Why are tomatillos sticky?

Why are tomatillos sticky?

If any insects get through the papery husk, the tomatillo's first line of defense, they encounter the sticky film. This film contains chemical compounds called withanolides that insects find bad tasting. So voila, they leave the tomatillos alone! Luckily for us tomatillo eaters, the sticky film rinses off quite easily.

Why is salsa verde bitter?

Raw fresh peppers can taste "grassy" (for lack of a better word) and the combination and amounts of what was added may have caused the bitterness. Some honey, sugar, or more acidity probably would've brought down the bitterness in the salsa and balanced it out.

What are tomatillos used for?

These green beauties may be used mostly in Mexican cooking, as tomatillos take on the starring role in salsa verde. But you can use this bright summer staple to add a bit of acidity and sweetness to a variety of dishes, like salads, hot dogs, pork, even eggs.

What can I add to salsa to make it better?

If your salsa is too bland, raw or sautéed white or yellow onions, onion powder, or a pinch of cumin could help fix the problem. Cilantro is always a great way to add more of a savory-spicy taste to your salsa. Fresh is best, of course, but the dried stuff will work, too.

What do tomatillos taste like?

Tomatillos have a tart, fruity, and slightly herbal flavor. They're most often used in salsas and sauces, although they can also be eaten raw (and have a more acidic taste when raw). Tomatillos can be found year-round, most often in Latin American grocery stores.

How do you use frozen tomatillos?

Place them in one layer on a baking tray (optionally lined with parchment paper) until frozen. Then place the frozen tomatillos in freezer bags. Using tomatillos: Most recipes for tomatillos are for sauces or stews, since they get mushy when cooked. They can also be chopped and used in salads.

Where can I find tomatillos?

Fresh tomatillos should be in the produce section of the grocery store. Check by the tomatoes, avocados and garlic. Some stores also carry canned tomatillos. You may find these in either the canned vegetable aisle or the international aisle by the Latin products.

How long does tomatillo sauce last?

Storage suggestions: This salsa verde should keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for at least 1 week. If you added avocado, it will keep well for about 3 days—be sure to press plastic wrap against the top surface to prevent oxidation.