Juicer tomato: How to Make Tomato Juice (3 Methods)

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How to Make Tomato Juice (3 Methods)

How to make tomato juice with and without a juicer with one of three methods: blending, grating, or juicing. The resulting homemade tomato juice takes just minutes to prepare and is fresh, packed with flavor, and perfect for whipping up cocktails or storing for later!

Whether you grow your own tomatoes and have had a particularly successful year or simply want to make some homemade tomato juice sans preservatives and any other ‘nasties’ – learning how to make tomato juice at home is simple and takes just minutes – with or without a juicer.

Below I’ve included three heat-free methods for tomato juicing, as well as the heated method (in the recipe notes). Having already shared how to juice cucumber, turmeric, watermelon, ginger, carrots, and orange, – it was only a matter of time before I added homemade tomato juice to the list.

This year I’ve really found the time to embrace tomatoes in all their glory with dishes like Caprese salad, Pico de Gallo, cucumber and tomato salad, gazpacho, and more. Tomato juicing is just another thing to add to my kitchen repertoire; whether I want to whip up a virgin (or not) bloody Mary, add the juice to other juices and smoothies, sauces, or store for later – learning how to juice a tomato is simple and can be done in multiple ways. The resulting juice is packed with health benefits too!

The Benefits of Tomato Juice

Just like fresh tomatoes are packed with health benefits, the same can be said for tomato juice. Not only is it packed with several vitamins and minerals, but a single cup (240ml) of tomato juice contains nearly all the daily recommended vitamin C and over 20% of the daily Vit A.

More so, tomato juice can improve eye and heart health, and the carotenoids within the juice act as a potent antioxidant, protecting against oxidative damage and reducing inflammation, and providing protection against certain cancers.

There is also some evidence that it may prevent blood clotting and contains vitamins and minerals that are good for bone and skin health while detoxifying our bodies by boosting liver and kidney function.

In fact, there have been several studies undertaken to explore the effects of drinking tomato juice daily on the human body.

Unfortunately, many store-bought tomato juice options are also extremely high in sodium, which can negatively affect our health. That’s where homemade tomato juice comes in! 

How to Make Tomato Juice from Fresh Tomatoes

First, make sure to wash the tomatoes well and pat them dry. Depending on which method you plan to use, you may want to remove the tomato core, too.

Tomato Juicer Recipe

This method is the simplest of them all and requires no manual squeezing.

Chop the tomatoes, so they fit through the chute of your juicer.

Slowly feed them into the juicer – voila! The juicer will automatically remove the skin and seeds from the juice.

Tomato Juice in a Blender

First, chop the tomatoes into rough pieces (I did it whole this time, but it gave the machine more work to do and vibrated all over the place – whoops!).

Then blend until the mixture is juice-like and smooth – this may take a couple of minutes to properly break down.

Place a large nut milk bag or layers of cheesecloth inside a large bowl (alternatively, use a sieve) and pour the tomato mixture from the blender into it. Lift the bag/cheesecloth up and allow it to drain naturally. Then, using your hands, squeeze the leftover pulp to remove as much juice as possible.

Tomato juicer with a grater

This option is machine-free and uses a similar method to the one for making cucumber juice.

Grate or chop the tomato as finely as possible into a large bowl, then transfer than mixture to a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth layers) and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

BONUS The Heated Method

Chop your tomatoes and add them to a large pan on the stovetop over medium heat with a splash of water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Continuously stirring to soften the tomatoes.

Then, press the softened tomatoes through a sieve or food mill to extract the juice and leave behind the skin and seeds.

Return the extracted juice to the stovetop and heat over medium heat until just before boiling (around 185-195ºF/85-90ºC- don’t boil it!).

You can then can the juice or allow it to cool slightly before transferring to the refrigerator or freezer.

Why use the heated method? Heating them the first time will help to soften the tomatoes to extract as much juice as possible. The second heating will pasteurize the juice – it can also positively affect the juice’s viscosity/texture and shelf life. More so, the flavor will change and become more concentrated. I recommend trying both methods to find your preferred version. While heating the tomatoes will reduce Vitamin C levels somewhat, the lycopene will become more easily absorbable.

How to Water Bath Can Tomato Juice

I didn’t design this recipe with canning tomato juice in mind, so it’s best to refer to official sources for correctly processing tomato juice – like this tomato preservation PDF.

