Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Recipe: How To Make Your Own Vegetable Tomato Juice (Homemade V8 Juice)

Homemade Vegetable Tomato Juice (like V8 juice) 2 - FarmgirlFare.com
A cool and refreshing way to drink your vegetables (recipe here)

I have a sheep farmer friend who swears by Campbell's V8 juice when working out in the heat. She says it's more rejuvenating than drinking water or Gatorade and literally makes the difference between wanting to keel over and being able to keep going for hours.

This is the kind of stuff I need to know.

What could be even better than V8? Homemade V8! Or in this case V4, though I suppose it's technically V3 if you count the parsley as an herb and not a vegetable. Either way, this easy to make vegetable tomato juice will blow that V8 away. Did you know V8 is mostly made from water and tomato paste?

It definitely helps when you're outside slogging away, and it tastes refreshing and delicious.

To make this healthy, flavorful juice, all you do is chop everything up and toss it into a pot, then put it through a food mill. (I love my Oxo Good Grips food mill.) It's the perfect way to make use of overripe, imperfect, or just plain ugly tomatoes, which you can sometimes find for a deal at farmers' markets.

And thankfully you don't have to be sweating to enjoy it.

Would you rather have your refreshing summer vegetables raw? Check out my quick and easy gazpacho recipe.

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5 comments:

  1. Your friend is right - my husband teaches courses on the weekends and spends all day outside in the middle of a parking lot. A few cans of V8 makes the difference between him coming home completely knackered and unable to move from the couch, and feeling a little tired from having worked all day but otherwise totally normal.

    I've been told that it's largely due to the potassium, and if you can't stand the taste of V8 (guilty as charged), Pedialyte will do the trick as well.

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  2. I'm not a fan of V8, but my husband is. I expect to have a multitude of tomatoes this year, and this would be a great way to use it. I have parsley, too.

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  3. I keep saying I'm going to try this! :)

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  4. One word... switchel! You know, that ginger concoction that Laura took to Pa at haying time (also known as Haymaker's Punch) to revive them both... I usually add fresh lemon juice to mine:

    *Ginger Switchel* Makes 1-2 drinks
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    4 teaspoons sweetener (molasses, maple syrup, honey, sugar)
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    1 cup water

    Combine all ingredients in a jar or glass. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to a day.

    Shake or stir before serving. Taste and adjust sweetener, if desired. If using fresh ginger, strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth.

    Pour over ice or mix with soda water, if desired.
    (recipe from thekitchn.com)

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  5. On a hot day I like blueberry, blackberry, and hot pepper shakes. You take frozen, I always have frozen berries as a winter treat, blueberries and blackberries dump them over crushed ice and vanilla extract in the blender. Mix until smooth, pour into a glass, and drop a very small amount of pepper seeds on top.

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