Fruits and vegetables are kind of a big deal. Whether you’re growing them, buying them, juicing them, or eating them, working them into your daily routine is a must. All natural fruit and vegetable juices retail for double digits and people can’t get enough of them. Though many companies have dabbled into the retail-juicing scene, V8 was one of the originals.
If you are making a “splash” style V8 juice, add your fruits as your base juice makes its final round through the blender. Think complementary flavors like strawberry and banana, kiwi and berries, or mango and peaches for the best possible outcome. If the juice is too thick for your liking, add cold water to the blender to thin it out even more.
Choose reliable produce outlets that offer fresh fruits and vegetables. The amount you buy all depends on how much juice you'd like to make!
To create the foundation for your DIY V8, be sure to include tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, and spinach. Even if your produce is organic, it has traveled from somewhere, so it’s a good idea to wash your fruits and veggies using a produce cleaner.
Chop your veggies into bite size cubes. Make sure they are small enough to cook into your desired texture for the V8 — we don’t want too many chunks! V8 is not raw. That means you will have to simmer your veggies a bit if you want to create the true, “old school” flavor.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a pad. Add the tomatoes, carrots, celery and beets and simmer on medium heat for 30-45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer your cooked vegetables and parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach to a blender. Pulse 2-3 times to break up any chunks. Continue to blend until consistency is smooth, but thick.
Transfer the juice from the blender to a food mill. Using the smallest holed plate, run the mixture through the mill evenly. Run your juice through the blender one last time, just to make sure your homemade V8 is at the consistency you want.
If the juice is too thick for your liking, add cold water to the blender to thin it out even more. Tada! You’ve done it — now it’s time to sit back, relax, and drink up your daily fruit and veggie intake. It’s that easy.