Should've Had a V8? Make Your Own More Delicious Vegetable Drink at Home Slideshow
September 11, 2015
Make DIY V8 in 9 easy steps
Should've Had a V8? Make Your Own More Delicious Vegetable Drink at Home
While the premise of V8 is healthy, the actual juice isn’t all that. The juice in V8 is made from concentrate, which means it’s a watered down version of the whole fruit’s juice. Also, additional flavors are added to enhance blandness. There aren’t any artificial flavors or preservatives, but if you are watching your salt content, you’ll definitely want to skip store bought V8. (An 8-ounce serving contains a hefty 640mg of sodium.) Splash varieties contain high fructose corn syrup and fruit juices from concentrate.
Without all the added extras, V8 could actually be a great addition to your diet. Ready to make DIY this popular supermarket juice? You can, and it only takes 9 steps.
Prepare Your Produce
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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.
Simmer It Down
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.
Time to Blend
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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.
Blend It One More Time
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Run your juice through the blender one last time, just to make sure your homemade V8 is at the consistency you want.
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.