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Homemade Bottled Tomato Juice

ingredients

tomatoes

for each litre of prepared juice:

250 ml water
2 tbsp (25 g) 1 oz granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
a pinch of pepper

method

1. Choose firm, ripe, red tomatoes, cut them roughly into quarters and heat them in a covered saucepan until they are soft.

2. Rub through a stainless sieve and measure the juice.

3. Add the water, sugar, salt and pepper in the proportions given above.

4. Stir to mix, re-heat, and bottle, leaving 1 cm headspace under the screw cap.

5. Place the filled jars on a false bottom in a pan of water at 90°C (fast simmer).

6. The water must cover the jars.

7. Heat the water to boiling point (100°C) and maintain for 10 minutes.

8. Remove the jars to a dry wooden board or sheets of newspaper, and secure the seals.

9. The following day test the seal, and clean, label, and store

To sterilise bottles see Sterilising Bottles.

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