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  • How to Choose Tomatillos 
    The fruits should be solid and round with brown husks that are dry and tight-fitting. Pass up any specimens that give to pressure or have obvious soft spots. Their thick skins remain green even when ripe and have a naturally occurring sticky coating that helps preserve the fruit for several weeks.

  • How to Store Tomatillos 
    Refrigerate in a paper bag for up to 1 month.

    How to Prepare Tomatillos 
    Peel off husks and wash just before using. Cooking deepens the flavor and softens the tough skins; like tomatoes, they can be cooked and then frozen.

  • How to Use Tomatillos 
    Purée raw tomatillos into a chunky green salsa, or stew them as you would tomatoes for a richer flavor.

    —Melinda Page

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