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.
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
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.
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=2207 Tomato Powder Dehydrated/How to Use
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=505 Tomato Canning
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=408 Tomato Soup
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=527 Chili Sauce Canned
http://www.candysfarmhousepantry.com/?p=384 V7 Juice