Homemade Bloody Mary Mix (spicy Vegetable Tomato Juice)

 

Every summer I can several quarts of this spicy drink. It's absolutely delicious icy cold (usually right from the mason jar in the fridge,) but one of my friends tells me that each jar, when opened, calls out "I want to be a Bloody Mary." Most people don't bother canning any more, and tomato products are tricky, so I've reduced the recipe to make 2 quarts - enough to serve a group at brunch.

What you will need

5 pounds assorted tomatoes, washed well, quartered, all stem ends and blemishes removed

1 medium onion, rough chopped

1 sweet pepper - I like Cubanelles, banana peppers, or Jimmy Nardellos (If you can find them)

1 handful spinach leaves, washed & stemmed (can substitute kale or chard)

1 jalapeno, including seeds & stems (can substitute more or hotter peppers, according to taste)

2 carrots, rough chopped

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 teaspoons kosher salt

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