When canning tomato juice, you’ll need to increase the acidity of the juice. To do this, start by adding 2 tablespoons of lemon juice per 1 quart of tomato juice and mix well (or 1 tablespoon per pint). Then, follow the below steps.

Sterilize the jars: Wash the jars and lids in hot soapy water, rinsing well. Then place the jars (no rubber or plastic parts) in a pre-heated oven for ten minutes at 325ºF/160ºC to completely dry them.

Note: some dishwashers have a ‘sanitize’ option, which will wash and sanitize them.

Pour the tomato juice into the jar/s, leaving ½-inch headspace (for expansion). It can be easiest to do this with a funnel to reduce the risk of any spillage.

Add the lids and seal them, wiping any spillages clean from the outside of the jars.

Process the cans: the time needed to process the jars will depend on the altitude where you live – follow these guidelines for the correct time.

Rest for 24hrs: after processing the jars, allow them to cool at room temperature for 24 hours. During this time, the jars should properly seal, and the ‘button’ in the center of the lid should be down, creating a flat cap. If any aren’t properly sealed, you’ll need to reprocess them or move them to the fridge/freezer to store for a shorter time.

Transfer to cupboard/freezer: you can then store away the jars of homemade tomato juice. Keep them labeled in a cool dark location for up to a year or in the freezer for up to 18 months.

Once opened, store the juice in the refrigerator and aim to use it within a week.

How to Use Tomato Juice

Aside from drinking the juice alone or as part of a blend, there are several other recipe options to use your homemade tomato juice, including:

  • Bloody Mary: the classic choice, use this tomato juice for a homemade Bloody Mary (virgin or not!)
  • Fizzy: add sparkling water or fizzy lemonade to the bloody Mary.
  • Spicy tomato juice: if you’re using a juicer, you can add a jalapeno or chili of your choice to the juice, based on how spicy you’d like it to be. Alternatively, you can add a little chili/cayenne pepper to the juice and mix well. When making spicy tomato juice, I like to also add celery and bell pepper to the juice.
  • Mixed juice: there are several ways you can enjoy this tomato juice with other ingredients: orange, carrot, pear, melon, beetroot, cucumber, ginger, etc. Sweeten it with a bit of sugar or honey.
  • Soup base: you can use it in place of, or as part of, a stock. You can also add some to gazpacho.
  • Chili: you can also use leftover tomato juice in a chili instead of, or alongside, canned tomatoes.
  • Add to grains: leftover tomato juice is excellent for adding to rice and grains to add more flavor, like Mexican rice. You can do the same for pasta.
  • Smoothies/Shakes: blend a little tomato juice (or the ice cubes) into the drink of your choice.
  • Add to stock: when making homemade veggie stock, you can add a little of the tomato juice for extra flavor.

FAQs

Why is my homemade tomato juice watery/separating?

You may have noticed that store-bought tomato juice is often very smooth, velvety, and has an even texture throughout. Whereas homemade tomato juice can be watery and separate easily. This is due to the lack of pasteurization of the juice when using raw tomatoes – in fact, this is one reason that several tomato juice recipes contain a cooking element where the tomatoes are simmered before straining for juice.
However, you can enjoy the juice raw, too – just give it a good shake before drinking.

Can I drink tomato juice every day?

You sure can – as with everything, moderation is key. Unlike many juices, I also recommend not consuming tomato juice in the morning on an empty stomach. This is because it may cause gastrointestinal acid issues (especially to those already prone to them).

What can I use to season tomato juice?

There are tons of ways to jazz up this homemade tomato juice recipe. The simplest options include adding flavorings like cayenne/chili powder, hot sauce, paprika, onion or garlic powder, or celery salt as simple seasonings. Alternatively, you could add a simple combination of salt and pepper. Other flavors that pair well with tomato juice include:
– Celery/ celery salt,
– Bell pepper,
– Worcestershire sauce,
– Cucumber,
– Garlic,
– Vodka,
– Carrot,
– Chili/cayenne powder,
– Lime/lemon,
– Hot sauce,
– Basil/parsley.

How can I use the leftover tomato skins and seeds?

