Saturday, July 30, 2011

Tomato Juice & V8

I use lots of Tomato & V-8 juice to make soups and chili. We love to heat juice up in the winter time and drink it warm instead of cold. Warm V-8 is so very yummy!

Tomato Juice
Use ripe juicy tomatoes. Wash, remove stem ends and cut into chunks. Simmer on the stove until softened, stirring very often. Put through a strainer. Reheat at once just to boiling. Add 1 teaspoon salt to each quart of juice. Fill quart jars with boiling hot juice to ½ inch of top. Wipe rims with clean damp cloth and adjust the jar lids. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes for pint or quart jars. As soon as you remove the jars from the canner complete seals if necessary.

Now I've been making V-8 juice and canning it for a few years now. Here are a couple recipes I found on line. I just use what I have on hand. I run it all through the juicer then heat it up and bottle it. We all decided it doesn't taste right if there isn't some beet in it so make sure you run some beet through the juicer too! If you don't have a juicer than chop it all up and cook on the stove like the tomato juice was done and you can run it through a sieve or a blender would work well too! These recipes are just a guideline! Like I said I just use what I have on hand! Always have carrots, tomatoes and beets in the garden then add 5 other veggies that we have out there too! Hoping to have a full bed of spinach to add in but 1 week later no sign of little plants yet! Experiment with seasonings until you get the taste you want.

V-8 Juice
8 carrots, cut into chunks
4 stalks celery, cut into chunks
6 tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 bunch fresh spinach
handful of parsley
1/2 a white onion
1 fresh, raw beet, cut into chunks
1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic
Run all ingredients through your juicer. Stir, chill, stir and serve.

Make Your Own V8 juice
15 lb fully ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 c celery, chopped
3 lg onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced/mashed
2 t salt
3/4 t pepper
2 t prepared horseradish
1/3 c lemon juice
Worcestershire to taste
1/4 c sugar, or to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large pan over med/high heat. When mix boils, reduce heat to med and continue to cook for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool 10 minutes. Using a blender, puree until smooth, using about 1/4 of the mix at a time. Strain and discard pulp if using as a drink.

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