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Happy Hour: Homemade V8

I remember unpacking my lunch in elementary school and being somewhat embarrassed by the V8 juice my mom would lovingly pack. She wasn't too keen on soda, so this was a nice option. However all of my fellow students thought it was weird, disgusting and downright scary. I recall pretending I didn't like it as much as I really did - making it seem like I was forced to drink it. Now, many years later, I realize it wasn't me or my beverage choice, but it was those kids who were weird, disgusting and downright scary. I have no problems with letting everyone know I love the salty, vegetable goodness. However, now that I'm all grown-up I like to purchase fewer processed foods, so instead of drinking V8 as often, I try to whip up my own batch when possible. For a homemade "V8" recipe,

I like mine spicy, but you can omit the jalapenos if you'd prefer.

Tom Solomon's Spicy Hot V8
From Chet Day's Natural Health

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

  1. In a large pot, combine all ingredients except the sugar, bring to a boil, and cook at a steady boil for 2 hours.
  2. Remove from heat and strain through a relatively fine mesh, making sure to express all the liquid you can.
  3. 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.
Join The Conversation
Spicyeggplant Spicyeggplant 9 years
Yum yum. I'm definitely going to give this a try during the summer while nice tomatoes are plentiful.
cindeerella cindeerella 9 years
that's awesome how there isnt too much salt in this recipe...i stopped drinking v8 because of the high sodium content =\
MissRoxy MissRoxy 9 years
I am definintely goign to have to try this. I LOVE V8 but stopped drinking it much due to the high sodium and the low sodium is nasty! I bet this recipe makes a mean bloody mary! MMM!!
LisaK LisaK 9 years
I love this stuff, but stay away because of the sodium. This looks yummy, so I will need to try this.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
lol I can't do V8. It's gross! I guess I was one of those kids you knew, huh?
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
My parents just bought this really nice juicer, so I'm looking forward to making all kinds of juices! This recipe looks very interesting, I have to try it. Spicy juice!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i love v8. they supply it at work, so i pretty much drink one everyday. although, now i am a little worried about the sodium content.
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
thanks for sharing the recipe and tbe story!
roseate roseate 9 years
I love V8 too! I might try this.
llendril llendril 9 years
great suggestion to make it yourself! i love v8, but don't drink it much anymore because of its high sodium content. the low sodium stuff just doesn't taste very good . . . i'll definitely have to try your recipe.
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