the newbies, you will know that the tomatillo is ready for harvest if its size is similar to a cherry tomato.
Also, tomatillos are ready for harvest once the 75-100 days have passed after it was planted. Take some time to watch the video below to gain more insights and data about when tomatillos are ripe.
Don’t harvest all at the same time. If the plant begins to bear fruit, harvest it one at a time. There should also be an interval. It could be 7-14 days the most. The reason for this is that, if there are intervals in the harvest, your plant will still bear fruit. One tomatillo plant can bear 60 up to 200 fruits.
Another thing that you must remember is that don’t harvest the fruit without gaining some preliminary ways on how to appropriately harvest it.
Using a garden pruner, you can given the stem a light twist and don’t apply a lot of pressure when removing the fruit. After the fruit is removed from the plant, peel a small part of the husk so that you can check for blemishes or other problems.
Don’t let the tomatillos be overripe. You will know if the fruit is overripe if the color is dull. If the bright shades of green and yellow are not visible, then your tomatillos are already overripe and at risk of being rotten. It is imperative that you know how to store tomatillos to prevent the fruit from being wasted.
The joys of eating your own produce is more than enough to cover the hard work and labor that you have done for many months. With tomatillos, preserving and storing them are essential. It can be utilized in almost any type of dish. Even though it is not as juicy as the tomatoes, it still provides a rich flavor to satiate your palate.
To ensure that the tomatillos will not be rotten, preserve it properly and store it accordingly. With the steps mentioned above, I hope that I was able to assist you in your gardening journey. Remember to apply the steps and enjoy eating your tomatillos anytime.
If you have experienced with storing tomatillos, free free to comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts and it would be great to also learn from you and know additional means and methods on how to store tomatillos successfully.