Tomato Juice DIY

Heirloom Tomato

Fall has arrived and the last of my tomatoes have been harvested from the garden.  We have canned stewed tomatoes, salsa, spaghetti sauce, chili base, V7 juice, pizza sauce and dehydrated tomatoes into powder.

To celebrate the last of the harvest these heirloom tomatoes will be turned into fresh tomato juice.  The process is simple, only requiring some arm muscle.

Using the food press my mother used for so many years, these fresh tomatoes will become juice to be used in making tomato soup and so many other uses.  Number one a fresh glass of cold tomato juice.

Pressing tomatoes into Juice

This photo brings back some fond memories as a kid growing up watching and helping mom every fall make tomato juice.  Some people may ask why bother doing it by hand, just get an electric juicer and be done in half the time.

They are correct in the saving of time, but there is something down home, back to the basics and fun about squeezing all those tomatoes with a food press.  Plus if the power is ever out or the zombies are coming I can still make fresh tomato juice and all will be good in my small world.

Process of making tomato juice

Wash tomatoes
Cut out the stem and any bad parts
Put in the food press and start pressing.  Watch all that wonderful juice start to run out.  Make sure you use a big bowl to catch everything.
Just keep adding and pressing tomatoes until there is nothing left but seeds and skins in the food press.
Store in clean quart jars or freezer containers.


Tomato Juice  Tomato Powder Dehydrated/How to Use  Tomato Canning Tomato Soup Chili Sauce Canned  V7 Juice


34 thoughts on “Tomato Juice DIY

  1. There’s nothing quite like canning your own tomato juice. It’s so much better than store bought. Our tomatoes ripen in June and I already miss having those fresh tomatoes around. I need to can my own juice next season.

  2. I so miss watching and helping my Granny make tomato juice. My mom makes some every once in awhile, using the same food press that you have above. It use to belong to my Granny! Such great memories that I will always cherish!

  3. I love tomato juice. This looks like it’s pretty easy to make so I’m going to give this a try when I have tons of tomatoes next summer 🙂 Saving to make later.

  4. I’ve never made homemade tomato juice. I usually press tomatoes to make homemade marinara. Looks like a few more presses and I’m well on my way to some tasty tomato juice. I may have to try this recipe Candy. Tomato juice is a great base for soups and stews.

  5. I would love to try canning some time. It would be amazing to make my own sauce and salsa. Tomato juice is a popular drink in my house.

  6. Tomatoes have a lot of health benefits and I myself like to drink tomato juice, but only when it’s warm. You have some great canning concepts.

  7. This is very similar to a fresh tomato soup that I did earlier this year. YUM! I used what Google says is a Food Mill (I always called it a tomato sieve I think.) instead of the press.
    🙂 gwingal

  8. I’ve watched my grandmother do this, however, it got lost with the advent of technology. Homemade, all natural tomato juice is always the best.

  9. In spite of the convenience of modern gadgets, the old methods still are relevant and there is so much nostalgia associated with them. Somehow the food gets a different taste and flavour when traditional methods are used. The tomato juice looks fresh and tempting.

  10. I am a tomato fan and when I think of all the tomatoes I’ve wasted over the years when I could have turned them into tomato juice, I could kick myself. I wish I had the space for all of the untensils and canning tools you have Candy. Thank you for sharing with the Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared on social media. #BloggingGrandmothersLink Party.

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