Gracie’s Spicy Tomato Juice

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How’s your tomato crop coming along?  Got tomatoes?  Well, here’s my tasty take on tomato juice.  I hope you like it spicy!  (Probably makes a great Bloody Mary without the need to add anything but the alcohol.)  The recipe below yields 2 cups.  Try it and let us know what you think!  If you enjoy the 2-cup recipe, double it, bottle it, and have it in your fridge for a few days.  If you do that, remember to shake before pouring!  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2# tomatoes
  • 1t celery seed
  • 1T sugar
  • 1t salt
  • 1t black pepper
  • 2t tabasco (hot sauce)
  • 2t lemon juice

Directions

  • Cut tomatoes small but not chopped. Leave skins and seeds (for ease, as these will be strained later).
  • Put all ingredients into a 3-qt saucepan.
  • Stir to mix ingredients.
  • Cover the pan.  (Don’t want to lose any tomato vapors.)
  • This happens quickly when covered:  Cook on medium to bring to a boil, then immediately:
  • Lower heat, stir, allow to boil slowly, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice occasionally.
  • Strain through a screen into a heat-proof bowl or another saucepan, squishing all juice out.
  • Discard skins and seeds.
  • Let juice cool, then put in a bottle and chill in your refrigerator.
  • Serve.

Yield: 2 cups (16 oz)

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Grace currently hails from the shores of North Carolina, a trial retirement location, where she programs and broadcasts a weekly local news show on (all-volunteer) Radio Hatteras. Homesickness overwhelms her many days. A 50-year resident with a heart for Frederick, Grace attended West Frederick Junior and Frederick High Schools. A de facto paralegal from the days when legal secretaries did much research and writing, Grace worked in private law firms. Other employment included IBM, radio, band music, Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, and a long term position with the Montgomery County Council where she retired as a facilities manager. Grace was a minority practical conservative in a liberal charter government. Notwithstanding that environment, Grace is a resourceful, logical, thrifty, innovative, and independent thinking woman--and a great cook! She has been described as “thorough and meticulous.” Having cut her teeth in local government for 28 years, she is well acquainted with the workings of charter government. Grace will share writings of her amusements and observations...and, yes, recipes!