Monday, August 18, 2008
Canning Tomato Juice
After yesterday's tomato juice disaster (okay, perhaps not a disaster) I got the cleaned up Victorio out again, put if back together, got a bushel of various tomatoes out of the store (anything that looked like it would not last the day) and got to work making tomatoes into juice. After an hour of vigorous grinding, I had 3+ gallons of juice in a 5 gallon pot. Soon it was simmering away and around noon I seasoned it with homemade garlic powder, kosher salt, rice wine vinegar and Worcester sauce. let the tomato juice and the seasoning marry for about 2 hours than got the canner out, cleaned up jars and lids, sterilized them, filled the jars with juice and now the first batch is boiling away. In another 15 minutes they will be done and I can sterilize the second round of jars, lids and rings and I should be done with 14 quarts of homemade and delicious tomato juice by around 6:30pm.