There are a few ways that you can avoid wasting the leftover tomato pulp from juicing tomatoes.
– First, the tomato skins can be saved to make veggie stock.
– You can also allow the skins to dry out (in the oven at the lowest temp for 2-3 hours, in a dehydrator, or room temp). Then use a food processor to process it into flakes or a coffee/spice grinder to grind it into a tomato powder. Use the powder as a seasoning over soups, stews, savory porridge, popcorn, etc. Top tip: add a little salt and sugar when grinding to enhance the flavor.
– Thirdly, you can fry up the skins until crispy to use as a dish garnish. Sprinkle over pasta, pizza, and salads.
– When it comes to using the tomato seeds – why not save them and plant them for more tomato plants?!

More Recipe Notes

  • Choose the best tomatoes: the key to the best tomato juice is the flavor of the tomatoes that you use – so make sure to pick juicy, ripe, preferably in-season tomatoes! Avoid overripe tomatoes, those which have cracks, wrinkles, etc. I recommend going for larger tomatoes which generally contain more juice, though cherry tomatoes work too!
  • Using a food mill: aside from the above methods, you can also use a food mill to extract the juice – though it may work best with softened (simmered) tomatoes. This is a method I haven’t tried, so you’ll have to let me know.
  • Add lemon juice: Lemon juice will work as a natural preservative. It can also help certain fresh produce to maintain their color for long-term canning.
  • Adding salt: One of the best things about homemade tomato juice is controlling the sodium levels, so feel free to adjust it to personal preference.

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  • ▢ 1. 1 pound tomatoes use more or less if wanted
This would yield about 0.8 pounds/360 ml juice.

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    • Wash the tomatoes well and pat them dry. Depending on which method you plan to use, you may want to remove the tomato core, too.

    Tomato Juicer Recipe
    • This method is the simplest of them all and requires no manual squeezing.

      Chop the tomatoes, so they fit through the chute of your juicer.

    • Slowly feed them into the juicer – voila! The juicer will automatically remove the skin and seeds from the juice.

    Tomato Juice in a Blender
    • Chop the tomatoes into rough pieces.

    • Blend until the mixture is juice-like and smooth – this may take a couple of minutes to properly break down.

    • Place a large nut milk bag or layers of cheesecloth inside a large bowl (alternatively, use a sieve) and pour the tomato mixture from the blender into it. Lift the bag/cheesecloth up and allow it to drain naturally. Then, using your hands, squeeze the leftover pulp to remove as much juice as possible.

    Tomato juicer with a grater
    • Grate or chop the tomato as finely as possible into a large bowl, then transfer than mixture to a nut milk bag (or cheesecloth layers) and squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.

    BONUS The Heated Method
    • Chop your tomatoes and add them to a large pan on the stovetop over medium heat with a splash of water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Continuously stirring to soften the tomatoes.

    • Press the softened tomatoes through a sieve or food mill to extract the juice and leave behind the skin and seeds.

    • Return the extracted juice to the stovetop and heat over medium heat until just before boiling (around 185-195ºF/85-90ºC – don’t boil it!).

      You can then can the juice or allow it to cool slightly before transferring to the refrigerator or freezer.

    How to Store?
    • Choose the best tomatoes: the key to the best tomato juice is the flavor of the tomatoes that you use – so make sure to pick juicy, ripe, preferably in-season tomatoes! Avoid overripe tomatoes, those which have cracks, wrinkles, etc. I recommend going for larger tomatoes which generally contain more juice, though cherry tomatoes work too!
    • Using a food mill: aside from the above methods, you can also use a food mill to extract the juice – though it may work best with softened (simmered) tomatoes. This is a method I haven’t tried, so you’ll have to let me know.
    • Add lemon juice: lemon juice will work as a natural preservative. It can also help certain fresh produce to maintain their color for long-term canning.
    • Adding salt: one of the best things about homemade tomato juice is controlling the sodium levels, so feel free to adjust it to personal preference.
    • Why use the heated method? Heating them the first time will help to soften the tomatoes to extract as much juice as possible. The second heating will pasteurize the juice – it can also positively affect the juice’s viscosity/texture and shelf life. More so, the flavor will change and become more concentrated. I recommend trying both methods to find your preferred version. While heating the tomatoes will reduce Vitamin C levels somewhat, the lycopene will become more easily absorbable.

    For more information on how to use the tomato juice, answers to top FAQs, as well as canning advice – please read the blog post above!

    Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 591mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2078IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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    The Best Homemade Tomato Juice (How to make and can)

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    Tomato juice is a delicious and versatile drink that can be served as a refreshing beverage, as an ingredient in recipes, or as a soup base. But did you know that it’s also super easy to make at home?

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    1. Made with Home Grown Tomatoes
    2. Ingredients in Homemade Tomato Juice
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    4. Is Drinking Tomato Juice Good For You?
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    8. How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice
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    This Homemade Tomato Juice recipe tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve it chilled or hot—either way, you’re going to love the zesty flavor and fresh taste of this homemade tomato juice.

    We’ve gathered our favorite ways to preserve tomatoes at home so that we can enjoy them all year long. Try some of our recipes such as Salsa Recipe for Canning, Homemade Canned Spaghetti Sauce, How to Can Diced Tomatoes, and Savory Salsa Recipe for Canning.

    Made with Home Grown Tomatoes

    We love growing tomatoes in our garden each summer for canning. If you love canning as much as we do, we hope you will enjoy this and all of our other easy canning recipes!

    Homemade Tomato Juice is so rich, delicious, and filling! It tastes so much better than V8 Juice, and probably a lot better for you since you know exactly what is in it. I am not even kidding, this stuff is like liquid gold at our house. Even the kids love drinking it! I like it best drinking it ice cold, but I save plenty to use in all sorts of recipes and as a base for many soups. If you’re not sure about making your own tomato juice, read on. It’s really quite simple and it tastes so much better than those store bought varieties.

    Ingredients in Homemade Tomato Juice

    • tomatoes – preferably from a local farm or home garden when in season
    • water
    • salt
    • onion salt
    • celery salt

    Canning Tomato Juice

    When canning tomato juice, follow the directions in the recipe card below, but make sure to leave about a half inch of air space at the top. Store it in a cool, dry place and you’ll be able to enjoy this juice for up to two years. If you are looking to make a LOT of juice (which I like to make at least 25 quarts at a time) you will want to save yourself some frustration by getting a Tomato Strainer. I also have the little attachments. This will save you a lot of time having to press everything by hand through a colander.

    I have seen cheaper ones on Amazon and even one that attaches to a Kitchen Aid— I am sure all of them are great (I am really tempted by the Kitchen Aid one because you don’t have to manually turn the crank… if I cave and get it I will let you know). Anything that keeps you from having to do extra work is a winner in my book.

    Is Drinking Tomato Juice Good For You?

    According to the National Institute of Health, food sources that are high in lycopene, such as tomatoes, have many potential health benefits. Lycopene may reduce the risk of certain cancers, help with cardiovascular disease, and get this… reduce the risk of SUNBURN. These are just a few of the potential health benefits from drinking tomato juice. Read more about the health benefits from the source at the National Institute of Health.

    Does tomato juice reduce body fat?

    In a study done by the Department of Nutrition in China, and published by the National Institute of Health, it was found that tomato juice supplementation significantly reduced body weight, body fat, waist circumference, and BMI in healthy women between the ages of 20-30. Pretty cool. Right?! Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3850026/

    What nutrients does it have?

    Tomato juice contains lots of good nutrients such as potassium, vitamin c, fiber, vitamin a and protein, making it a well rounded healthy drink.

    Reduced Sodium Tomato Juice:

    Did you know that store-bought tomato juice can be VERY high in sodium? This causes the store-bought juice to lose some of it’s health benefits. By making tomato juice from scratch at home, you have full control over the amount of sodium that is added! Reduce the salt in your juice to your specifications in this recipe and enjoy your healthy drink!

    Frequently Asked Questions About This Recipe

    What tomatoes work best?

    When it comes to juicing tomatoes, it’s always a good idea to use nice, beefy, juicy varieties, but you almost can’t go wrong with any kind. Some of our favorites are Jack’s Whoppers (these grow GREAT in our area, so this one is a favorite), Early Girl, Beefsteak, Better Boy, Celebrity, or Brandywine. Check your local nurseries to see what varieties grow best in your area.

    How long does tomato juice last?

    If you are making it fresh and storing it in your refrigerator in an air-tight bottle or jar, tomato juice can last 2-3 days. If you decide to can your tomato juice, it can last 12-18 months after it has been canned. After the jar has been opened, it can last 2-3 days, refrigerated– same as if it were fresh.

