Monday, August 24, 2015

Whats Happen At Country Taste Farm

Hot, Cold, Rain It's The Weather what Can we Do Smile and Be Happy It's Minnesota, If you Don't Like the Weather, Just Waite it Change. Summer is winding Down fall produce will be showing up in your share soon. Winter Squash will be ready i a couple weeks.

Whats in your CSA Share This Week
Tomatillos (1 pound) Remove from Plastic bag and store on counter or refrig see storing below.
Onion Red and Walla Walla
Sweet Bell Peppers
Lunch Box Peppers
Sweet Corn
Tomatoes

"Know Your Farmer Know Your Food"

Tomatillos 
What are they? Tomatillos are also called "tomate verde" in Mexico (which means green tomato) and are considered a staple in Mexican cooking. Tomatillo is a member of the nightshade family, related to tomatoes. It now grows everywhere in the Western Hemisphere and is common in Texas gardens.
The fruit of the tomatillo is green and about the size of a large cherry tomato. The inside is white and meatier than a tomato. They grow to maturity inside of a husk. They can range in size from about an inch in diameter to the size of apricots. They are covered by a papery husk which may range from the pale green color of the fruit itself to a light grocery-bag brown. The husks are inedible and should be removed before use.1 pound fresh tomatillos = 1 (11-ounce) can of tomatillos.
Storing Tomatillos:
If you are not going to use them immediately, leave the husks intact, wrapped around the fruit like little paper bags. Either store on the counter or in the refrigerator. They should never be stored in air-tight containers. They will keep well for several weeks to a month. They may also be frozen whole or sliced. 
 Cooking Tomatillos:
Tomatillos can by very inconsistent in flavor, with some being sour and others tasting mild and sweet. If the tomatillos are to tart for your taste, try adding a little sugar to balance the taste.
Raw - Raw or uncooked tomatillos are often in Mexican sauces. They add a fresh citrus-like flavor.
Blanching - Blanching mellows the flavor. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the whole tomatillos (husks removed and rinsed) and boil for approximately 5 minutes or until soft. Drain and crush or puree as directed in your recipe.
Fire Roasting - Roast under the broiler, with a propane torch, or over an open flame such as a grill. Make sure the heat is quite hot before roasting. If the heat is not hot enough, the tomatillos wil turn mushy before being charred. The charred or slightly blackened skins will enrich your sauces with a smoky flavor.
Dry Roasting - This will produce an earthy, nutty flavor. Place the tomatillos in a heavy fry pan (preferably a cast iron pan). Turn heat to low and roast for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, turning occasionally.
 

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