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Tomatillo Green Salsa
5 cups chopped tomatillos (about 2-3 pounds)
2 cups chopped roasted green chiles , see**note below
4 cups chopped vidalia onions
1 cup bottled lime juice
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon large grain pink sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
dash of chili powder
Yield: About 4-5 pints
Caution: Wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face while handling or cutting hot peppers. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes.
Preparing Tomatillos: Remove the dry outer husks from tomatillos; wash thoroughly. They do not need to be peeled or seeded.
Hot Pack: Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir frequently over high heat until mixture begins to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 2O minutes, stirring occasionally. Ladle hot into clean, hot pint jars, leaving ½-inch head-space. Remove air bubbles and adjust head-space if needed. Wipe rims of jars with a dampened, clean paper towel; apply two-piece metal canning lids. Process in a boiling waterbath canner 15 minutes,
adjusting for your local altitude (0-1,000ft 15 mins : 1001-6000ft 20mins : 6001ft-above 25 mins)
**NOTE: you can use any 2 cups of chopped hot peppers: The skin of long green chiles may be tough and can be removed by heating the peppers. Usually when peppers are finely chopped, they do not need to be skinned. If you choose to peel chiles, slit each pepper along the side to allow steam to escape. Peel using one of these two methods:
Oven or broiler method to blister skins - Place chiles in a hot oven (400°F) or broiler for 6 to 8 minutes until skins blister.
Range-top method to blister skins - Cover hot burner (either gas or electric) with heavy wire mesh. Place peppers on burner for several minutes until skins blister.
To peel, after blistering skins, place peppers in a pan and cover with a damp cloth. (This will make peeling the peppers easier.) Cool several minutes; slip off skins. Discard seeds and chop.
Jalapeno peppers, if used, do not need to be peeled, but seeds are often removed.
I used one pint of my already canned Roasted Green Chiles in this recipe (link click here)
USING GREEN TOMATOES: You may use green tomatoes in this recipe instead of tomatillos and bottled lemon juice in place of lime juice.
The only other change you can safely make in this salsa recipe is to change the amount of spices and herbs. Do not alter the proportions of vegetables to acid and tomatoes because it might make the salsa unsafe.
Do not substitute the lemon or lime juice with vinegar
Recipe Adapted from: NCHFP
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