    Is it okay to drink tomato juice every day?

    Yes! And there are lots of health benefits in doing so including weight loss, better digestion, lower cholesterol, and healthier skin. Not to mention tomatoes are chock-full of antioxidants! The benefits far outweigh the downsides for most, but everyone is different, so it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor to see what works best for you.

    Do I need to crush the tomatoes?

    No need to crush or blend the tomato mixture, this method requires cutting quartered tomatoes, a rolling boil, and a tomato strainer.

    Make It A Virgin Bloody Mary

    Turn this tomato juice into a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary by simply adding a squeeze of fresh lemon and a few drops of hot sauce (such as Tabasco sauce). Serve with ice cubes, fresh parsley, celery, or pickles.

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    More Canned Tomato Recipes

    We end up with bushels of tomatoes from our garden each year and it seems they go bad before we can use them all. Here are some of our favorite ways to can tomatoes so we can enjoy them all year long. Try a few for yourself!

    Recipes that Use Homemade Tomato Juice

    Use this delicious homemade tomato juice as a base for so many rich recipes, like these:

    • Cafe Zupas Tomato Basil Soup
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    • Mom’s Cheater Chili
    • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with Sausage

    How to Make Homemade Tomato Juice

    Homemade Tomato Juice

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    This Homemade Tomato Juice tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve as a refreshing drink, an ingredient in recipes, or as a soup base!

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    Prep Time 1 hour hr

    Cook Time 25 minutes mins

    Total Time 1 hour hr 25 minutes mins

    Course Canning

    Cuisine American

    Servings 7 quarts

    • ▢ 23 pounds tomatoes 3 ¼ pounds per quart or 23 pounds per canner load of 7 quarts
    • ▢ water approximately ¼ cup to 1 cup
    Per Quart of Juice:
    • ▢ 1 teaspoon salt
    • ▢ 1/2 teaspoon onion salt
    • ▢ 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
    • Wash, core, and remove blemishes from tomatoes.  

    • Cut into small sections.

    • In a large stock pot, add tomatoes and very little water (at most 1 cup). 

    • Bring to a boil.

    • Put through colander to remove seeds and skin (see above notes for tips). 

    • Discard seeds and skin.

    • Return juice to the stock pot and bring to a boil again, adding salt, onion salt, and celery salt according to how many quarts of juice you have yielded.

    • If canning, pour 2 tablespoons lemon juice into sterilized quart-sized jars. Add tomato juice, leaving about 1/2″ air space at the top. 

    • Discard seeds, and skin.

    Recipe Tips

    • When canning tomato juice, follow the directions in the recipe card below, but make sure to leave about a half inch of air space at the top.
    • Store it in a cool, dry place and you’ll be able to enjoy this juice for up to two years.
    • If you are looking to make a LOT of juice (which I like to make at least 25 quarts at a time) you will want to save yourself some frustration by getting a Tomato Strainer. THIS is the EXACT one that I use.
    • I also have the little attachments, seen here. This will save you a lot of time having to press everything by hand through a colander. I have seen cheaper ones on Amazon and even one that attaches to a Kitchen Aid— I am sure all of them are great (I am really tempted by the Kitchen Aid one because you don’t have to manually turn the crank… if I cave and get it I will let you know). Anything that keeps you from having to do extra work is a winner in my book.

    Calories: 268kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 13gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 552mgPotassium: 3532mgFiber: 18gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 12415IUVitamin C: 204mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 4mg

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    Tomato and tomato juicer: auger, manual, electric

    Many people love tasty and healthy tomato juice. You can buy it in the store or make it yourself. To make it at home, you need to use a special tomato juicer.

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    Types of juicers

    There are several types of juicers. You need to know how they work in order to choose the right option. There are screw and centrifugal juicers. Their function is to extract fruit and vegetable juice. In turn, the screw juicer for tomatoes can be manual, mechanical or electric. In addition, depending on the design, the devices are classified as vertical, horizontal single-screw or horizontal twin-screw types.

    Centrifugal juicers are the most popular.

    The principle of their operation is that the disk, which looks like a grater, rotates at high speed and grinds vegetables into a pulp. Further, the resulting slurry is thrown into the separator compartment, in which the pulp is separated from the nectar. Apparatuses of this type have several speeds for grinding components of greater and lesser rigidity. The advantage of centrifugal devices is that the juice obtained by using them is clear and does not contain pulp.

