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Tomato juice

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Tomato juice was first served as a beverage in 1917 by a hotel owner in southern Indiana, when he ran out of orange juice and needed a quick substitute. It offers a wonderful way to drink your vegetables in the morning.

Tomato juice contains the antioxidant lycopene. Scientific studies have suggested that lycopene consumption may protect against prostate cancer, breast cancer, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease.

  1/2 cup water
  5 pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped
  1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  1 small serrano pepper, chopped
  1/4 cup carrot, chopped
  1/4 cup celery, chopped
  1/4 cup onion, chopped
  1 tablespoon salt
  2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste


Combine the ingredients In a large Dutch oven or soup kettle. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Cool. Press mixture through a food mill or fine sieve. Refrigerate or freeze. Shake or stir juice well before serving.

Fun Variations

Add 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish.

Add 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce.

Add hot pepper sauce to taste.

Garnish with celery ribs.

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