Homemade Tomato Juice

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This Homemade Tomato Juice tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve as a refreshing drink, as an ingredient in recipes, or as a soup base!

We love growing tomatoes in our garden each summer for canning. If you love canning as much as we do, we hope you will enjoy this and all of our other easy canning recipes!

Two glasses of tomato juice and three quart jars of canned tomato juice

Homemade Tomato Juice

Homemade Tomato Juice is so rich, delicious, and filling! It tastes so much better than V8 Juice and probably a lot better for you since you know exactly what is in it. I am not even kidding, this stuff is like liquid gold at our house. Even the kids love drinking it! I like it best drinking it ice cold, but I save plenty to use in all sorts of recipes and as a base for many soups. If you’re not sure about making your own tomato juice, read on. It’s really quite simple and it tastes so much better than those store bought varieties.

Three quart jars of tomato juice and a glass of tomato juice with a celery stalk in it for garnish.

Canning Tomato Juice

When canning tomato juice, follow the directions in the recipe card below, but make sure to leave about a half inch of air space at the top. Store it in a cool, dry place and you’ll be able to enjoy this juice for up to two years. If you are looking to make a LOT of juice (which I like to make at least 25 quarts at a time) you will want to save yourself some frustration by getting a Tomato Strainer. THIS is the EXACT one that I use. I also have the little attachments, seen here. This will save you lots of time having to press everything by hand through a colander. I have seen cheaper ones on Amazon and even one that attaches to a Kitchen Aid— I am sure all of them are great (I am really tempted by the Kitchen Aid one because you don’t have to manually turn the crank… if I cave and get it I will let you know). Anything that keeps you from having to do extra work is a winner in my book.

Three quart jars of canned tomato juice with tomatoes and celery stalks

Is Drinking Tomato Juice Good For You?

According to the National Institute of Health food sources that are high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, have many potential health benefits. Lycopene may reduce the risk of certain cancers, help with cardiovascular disease, and get this… reduce the risk of SUNBURN. These are just a few of the potential health benefits from drinking tomato juice. Read more about the health benefits from the source at the National Institute of Health.

Two glasses of fresh tomato juice and canned tomato juice jars in the background.

Reduced Sodium Tomato Juice:

Did you know that store-bough tomato juice can be VERY high in sodium? This causes the store-bought juice to lose some of it’s health benefits. By making tomato juice from scratch at home, you have full control over the amount of sodium that is added! Reduce the salt in your juice to your specifications in this recipe and enjoy your healthy drink!

More Canned Tomato Recipes

We end up with bushels of tomatoes from our garden each year and it seems they go bad before we can use them all. Here are some of our favorite ways to can tomatoes so we can enjoy them all year long. Try a few for yourself!

Recipes that Use Homemade Tomato Juice

Use this delicious homemade tomato juice as a base for so many rich recipes, like these:

Canned Homemade Tomato Juice in a glass with a piece of celery sticking out.

Make It A Virgin Bloody Mary

Turn this tomato juice into a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary by simply adding a squeeze of fresh lemon and a few drops of hot sauce (such as Tabasco sauce). Serve with celery and/or pickles.

FAQs About This Recipe

What tomatoes work best?

When it comes to juicing tomatoes, it’s always a good idea to use nice, beefy, juicy varieties but you almost can’t go wrong with any kind. Some of our favorites are Jack’s Whoppers (these grow GREAT in our area do this is a favorite), Early Girl, Beefsteak, Better Boy, Celebrity, or Brandywine. Check your local nurseries to see what varieties grow best in your area.

How long does tomato juice last?

If you are making it fresh and storing it in your refrigerator in an air-tight bottle or jar, tomato juice can last 2-3 days. If you decide to can your tomato juice, it can last 12-18 months after it has been canned. After the jar has been opened, it can last 2-3 days, refrigerated– same as if it were fresh.

Is it okay to drink tomato juice every day?

Yes! And there are lots of health benefits in doing so including weight loss, better digestion, lower cholesterol, and healthier skin. Not to mention tomatoes are chock-full of antioxidants! The benefits far outweigh the downsides for most, but everyone is different so it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to see what works best for you.

Does tomato juice reduce body fat?

In a study done by the Department of Nutrition in China, and published by the National Institute of Health, it was found that tomato juice supplementation significantly reduced body weight, body fat, waist circumference, and BMI in healthy women between the ages of 20-30. Pretty cool. Right?! Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/

How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

Canned Homemade Tomato Juice in a glass with a piece of celery sticking out.

Homemade Tomato Juice

4.91 from 21 votes
This Homemade Tomato Juice tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve as a refreshing drink, an ingredient in recipes, or as a soup base!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Canning
Cuisine American
Servings 7 quarts

Ingredients

  • 23 pounds tomatoes 3 ¼ pounds per quart or 23 pounds per canner load of 7 quarts
  • water approximately ¼ cup to 1 cup

Per Quart of Juice:

Instructions

  • Wash, core and remove blemishes from tomatoes. 
  • Cut into small sections.
  • In a large stock pot, add tomatoes and very little water (at most 1 cup). 
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Put through colander to remove seeds and skin (see above notes for tips). 
  • Discard seeds and skin.
  • Return juice to the stock pot and bring to a boil again, adding salt, onion salt, and celery salt according to how many quarts of juice you have yielded.
  • If canning, pour 2 tablespoons lemon juice into sterilized quart-sized jars. Add tomato juice leaving about 1/2" air space at the top. 
  • Discard seeds, and skin.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 13gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 552mgPotassium: 3532mgFiber: 18gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 12415IUVitamin C: 204mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 4mg

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    1. You add the lemon juice before adding the tomato juice. You put the lemon juice in the clean, empty jars. Hope this helps!

  1. I have the sieve attachment for my KitchenAid mixer and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I use it for tomatoes, fruits (I make lots of pear butter because I don’t have to use sugar) and anything that needs to be pureed.
    Get one, you’ll be glad you did!

    1. I have the KitchenAid attachment. What a game changer. No blanching, no peeling ~ just AWESOMENESS!!!!!!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m buying tomato juice in stores. But had no clue this was so easy to make at home. Thanks! I will definitely give your recipe a try. Looks so healthy and super simple.

  3. Are we talking about adding lemon juice to raise the acidity of tomatoes?! COOKED and processed tomatoes? Yikes.

    1. Hi Chef! This is how we’ve done it in our kitchen for years! Do you have a different way of doing it?

  4. 5 stars
    OMG! This tomato juice is absolutely amazing! We had lots of tomatoes this year and canned 17 quarts of tomato juice. So much better than store bought. Super simple to make. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Perfect tomato juice for Bloody Marys! I also have a super fantastic recipe for tomato cheddar biscuits which requires tomato juice. This is the BEST for that!

  6. 5 stars
    I love tomato juice and never thought to make it myself, but this recipe was amazing, super easy to make, and perfect, I love that I know 100% of the ingredients that were used to make it!

  7. 5 stars
    I drank homemade tomato juice as a kid and have always wanted to make it myself. I’ll plant some extra tomato plants this year and make some delicious juice.

  8. 5 stars
    I served this and people wanted to know what brand it was. When I said that I made it, one of my guests was astonished. She didn’t know you could make tomato juice. Excellent recipe canning it keeps it stable for a very long time.

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