    However, the centrifugal juicer for tomatoes also has certain disadvantages:

    • due to heating of the liquid at high speeds, valuable vitamins contained in tomatoes are destroyed;
    • upon contact with oxygen in the container, the juice is oxidized, while the useful qualities of vegetables are lost;
    • with a large number of spent tomatoes, a small amount of the finished product comes out.

    Therefore, this juicer should not be used for making juice from tomatoes.

    See also: types and parameters of juicers for vegetables and fruits.

    Auger juicers

    Every housewife wants to get a rich tomato juice with a thick consistency and a homogeneous mass. For this purpose, an auger squeezer is suitable. With the help of a spiral shaft, all components are ground, including bones and pulp. Such a meat grinder-juicer allows you to get a tomato as a result of forcing the crushed mass through a strainer under pressure.

    The next step is the flow of the mass into the bowl for the finished drink. In such devices, both seeds and bones are crushed into gruel, and coarser particles are retained by a strainer, and they do not fall into the bowl. In addition, screw devices have other advantages:

    • the finished product at the outlet is about 95% of the processed raw materials;
    • such tomato juicers chop vegetables at low speed, so oxidation and heating do not occur, which contributes to the preservation of nutrients;
    • the amount of waste is negligible.

    There are 2 types of screw devices. To choose a convenient option for yourself, you need to know their features. So, an electric juicer will prepare a vitamin drink much faster than a manual one, and you won’t have to make much effort. You just need to put the tomatoes in a special tray, and after a few minutes you can get ready-made juice. Twin screw machines are more powerful than single screw machines. With their help, they produce a high-quality product, leaving a minimum amount of waste.

    A manual squeezer also produces thick, rich juice, but physical effort is required to achieve the result.

    If there are a lot of tomatoes, then it is necessary to spend not only a lot of effort, but also time. This type of device will become indispensable in case of frequent power outages.

    There is also a meat grinder with tomato juicer. To date, manufacturers of household appliances pay attention to this model, as it is very convenient and functional. However, a double load on the device affects the service life, and if the meat grinder malfunctions, squeezing the juice is impossible. The disadvantage of such a device is that before putting the tomato into it, you need to chop it quite finely, since the diameter of the inlet is small.

    What to look for when buying a device

    Before buying a juicer, you need to consider which model will be more appropriate. To make the juice of high quality, it is better to choose a horizontal type screw apparatus. It is desirable to have a reverse function, because the reverse movement helps to obtain a larger amount of drink with high uniformity.

    An important point when choosing a device is the volume of the bowl, which can be from 400 ml to 1200 ml. To prepare a large amount of fruit drink, it is better to stay on a model with a large bowl. Also in this case, an electric juicer would be more suitable.

    The stability of the instrument is of particular importance. It is necessary that it stands firmly on the work surface and does not stagger during operation. Some models have a self-cleaning function, which is very convenient to use. Different devices can also be in power, but this characteristic does not affect the quality of the tomato product. If you want to have a meat grinder with a squeezer, you must remember that an electric meat grinder is often short-lived.

    In addition, the material from which the body of the product is made is of great importance: metal or plastic. There is a statement that it is not worth using metal models because of the oxidation of the juice. However, this is fiction, and stainless steel models, on the contrary, will last longer.

    Read also: how to choose a juicer for home use.

    So, a juicer is a necessary device for preparing a vitamin drink in every home. Having dealt with the types of devices, their pros and cons, you can choose the model that is right for you.

    Tomato juicer: manual, electric, auger

    Using a device such as a juicer, it is quite easy to make natural tomato juice at home. However, not all devices are suitable for processing tomatoes. There are several types of these devices, which have different design features. To understand which tomato juicer is better, you need to consider all the nuances of these devices.

    Types and principle of operation

    Juicers are divided into two main types: centrifugal and auger. Both types are intended for squeezing juice from vegetables and fruits of various hardness. Screws are divided into manual type devices, mechanical devices and those powered by an electrical network. In addition, their design may be different. By design features, they are divided into:

    • vertical appliances;
    • horizontal single screw;
    • horizontal twin screw.

