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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tomato Garden Juice Blend

This is wonderful, and was my canning project yesterday. You will never buy another bottle of V-8. I will bet money that not one of you will make it. That's okay, I'll think about you every time I open a jar.

Tomato Garden Juice Blend
about 14 pints or 7 quarts
print recipe

22 pounds garden fresh tomatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup chopped celery
a cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon salt (optional)
Bottled lemon juice

Wash tomatoes; drain. Remove core and blossom ends. Cut into quarters. Combine tomatoes and vegetables in a large saucepot; simmer 20 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking. Juice tomatoes in a food processor or food mill. Strain juice to remove peels and seed. Stir in salt, if desired. Heat juice 5 minutes at 190 degrees F. DO NOT BOIL. Add 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice to each pint jar, 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice to each quart jar. Ladle hot juice into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process pints 35 minutes, quarts 40 minutes, in boiling-water canner.


  1. I have several friends making tomato juice here lately. It is that time of year!

  2. you are my hero!!! Is there anything you don't make,

  3. Ha Ha You bet money that no one makes it. You win with me. I have never seen that many tomatoes except at a farmers' market. And we are drinking a lot of V8 Splash here, but everytime I drink some regular V8, I will dream of your homemade juice and how pretty it must look and how fresh it must taste.


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