You might have heard that tomato juice is good for increasing red blood cells. You might also know that it helps to cure acne. The tomato juice sold in stores is very expensive and may contain sodium in it, which is not good for health. Are you worried about how to get good tomato juice at lower cost? This problem can be easily solved. Sometimes markets have tomatoes that are called ‘seconds.’
These are not bad or useless tomatoes, but they are too ripe to be cut for salads or other uses. They are often cheaper to buy. Good tomato juice can be easily made at home at a lesser cost if you spend a few minutes for this purpose. If you do not know how to make, tomato juice just goes through what is written below. They are easy step-by-step procedures that can be followed by any person.
- Tomatoes: 1 Kg or 2 pounds. These tomatoes do not have to be the high-quality ones you buy for salads, but simply tomatoes that are a little past their sell-by date
- Sugar, pepper, salt: Very little or as required
Preparation: Any person who does not have any experience in cooking can prepare high-quality tomato juice at home. Now let us start the recipe for tomato juice. Clean tomatoes in pure water. After this remove the core with the seeds, tiny spots found on tomato and the blossom ends. Now cut the tomato into quarters. After this, simmer the tomatoes for around 30 minutes or till they become tender.
Then pass tomatoes through a sieve or strainer. Pour the resulting juice into a pot on the stove and let it boil. Pour this juice to a container or bottle leaving space at the top of ¼ inch. Now seal the jar and wipe the top and outside of the jar to make it clean. Now your juice is ready. Place it in canner for 10 minutes for pints. If you do not like canning, you can also freeze.After canning/freezing, take it out and allow cool/defrost overnight.
One important thing I forgot to mention in this step-by-step procedure will be explained now. The juice received from food mill after running the tomatoes through it can be made tastier by adding ingredients like salt, sugar, pepper, etc. according to your taste as the tomato juice is prepared for your use.
Tomato is a functional food
Now let us find out why the tomato is considered as a functional food. Tomatoes contain basic nutrition suitable for preventing chronic diseases by the presence of phytochemicals such as lycopene. This fact was not known earlier, and tomatoes were considered as a poisonous substance in the US two hundred years ago just because the tomato plants belong to the nightshade family. The Latin name for this family is ‘Solanaceae’. Tomatoes were also once known as the ‘love fruit’.
Nutritional value of tomato
Now let us take a quick look at tomatoes and its contents, which help to reduce the blood pressure. One tomato can be considered to weigh approximately 125 grams, and it provides 22 calories. It contains no fat at all. It contains 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and is very rich in vitamins. Many antioxidants including alpha-lipoid acid, folic acid, lycopene, etc. are contained in it in sufficient quantities.
These are the invaluable contents of each tomato, which makes it a very nutritious substance and gives its magic power to control high blood pressure and help in preserving human beings from severe diseases like heart problems.
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