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Fresh Tomato Juice: From Garden to Glass

Garden Gold – How to Craft the Perfect Tomato Juice

Tomato Harvesting
Selecting the right tomato is the first step in crafting the perfect juice. You’re seeking fruits that are firm yet yielding to the touch, boasting a vivid red hue and a skin that’s taut and glossy. If you’re growing your own, the best indication is the color transformation from green to a deep, luscious red. A ripe tomato will easily part from its stem with a gentle twist.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preparation:
    • Start by washing your tomatoes under cold running water to rid them of any garden grit.
    • Using a sharp knife, remove the stems and any blemishes or spots. Slice a small X at the bottom of each tomato; this will aid in the peeling process.
  2. Blanching:
    • Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a roaring boil.
    • Once boiling, immerse the tomatoes for 20-30 seconds or until the skins begin to peel away at the X mark.
    • Immediately transfer the tomatoes to a bowl of ice-cold water to halt the cooking process. The skins should now effortlessly slide off.
  3. Juicing:
    • Quarter your peeled tomatoes and transfer them to a blender or food processor. Pulse until you achieve a smooth consistency.
    • Strain the blended tomatoes through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. This will help you achieve a velvety, pulp-free juice.
  4. Seasoning:
    • Taste your juice. If desired, add a pinch of salt or some freshly cracked pepper. For an aromatic twist, consider infusing with fresh basil or a sprig of rosemary.
  5. Storing:
    • Transfer the juice to a clean glass bottle or jar and refrigerate. Best enjoyed within 3-4 days.

Chef’s Note: Fresh tomato juice is a world away from its store-bought counterpart. Its vibrant color and depth of flavor are unparalleled. Whether sipped on its own, or as the base for a culinary concoction, it’s a testament to the beauty of home-grown and handcrafted. Cheers to the bounties of your garden!


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