Homegrown Tomato Juice Recipe by Gayla Trail

© Gayla Trail

Garden author Gayla Trail is venturing into the self-publishing world with Drinking the Summer Garden. A delicious collection of recipes for “thirst quenchers, concoctions, sips, and nibbles” that any gardener can prepare at home. This guide is the first in what will become a series of self-published garden guides in collaboration with her partner, Davin Risk.

Since we’ve been on a bit of a tomato kick recently at TreeHugger, I asked my gardening comrade if she would contribute her recipe from the guide for homegrown tomato juice to help TreeHugger readers put all of those heirloom tomatoes we’re growing to good use. The following is Gayla’s original recipe, plus information on how you can buy Drinking the Summer Garden.

Homegrown Tomato Juice


3 pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped 1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, chopped
1⁄2 red bell pepper, chopped
1⁄2 cup fresh parsley (stems and leaves), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
Pickled green tomatoes, for garnish (page 17)

Place the tomatoes, onion, celery, bell pepper, parsley, oregano, and salt in a large pot and simmer on medium-low heat until the vegetables are cooked through and soft, about 20 minutes. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.

Press through a food mill or old-fashioned chinois and discard solids.

Stir in the honey and lemon juice and season with black pepper and/or more sea salt to taste.

Serve in a frosty glass on ice, garnished with skewered cherry tomatoes, pickled onion, or sliced cucumber. Store the juice in the fridge for a couple of days.

Drinking the Summer Garden features 40 easy, delicious original recipes on pickling, fermenting, handcrafting liqueurs, and more. This self-published booklet is offered as a $9.99 eBook Bundle. You’ll get a MOBI file, EPUB file and PDF to read the guide in the digital device of your choice. There is also a single Kindle edition. If holding a product in your hand is more to your liking, a $19.95 paperback is also available.

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