I have to start out by saying that I hate V8 juice. I've never been able to stomach it because it always tasted to me like tinned tomato soup that was doused in salt in order to cover up the metallic taste. Not unlike canned tomato soup. It wasn't until I had a Bloody Mary at Etta's in Seattle a number of years ago that I realized that tomato juice could possibly taste decent, if not good.
With my new juicer, I decided to branch out and make my own vegetable juice. I dutifully went to the store, after checking out some online recipes, and ended up concocting my own combination of ingredients (all organic) based on what was available and not exorbitantly expensive. Since we are nowhere near tomato season, organic tomatoes were something like $5 a pound, with the Roma's a few dollars cheaper per pound.
What this means is that my V8 juice wasn't exactly heavy on the tomatoes, but I made up for it with other ingredients. I didn't exactly decide how much of one thing over another went into it, I just grabbed what I felt like throwing in there from the fridge:
Random V8 Juice Recipe
green bell pepper
flat leaf parsley
Okay, you caught me, it's more like V7 juice. But, since I added the following, I'm calling it whatever I please:
fresh ground pepper
I juiced the vegetables, then added the garlic powder, salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste. It was phenomenally good, except it was a lot more filling than I anticipated and wouldn't pour myself a tanker of it next time.
Because of the high cost of tomatoes, I probably won't be making this very often, but I can't wait for summer so I can start cranking these out like crazy.
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