What do you do in the summer when you get your hands on 30 pounds of cosmetically challenged tomatoes? Make fresh tomato juice, of course!
I created this recipe last summer when my friend Amanda and I got our hands on a surplus of tomatoes. I have already had people asking me this year for recipes to assist in doing something with an abundance of tomatoes that they have coming out of their garden.
I am a bit of a beverage junkie. I like fresh vegetable juice a lot! I cannot think of many drinks more enjoyable in the summertime than a glass of fresh tomato juice. You can drink it all on its own or spice it up with different additions that I will include in the following recipe.
What do you need to get started?
– a good blender (I use a Vitamix brand blender)
– a fine mesh strainer
– a gallon size pitcher
– a mixing bowl
– 12 cups quartered fresh tomatoes
– Sea salt or kosher salt
– 2 celery stalks
– juice from 3 limes
– juice from 2 lemons
– 1 T Worcestershire sauce
– Pickled Calabrian Chilies (or other peppers) to your taste for spiciness (I use 4 chilies per recipe, which creates a subtle spicy kick to my juice)
– 1 T fresh grated or prepared horseradish
1) Core and cut the any blemishes from your tomatoes
2) Put the quartered tomatoes in a bowl
3) Sprinkle the quartered tomatoes with a couple tablespoons of sea salt and toss the tomatoes thoroughly with the salt (this will bring the juices out of the tomatoes)
4) Let the tomatoes sit for 5-10 minutes
5) Fill your blender 3/4 full of tomatoes and their juices, blend on high until completely pureed
6) Place your strainer over the pitcher
7) Pour the tomato juice through the strainer into the pitcher (you may have to stir the tomato puree a bit for the juice to go through the strainer)
8) Continue doing this in batches until all of the tomatoes have been pureed
9) With your last batch of tomatoes in the blender, add the celery stalks and puree with the tomatoes
10) After you have pureed and strained all of your tomato juice, add the lemon juice and lime juice
11) Add additional salt to your taste
Optional additions – Stir in your additions as you like, to taste. I pureed the chilies that I added in the blender with the seeds. Play with the recipe to customize it to your liking. The options are endless!
*Note* Since this is fresh juice, the shelf life is short. I suggest consuming the tomato juice within 48 hours.
Lesson: I will assure you that this fresh tomato juice will invigorate your senses! It will take a bit more time to make this juice compared to picking a bottle of prepared tomato juice from the shelf at the grocery store.
You are worth the time it takes to create something special for yourself. Can you think of it as a refresher? What are ways that you refresh yourself already?