Tomato juice is a rich source of vitamin C, lycopene, sulfur and phosphorous. It is traditionally used to cure a wide range of conditions, due to its high levels of antioxidants. People with skin problems, gout, gall bladder problems, kidney problems, as well as overweight issues can obtain relief by taking this juice.
Wikipedia says that “tomato juice was first served as a beverage in 1917 by Louis Perrin at the French Lick Springs Hotel in southern Indiana, when he ran out of orange juice and needed a quick substitute.
His combination of squeezed tomatoes, sugar and his special sauce became an instant success as Chicago businessmen spread the word about the tomato juice cocktail.”
Uses of tomato juice
Juicing tomatoes even makes them more nutritious, and increases their utility. Scientists consider tomatoes as fruits, and recommend that tomato juice be taken alone.
However, you can add it to fries or any major meal to stimulate your taste buds and boost your appetite. Ripe tomatoes are red in color, and have a pleasant taste.
They need no sweeteners, and your kids can take it without trouble. With this ingredient, you need not use any food coloring for your recipes.
Nutritional facts and health benefits of tomato juice
Ripe tomatoes are healthy and rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain fiber, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, amino acids and minerals.
They are rich in vitamins such as Vitamin A, B6, C, thiamin, riboflavin, retinol, folate, folic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin, alpha tocopherol and vitamin E.
The minerals contained in tomato juice include copper, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, iron, selenium and manganese. These nutrients help you to overcome conditions such as:
- Lack of appetite
- Poor circulation
- Bleeding gums
- Poor digestion
- Blood shot eyes.
How to make tomato juice
Tomatoes can slip through the blender, because of their fine texture. In order to make the juicing process smooth, you can blend them with:
Step 1: Preparation process
Select sic medium sized tomatoes and wash them clean. Remove the blossom ends and any other spot on its skin. The skin of tomatoes may interfere with the taste of fresh tomato juice, and so you might find it useful to remove it.
To do this, put the tomatoes in boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes. The skin will start peeling off, and so removing it will be easier. Ensure that the juices do not come out.
Dip the tomatoes in a bowl of cold water and wait until they cool down. Remove the skin, cut each tomato into two and remove all seeds.
It is possible for you to juice the whole tomato, but you should note that a ripe tomato might have a perfect appearance but be rotten on the inside.
It is always advisable to cut the fruits at least into halves so as to ensure that they are perfectly fine on the inside before juicing them.
Chop each half into small pieces and prepare any other herbs that you intend to include to add to your tomato juice, and move on to the next step.
Step 2: The juicing process
Switch on your juicer, and wait for about ten minutes before pouring the tomatoes into the feeder. Place the juice can underneath in order to collect the juice. In case you do not have the collecting can, use a glass.
Pour the tomatoes into the feed and push them down the blender. Use a pulp collector to collect the pulp. You can pour the pulp into the shoot once again to ensure that you obtain maximum yield. Throw away the rest of the pulp, if you choose to.
Step 3: Blending with other ingredients
Once you are done juicing the tomatoes, add the other ingredients and juice them in the same manner. Onions, garlic, parsley and basil can add taste to your tomato juice, and this is wise to juice these spices among any other herbal ingredients in your recipe.
Step 4: Final steps
Disassemble your juicer and clean it before storing it.
Keep your juice in a pitcher or an airtight container. Though it can last up to three days, it is advisable for you to drink it immediately. If you want to take it chilled, keep it in a fridge for three hours.
In case you want to add flavor and taste, add a little salt, black pepper, Tabasco sauce into the juice.
Finally, nutritional information According to the USDA Nutrient Database for 1 cup of canned tomato juice (243ml):
- Calories : 41
- Fat: 0.12
- Carbohydrates: 10.30
- Fibers: 1
- Protein: 1.85
- Cholesterol: 0
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz) (tomato juice, canned, salt added):
- Energy 73 kJ (17 kcal)
- Carbohydrates 4.24 g
- Sugars 3.56 g
- Dietary fiber 0.4 g
- Fat 0.05 g
- Protein 0.76 g
- Vitamin C 18.3 mg (22%)
- Water 93.90 g
(Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.)