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Homemade Tomato Vegetable Juice

Homemade Tomato Juice, is delicious and nutritious. You can drink it fresh, or can it for winter consumption. Best of all, you control the spices and flavorings you put in. Once you master the knack of making tomato juice, you can make it taste just like store bought ...... by adding a ton of salt. But, you are making it fresh to eat healthy. So just a little salt, and a whole lot of herbs, will make for a sensational tomato or vegetable juice.

When making large amounts of juice or sauce, you will need a tomato strainer and sauce maker, to easily remove seeds and skin.  See Tomato Strainers.

Shown below is our recipe on how to make homemade tomato juice or vegetable juice.

The recipe makes approximately 5-6 quarts

Tomato Juice or Vegetable Juice?

Tomato juice is made with tomatoes, and not other vegetable ingredients.

Vegetable juice includes tomatoes as the main ingredient. The addition of any combination of other vegetables, turns tomato juice into a tasty, nutritious, vitamin filled vegetable juice. When this author's kids were little, they loved to make "V-4" and V-6" , and so forth. We used a wide variety of vegetables that were ripe in our garden, when we are ready to make it. So, each time we made it, we enjoyed a slightly different taste.

The basic ingredient for Tomato Vegetable Juices, is tomatoes, lots of them.

Vegetable Juice Ingredients (add any combination of the following):

  • 1-2 green pepper

  • One large onion, peeled and lightly chopped.

  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, peeled and lightly chopped.

  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced ,diced, or lightly chopped

  • 5-6 stalks of celery, cleaned and lightly chopped

  • 1-2 beets, cleaned, peeled and lightly chopped.

  •  2-3 dozen Spinach leaves, washed

  • Sprigs of Parsley

Preparation  Directions:

  • Wash tomatoes, remove stem, and cut into quarters.  Peeling is not necessary. The peel and seeds will be extracted in the strainer.

  • Place cut up tomatoes into a 7 quart, or larger, cooking pot. Fill almost to the top.

  • Cook on low heat.

  • If making a vegetable juice, add any or all, additional vegetables.

  • Cook until vegetables have softened.

  • Strain off some of the water, which will rise to the top.

  • Allow to cool slightly.

  • Strain through a tomato strainer

  • Add salt to taste.

  • Put into the refrigerator for fresh juice. Or, can for winter consumption.

Tip: The key to a thick tomato juice, is to strain away  much of the water content. This can be done while cooking, before straining, and after the finished product has settled.

Other Variations:

  • Some like it hot........ add a hot pepper or two

  • Basil - just a little for an interesting flavor

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A Tomato Press makes fast work preparing

sauce and juice for canning and cooking.

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