This Homemade Tomato Juice tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve as a refreshing drink, in so many recipes or as a soup base!
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.
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.
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!
- Canned Salsa
- Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce
- How to Can Diced or Crushed Tomatoes
- Savory Canned Salsa Recipe
Recipes that Use Homemade Tomato Juice
Use this delicious homemade tomato juice as a base for so many rich recipes, like these:
- Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Sausage
- Cafe Zupas Tomato Basil Soup
- Sirloin Steak with Tomato Basil Sauce
- Mom’s Cheater Chili
How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice
- 23 lbs Tomatoes 3 1/4 lbs. per quart or 23 lbs per canner load of 7 quarts
- water approx. 1/4 c. to 1 c.
- 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 Tbsp lemon juice into sterilized quart-sized jars. Add tomato juice leaving about 1/2" air space at the top.
- Discard seeds, and skin.