Homemade Tomato Vegetable Juice is so rich, refreshing with tons of flavor. You can customize the flavor by adding your vegetables of choice.
- 10 lbs tomatoes
- 3–5 ribs of celery
- 2 carrots
- 1–2 onions
- 8 garlic cloves
- 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- Cut the tomatoes in half or quarters. Cut the celery into 3-4 pieces, thinly slice the carrots, peel and quarter the onion, peel the garlic. Honestly, you don’t have to cut the tomatoes, but cutting them helps them cook a little bit faster.
- Place all the ingredients EXCEPT the lemon juice in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and keep cooking, for about 30-45 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft.
- If you are using beets and carrots, they take a little bit longer to cook through and get soft, so you will need to cook the juice a little bit longer. If you are just using tomatoes, onions, garlic and celery, 30 minutes should be enough time.
- Use a potato masher or a immersion blender to mash up all the vegetables. This will get you a lot more juice and it will be faster to strain. If you have a food mill, you can use that instead. Pour in the lemon juice.
- The lemon juice will help to make sure there is enough acidity to be at a safe ph level for canning. The lemon juice won’t change the flavor. Although almost all tomatoes will already be high enough in acidity for canning – it is a simple extra step to ensure safety.
- Strain the tomato juice through a fine mesh sieve, pushing on the vegetable solids to extract as much juice as possible. Taste the tomato juice and add more salt and/or sugar if needed.
- If you don’t sterilize the jars, the juice will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator. You can also freeze tomato juice for up to 1 year.
- Sterilize your canning jars and lids.
- This is how I sterilize jars.
- Wash the jars and lids in hot and soapy water. Then I place the glass jars in a 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven for about 15 minutes. Using your dishwasher works great too.
- For the lids, I usually bring a pot of water to a boil, take it off the heat and let the lids stay in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes also.
- Pour the strained juice into the sterilized jarsleaving about 1/2″ of space at the top. Wipe the rims of the jars so that they seal properly and top with the lids.
- Out of this amount of tomatoes and vegetables, I was able to get 4 quarts plus a little bit extra. The amount will be slightly different, depending on how juicy the tomatoes are that you are using.
- Place sealed jars in boiling water bath for about 10 minutes. (Make sure you place a towel at the bottom of the pot, so that the jars are not directly touching the pot. Remove from the water and cool completely.
- Store open jars of juice in the refrigerator.
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