Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by Pauline
Tomatoes might not be the first food you think of when you want to make homemade juice, but the are some benefits to making tomato for yourself.
Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants and have a high acidity level that is really good for staving off infections. Tomatoes are packed with all sorts of nutrients, so it makes sense that you should look for ways to incorporate them into your diet.
Maybe the idea of tomato juice isn’t very appealing, and it might make you wonder why anyone would want to chug vegetables, but tomato juice can actually be a delicious (not to mention nutritious) beverage.
Drinking tomato juice regularly can provide all sorts of health benefits. One of the ones you might be most interested to know about is that it is great for your cholesterol.
In fact, it has been shown that drinking a glass of tomato juice each day can help reduce your belly fat, even if you make no other changes to your diet or exercise routines.
So, tomatoes and tomato juice are healthy for your cholesterol levels and good for weight loss. They are also good for your complexion, giving you great skin health. The antioxidant properties of tomatoes are helpful for people who want to stay healthy and get sick less, which I assume would be pretty much everyone.
It is also great for digestion, so if you want to improve your metabolism and other aspects of digestive health, adding tomatoes to your diet each day is a great way to do that.
Making tomato juice is easy, and I’m going to show you how to make tomato juice with a juicer. There is no need to use a blender or make it by hand- you can put your juicer to good work turning this salad topper into a cool, refreshing drink.
Removing Seeds Is Vital
I think one of the reasons why a lot of people don’t think tomatoes would make very good juice is because they know tomatoes aren’t very sweet. That’s because the seeds of the tomato can give them a slightly bitter taste. In other words, the seeds detract from the sweetness of the tomato. Once you get rid of the seeds, the tomato will be a lot sweeter.
So that’s how we’re going to start this method for how to make homemade tomato juice with a juicer. Just cut open your tomatoes and remove the seeds. You should wash the tomatoes as well, as anything on the surface tomato, like dirt, debris, and pesticides, can affect the taste and nutritional value of the tomatoes.
With washed and deseeded tomatoes, you already have tastier tomatoes. Now, it’s time to learn how to use it.
Making the Tomato Juice
Once you have your tomatoes cleaned and deseeded, you can slice them into small pieces. They don’t have to be diced very small, but rather sliced into pieces that are about an inch long. This is small enough that they can easily be juiced by your juicer.
If you plan to make fresh juice or you want to know how to make tomato juice with a juicer for canning, you’ll be using the same method and cutting the tomatoes into the same size.
You can make a juice that is either pulpy or smooth. Most juicers have a pulp collector, and you can decide whether you want to include the pulp in the juice or leave it out. If you decide to not use the pulp from the tomatoes after they have been processed through the juicer, you can simply set that in a container in the fridge and use it within a few days to make tomato soup or salsa.
Once you initially activate your juicer, give it around 10 seconds before you add anything to it or start trying to juice anything with it. This gives it enough time to power up completely.
To juice your tomatoes, put them into the juicer and use the plunger to press them down. Don’t put too many tomato pieces in at once. Drop them in one by one into the juicer.
It’s not a bad idea to add some flavouring to your tomato juice give it something other than just brought tomatoes. I like to add celery in mine for the extra flavour it provides, and of course the additional nutrition. You can simply cut stems of celery down to small pieces and add them to the juicer after the tomatoes.
Once your veggies have gone through the juicer and then processed completely, you can pour them out into a picture. I like to add a little bit of seasoning to the juice to give it some extra flavour texture. A teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of black pepper definitely make an impact on it, and it won’t hurt to add in a few drops of Tabasco sauce is well. All of this gives your juice a little extra zing and makes it more interesting.
The tomato juice should be chilled for at least an hour before you drink it.
How to Spruce Up Your Tomato Juice
I’ve given you a simple method for making tomato juice using just a juicer, but there are other things you can do as well to make the juice more interesting.
Adding crushed ice is probably the simplest and most crowd pleasing method. It gives your tomato juice a bitterly cold sensation that is perfect for cooling down on those hot summer days.
I like adding other kinds of vegetables and various ingredients to the tomato juice as well. Using the base recipe I’ve given you already, I might sometimes add in chop onions, basil, parsley, or chopped garlic. Be sure to run these through the juicer as well to liquefy them.
I like to play around with some of the base ingredients in my tomato juice recipe as well. So, I may add more salt and pepper or Tabasco sauce to give it more of a kick.
You can also do a lot of things with tomato juice, making mixed beverages with it as well as adding it to soup. Your fresh tomato juice can also be used as tomato sauce. You simply simmer it and perhaps add a few herbs. You can use it on your pizza or spaghetti or pour over meatballs. It basically becomes a homemade spaghetti sauces once you start to simmer it.