Homemade V8 Juice

by Chet Day

Just about everyone I know likes V8 juice. But, unfortunately, the stuff that comes in the bottles and cans is full of salt and has had most of the life cooked right out of it.

Well, I get around these problems by making my own V8 juice, and you can too.

Read on for two good recipes, one raw and one cooked.

And, with spring well on its way here in the US, I've also tossed in an extra recipe for Watermelonade that I know you'll like as much as I do.

Let's start with my favorite V8 recipe, a raw concoction that's healthy and tasty...

Raw V8 Juice

6 medium-sized carrots
1 small beet (wash well)
3 large tomatoes
1 bag baby spinach
1/4 head fresh cabbage
1 red bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
3 stalks celery
1/4 sweet onion
1/2 clove garlic or less if you don't care for garlic
Kale leaves (a little goes a long way so be careful) Chili pepper and salt to taste

Run all the vegetables through your juicer, add salt to taste, and then sit back and enjoy the healthiest V-8 juice around. Tabasco sauce to taste can be substituted for the chili pepper.

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Tom Solomon's Spicy Hot V8

8 quarts water
4 pounds homegrown tomatoes -- chopped
1 bunch celery -- chopped
8 green jalapeno peppers -- chopped
1 cup vinegar
3 bay leaves
2 Tbs oregano
1 large onion -- chopped
1 head garlic -- pressed
4 Tbs salt
4 Tbs sugar

In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the sugar, bring to a boil, and cook at a steady boil for 2 hours.

Remove from heat and strain through a relatively fine mesh, making sure to express all the liquid you can.

Discard the pulp, return the liquid to the pot, and boil for another couple of hours, or until the liquid is reduced to roughly three quarts. Add four tablespoons of sugar, remove from heat, stir, and let cool.

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And if you want something easier to make and sweeter to the taste, try what may be the best lemonade you ever sent down your throat...

Watermelonade

1 lemon (without peel or use citrus juicer)
1/4 of a medium sized watermelon

Run the lemon and watermelon pulp through your juicer and then pour a glass over ice and take it out to the hammock and sunshine and enjoy yourself.





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