For as long as I can remember, I’ve very much had a preference for making recipes that are both quick and easy to make. Today I’m going to be sharing a homemade tomato recipe that is really easy to make and is so much better than anything you can buy in a bottle!
How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice in a Blender
- Prep the ingredients. You’ll start by taking very ripe tomatoes. Core and chop them. Chop up the celery as well.
- Add all ingredients to the blender. Add the chopped tomatoes and celery into the blender, along with honey, Tabasco Red Sauce (this is optional and can be skipped if you don’t want your tomato juice to be too spicy), salt, and black pepper. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
3 Reasons Why Homemade Tomato Juice is Better Than Store-Bought Tomato Juice
Don’t let the simplicity of this tomato juice recipe fool you though. Even though it’s quick and easy to make, here are 3 reasons why this homemade tomato juice is better for you than store-bought brands.
- No unhealthy additives or preservatives. When you buy canned brands of tomato juice from the store, the odds are pretty good that they contain a variety of additives and preservatives that are meant to drastically extend the product shelf life.
- Lower sugar content. A lot of store-bought tomato juice brands have a surprisingly high sugar content. When you make this recipe, you’re able to keep the sugar content to a minimum, especially if you use low-carb sweeteners like Stevia.
- Lower sodium content. Canned tomato juices on store shelves are typically made with a lot of sodium, unlike this homemade recipe.
3 Signs That Your Tomato Juice is Starting to Go Bad
If you’re not sure what to look for, here are 3 signs that your tomato juice is starting to go bad:
- Sour smell. If you notice a rather sour aroma coming from the tomato juice, it’s time to toss it out. Tomato juice tends to ferment over time, which can contribute to its alcohol or vinegar-like aroma.
- Discoloration. When your tomato juice starts to go bad, it will gradually change from its normal red hue to a more thick, brownish texture.
- Visible mold. Last but certainly not least, if you notice any signs of mold in the tomato juice like a faint white or green fuzzy layer, you should immediately throw it out.
How to Store Tomato Juice for Later (+How Long Will It Keep?)
The best way to store this tomato juice for later use is to seal it up in an airtight container to store in the fridge. Make sure that the container is tightly closed and your juice should last in the fridge for 5 to 7 days.
Can I Freeze Homemade Tomato Juice?
Absolutely! The best method for freezing your tomato juice is to use freezer safe containers (or you can even use an ice cube tray to create a batch of small individual servings). Pour the juice in and leave at least one inch of headspace at the top to allow room for the juice to expand as it freezes.
When you’re ready to thaw the juice out, simply remove from the freezer and either leave it in the fridge or hold it under cold running water.
Does Freezing Kill the Nutrients in Tomato Juice?
No, freezing your tomato juice will not kill any of the nutrients found in the ingredients. Freezing produce like tomatoes and celery is a great way to ensure that they maintain their nutritional value for as long as possible if you won’t be able to eat them before they normally spoil. (1).
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The Best Homemade Tomato Juice (Made in a Blender!)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 pound very ripe tomatoes, cored and chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 1 tsp honey
- a few drops Tabasco Red Sauce (optional)
- salt and black pepper to taste
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Check Out These Other Mouthwatering Tomato Recipes
There’s a lot you can do with fresh tomatoes. Just take these recipes for example. These are incredible and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for bright flavors.
- Marinated Tomato Salad with Pickled Red Onions and Garlic Croutons – Homemade garlic croutons are paired with pickled red onions and a tasty tomato salad mixture to create one salad recipe that you’re definitely going to want to bookmark.
- 7-Ingredient Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (Makes the Best Easy Pasta) – You’ll never want to buy pesto from stores again once you see how easy it is to make your own from scratch with sun dried tomatoes.
- Chunky Cucumber Tomato Salad with Avocado Vinegar Dressing – This recipe has a very good chance of becoming your next ‘go to’ cucumber tomato salad. It has that nice crunch from the cucumber and tomato finished off with a creamy, tangy dressing.
More Good Homemade Tomato Juice Recipes
- Spicy Tomato Juice (Veggie Inspired)
- Refreshing Tomato Carrot Juice (Perchance to Cook)
- Homemade Bloody Mary Mix (Fork in the Road)
- Homemade V8 Juice (Bohemian Vegan Kitchen)
- Tomato Vegetable Juice (Olga’s Flavor Factory)
- Apple, Tomato and Carrot Juice (Caribbean Green Living)
- Tomato Cilantro Juice (The Pescetarian and the Pig)
- Beetroot, Carrot, Tomato & Ginger Juice Recipe (Archana’s Kitchen)