After making a couple of batches of salsa verde using tomatillos, Vince suggested I try it with green tomatoes. I could grow tomatillos but I don’t because I never have enough room to grow the things I really want to grow. This year I wanted to grow purple hull peas, cream peas and okra and ran out of room before getting any of those things planted. Tomatillos get out of control fast in the garden and they’re just not worth the real estate they take up. But, if I could use green tomatoes, and they grow on the same plant that produces red tomatoes . . that’s like a 2 for 1 deal!
After a bit of research, I found a recipe for green tomato relish that was close enough to salsa that I could make a few revisions without changing the acid/produce ratio. So I ran out to the garden, picked 5 pounds of green tomatoes and enough jalapenos. Actually I picked 3 pounds and had to go back and pick 2 more pounds. I’m not a very good judge of weight I guess.
Chopped up the green tomatoes . .
Cooked it all and canned it. The top jar (1/2 pint) was made from tomatillos and the bottom jar (pint) was made from green tomatoes. If you’re wondering why two different size jars . . that means I don’t have to label! Half pints are tomatillo; pints are green tomato. Pretty simple, huh? Or, maybe it’s just lazy. No comments please.
So, we did a taste test. I had just finished making about 5 dozen chicken tamales so we each took one, divided it in half, tomatillo salsa on the right; green tomato salsa on the left.
Chad said the one made with the tomatillos was a bit sweeter and the one made with the green tomatoes was more tangy. He said he liked them equally good and if he were making them, he’d use the green tomatoes because they’re “free” . . basically. Vince said he liked the green tomato salsa better. I didn’t care because really . . it’s the cilantro I like anyway!
It is nice to know I can make it without standing at the bin of tomatillos at Wal-Mart for an hour, trying to find 5 pounds that are not squishy or oozing or all dried out! Much easier to go pick green tomatoes off my own plants.