pickled + preserved

freezing tomatillos – save that salsa making for later

Sometimes the garden throws more at you than you can squirrel away at one time. While I am continuously picking and freezing kale (when we don’t eat it fresh) and we are up to our ears in canning, it’s good to know there are quicker methods at hand. For instance, we just learned you can freeze tomatillos with next to no prep work. A helpful little tip that allows us to put more time into preserving produce that needs more thorough attention. You know, like these tomatoes.

Every morning I tend the gardens and pick what’s ripe. And now, when I pick tomatillos I no longer question their future.


Freezing tomatillos

Once I get these guys inside, I peel the husk and wash the extreme stickiness off both the tomatillos and myself.

After drying the the tomatillos off, they are placed on one of our handy toaster oven baking sheets lined with wax paper. (You are either a toaster oven person or you’re not. I married a toaster oven person.) The size is handy for sliding into the freezer with ease…no matter how full of frozen kale and okra it is.


I let the tomatillos freeze for a few hours and then place them into a freezer safe zip-lock bag. Freezing them before this step insures they won’t stick together in the bag.

freezing-tomatillosOne thing I do, is to press all the air out of the bag and roll them up tight. I do this each time more is added to the bag.

That’s it. As I pick more I’ll go through the same process. I want to accumulate a lot for our next round of salsa verde, cause you know we’ve got that salsa snack addiction.

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    August 2, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Do you thaw the frozen tomatillo before using? Can you roast them after they have been frozen?

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      October 1, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I usually toss them into the crockpot frozen. Roasting? No, the fibers holding the fruit together are stretched apart with the freezing process. The result? Mushy.

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    August 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for this!! This is the first year I am growing them and my tomatillos are just beginning to get ready for harvest. This is so helpful.

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