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Homemade Bloody Mary Mix (Spicy Vegetable Tomato Juice)

August 17, 2009
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  • Serves 2 quarts
Author Notes

Every summer I can several quarts of this spicy drink. It's absolutely delicious icy cold (usually right from the mason jar in the fridge,) but one of my friends tells me that each jar, when opened, calls out "I want to be a Bloody Mary." Most people don't bother canning any more, and tomato products are tricky, so I've reduced the recipe to make 2 quarts - enough to serve a group at brunch. —MrsWheelbarrow

What You'll Need
  • 5 pounds assorted tomatoes, washed well, quartered, all stem ends and blemishes removed
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 1 sweet pepper - I like Cubanelles, banana peppers, or Jimmy Nardellos (If you can find them)
  • 1 handful spinach leaves, washed & stemmed (can substitute kale or chard)
  • 1 jalapeno, including seeds & stems (can substitute more or hotter peppers, according to taste)
  • 2 carrots, rough chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  1. In a non-reactive large stockpot, add tomatoes and start cooking as you chop, crushing with a large spoon or potato masher as you go. Keep cooking at a slow simmer as you complete the next steps.
  2. Add onion, pepper, spinach, jalapeno and carrots to the blender and blend to a puree. Add in some of the tomato liquid if it gets too thick to blend. Add to the tomatoes. Add celery seed.
  3. Simmer, covered, 90 minutes.
  4. Pour through a food mill to remove skins and seeds. Add lemon juice and salt and pour into a two quart pitcher or other container. Cover tightly.
  5. Chill well for at least one day.
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8 Reviews

Becky D. September 13, 2017
I don't have a food mill, would a food processor work? If so, would that change the process at all?
MrsWheelbarrow September 13, 2017
The food mill makes a smooth juice by removing seeds and some of the fibrous nature of the ingredients. If you don't have one, push the ingredients through a sieve.
Crystal September 30, 2016
How long could this be canned for?
MrsWheelbarrow September 30, 2016
It is shelf stable for one year.
ejk November 16, 2009
I would like to can this--any tips? Can i bwb for about 50 min
Jennifer P. August 18, 2009
Like Kesley, if my husband sees this he'll want it too—he loves Bloody Marys.
Kelsey B. August 17, 2009
I just showed this to my husband and he wants me to make it for him. Immediately. This looks awesome!
WinnieAb August 17, 2009
Wow- this looks fantastic!