This home-canned salsa recipe appears both in So Easy to Preserve put out by the University of Georgia, and in the USDA Complete Guide. The two versions vary slightly in the options they give you, so it’s nice to compare the two to make sure you’re getting the full slate of choices available for you.
Jar size choices: Quarter-litre (½ US pint / 250 ml / 8 oz) OR half-litre (US pint / 500 ml / 16 oz)
Processing method: Water bath or steam canning
Yield: 5 x half-litre (US pint) jars
Headspace: 2 cm (½ inch)
Processing time: 15 minutes
Tomatillo Green Salsa
- 1 kg tomatillos (chopped. 5 cups / 2.25 lbs. Measured after prep)
- 200 g green chiles (stemmed, seeded and finely chopped. 1 ½ cups / 5 oz. Measured after prep)
- 75 g jalapeno peppers (stemmed, seeded and finely chopped. ½ cup / 2 oz. Measured after prep. 3 jalapenos)
- 700 g onion (finely chopped. 4 cups / 25 oz. Measured after prep)
- 6 cloves garlic (washed, peeled and finely chopped)
- 250 ml lime juice (bottled. 1 cup / 8 oz. OR same amount of bottled lemon juice.)
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin (optional)
- 3 tablespoons oregano (dried. optional)
- 1 tablespoon salt (OR non-bitter, non-clouding salt sub)
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Husk the tomatillos, wash well. Add to a pot.
- Stem, seed and chop the peppers; add to the pot.
- Peel, wash and chop the onion. Add to pot.
- Peel and chop the garlic, add to pot.
- Add all remaining ingredients (the juice and the spices.)
- Put pot on stove burner over high heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
- Lower to a simmer and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring periodically.
- Ladle hot salsa into hot jars.
- Leave 2 cm (½ inch) headspace.
- Debubble, adjust headspace.
- Wipe jar rims.
- Put lids on.
- Process in a water bath or steam canner.
- Process jars for 15 minutes; increase time as needed for your altitude.
|Required processing time in minutes per altitude|
|Jar Size||0 - 300 m / 0 - 1,000 ft||301 - 1800 m / 1,001 m - 6,000 ft||Above 1,800 m / 6,000|
|¼ litre (/12 US pint)||15 min||20 min||25 min|
|½ litre (US pint)||15 min||20 min||25 min|
How to water bath process.
How to steam can.
When water-bath canning or steam canning, you must adjust the processing time for your altitude.
For salt substitute, Herbamare Sodium-Free was used as it is non-bitter and non-clouding.
- Instead of tomatillos, the USDA Complete says you can use green tomatoes. You could also use therefore a mixture of both.
- To be clear, you don’t peel or seed the tomatillos (or green tomatoes, if using).
- The recipe says “long green chiles”, which would be the medium-hot cultivars marketed as “New Mexico Chiles” — you may want to peel those if you use them as the skins can be tough. You can use other largish green chiles, and you won’t need to peel them. If you use poblano for the green chile, you’ll want three good sized fresh ones.
- You don’t need to peel the jalapenos.
- You can actually use any colour of chile, if you don’t care about keeping the salsa all green.
- For handling this quantity of chile, you should wear plastic gloves.
- Instead of 6 cloves of garlic, you can use 3 teaspoons of minced garlic from an oil-free bottle of minced garlic.
- You could use a blend of the bottled lemon and bottled lime juice if you wished. Do not use vinegar instead — it’s not as acidic.
- Don’t change the proportion of veg to acid. The only safe changes you can make are the dry seasonings. Don’t add any fresh cilantro; use instead one of the many other salsa recipes that do call for it.
- Tomatillo Green Salsa. In: Andress, Elizabeth L. and Judy A. Harrison. So Easy to Preserve. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Bulletin 989. Sixth Edition. 2014. Page 75.
- Tomatillo Green Salsa. In: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Complete guide to home canning. Agriculture information bulletin No. 539. 2015. Page 3-22.
Note two slight differences:
- The USDA Complete adds the option of green tomatoes.
- So Easy to Preserve adds the option of lemon OR lime juice.
Per 2 tablespoons
- 18 calories, 91 mg sodium
- Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 0 points (4 tablespoons are 1 point)
- Weight Watchers SmartPoints®: 0 points (4 tablespoons are 1 point)
Per 2 tablespoons
- 18 calories, 2 mg sodium
* Nutrition info provided by MyFitnessPal
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