I estimate I had about 4 pounds of tomatoes. These were the orange tomatoes that I picked in the garden a few weeks ago before the rain hit. I just let them ripen on the counter. I cut them in halves or quarters and threw them in the crockpot. I added about 2 teaspoons of dried basil, 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 1/4 cup chopped carrots, 3 chopped bell peppers, about a teaspoon of salt, several chopped hot peppers (padrons, cherry bombs, Thai peppers, and jalapenos.) I added about 2 cups of water and cooked it on low for about 8 hours. After 8 hours, I ran it through the sieve to separate out the seeds and the skin. Using the sieve also "squished" the other vegetables so that I would just get the juice and the pulp.
|Tomato Juice cooking in the crockpot.|
I don't usually like tomato juice but this batch was pretty amazing. It had just enough "bite" from the combination of hot peppers. I ended up with just over 2 quarts of juice. I will leave some of it in the refrigerator for my husband to drink and put some in the freezer to enjoy later as juice or in soup.
|Delicious Tomato Juice|
Usually, I use the recipe in my Ball Blue Book for Tomato Garden Juice Blend and I can it. Since my husband is the one that drinks it, I can usually get his help. As I was writing this post, I searched the Ball website: freshpreserving.com and I could not find this recipe. It is in my 2009 version of the Ball Blue Book. I did a web search and I found it on www,recipelion.com.
Comment below if you give this recipe a try! It would make some amazing soup broth if you don't like to drink tomato juice.