    The most common type of juicers are centrifugal. Grinding the fruits inside it occurs with the help of a disk in the form of a grater, which, rotating at high speeds, grinds vegetables into gruel. Then the mass is fed into the separator compartment, where the nectar is separated from the pulp. These devices are equipped with several speeds for processing components of different rigidity.

    Basically, these machines are intended for squeezing drinks from various vegetables and fruits. Juice made with a centrifugal device is clear and without pulp. In addition, these devices do not cope with the grinding of seeds. That is, they separate the liquid inside the fruit from the pulp, which is poured into the glass at the exit.

    In addition, centrifugal type machines have other disadvantages:

    • due to the fact that the device operates at high speed, the liquid heats up and the vitamins contained in the fruits are destroyed;
    • as a result of contact with oxygen inside the bowl, the juice is oxidized, which also leads to the loss of valuable properties of the product;
    • high consumption of components gives a low percentage of the finished product at the output.

    Based on the above, we can conclude that such a device is not suitable for making tomato juice. The juice obtained as a result of processing tomatoes in this device will be liquid, transparent and without pulp.

    The tomato juicer must produce a thick, rich tomato drink that is homogeneous throughout the mass. In this it differs from juices obtained from other vegetables.

    Screw squeezer has a different principle of operation. Inside the device there is an auger – a spiral shaft, which, when rotated, grinds the ingredients together with the bones and pulp. Its design resembles a meat grinder. The crushed mass approaches the strainer and is forced through it under pressure.

    Next, the mixture enters the container for the finished drink. Juices squeezed in such devices have a thick, uniform consistency. The pulp does not separate from the liquid, but is mixed into one mass. The bones and seeds that are in the fruits are crushed into porridge. Solid particles that are not ground by the device are retained by the strainer and remain inside.

    Auger-type juicers have a number of other advantages that make them the choice for juicing tomatoes. These include:

    • High percentage of finished product obtained during processing (up to 95 percent).
    • Due to the fact that the grinding takes place at low speed, the products are not heated and oxidized. This allows you to save their valuable properties.
    • Due to the thick composition, the juices have a rich taste.
    • A small amount of waste remains.

    The auger juicer will make a perfect tomato drink for you, preserving all the vitamins and nutrients. The juice obtained in it can be stored for two days.

    Features of screw units

    Auger juicers are slightly different in design. Horizontal devices with one or two screws are great for processing tomatoes into tomato juice. They do a good job of crushing the seeds inside the fruit. Such a juicer for tomatoes can be either manual or powered by electricity.

    The electric auger juicer is much faster than a manual one, and you don’t have to exert any effort during the preparation of the drink. You just put the tomatoes in the tray and in a few minutes you get ready juice. Twin screw devices are even more powerful than single shaft devices. There are twin-screw devices in which the screws rotate in different directions, which increases the efficiency of the device and allows you to prepare better quality tomato juice. They grind the tomatoes into a more homogeneous mass, leaving little to no waste.

    Tomato Juicer manual auger as well as electric, copes with the production of tomato drink. The disadvantage of the device is that you will need to make physical efforts to process vegetables. If there are quite a lot of tomatoes, manual processing can become difficult. The advantage of this device is that it can be successfully used in situations where there are problems with electricity. For example, in the garden, a manual squeezer is simply irreplaceable.

    There is another type of device – a vertical auger juicer. They are mechanical and operate on the principle of a press. Tomatoes need to be placed in a container, then press the lever that activates the press mechanism. These devices are intended for squeezing juice from soft vegetables and fruits with a minimum content of seeds.

    These machines are not recommended for making a tomato drink. It will not be as uniform and thick as in horizontal juicers. Vertical devices do not do well with grinding seeds. Therefore, you will not get a uniform consistency, which is necessary for a tomato drink.

    Selection criteria

    When choosing a tomato juicer, you will need to pay attention to several factors. To obtain a high quality tomato product, choose horizontal screw devices with one or two screws. It is better if the device has a reverse function. When reversing, the shafts rotate in different directions, which increases the percentage of the finished drink and contributes to a better creation of uniformity.

    The volume of the juicer plays an important role. Containers can be from 400 ml to 1.2 liters. If you plan to make a large amount of juice, choose an appliance with a large bowl. Also pay attention to such a factor as the stability of the device.

    It must stand firmly on the surface and not wobble during operation. The juicer can have a self-cleaning function, which is very convenient for maintenance.