What do you make when the tomatoes are still producing and the freezer is full of marinara sauce, the pantry is full of juice and the shelves are packed with salsa?
Bloody Mary Mix
This home made, home preserved seasoned juice is perfect for creating a classic cocktail. If you are not inclined to add vodka (or gin), drink this on a long winter day to remind yourself of refreshing summer days to come.
For 16 pints of Bloody Mary Mix
7 quarts fresh tomato juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup A-1 steak sauce
3 – 4 Tbsp Tabasco, or to taste
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup celery salt
2 Tbsp fresh ground pepper or to taste
1/4 cup prepared horseradish
Simmer all ingredients together for 10 minutes. Ladle into hot pint canner jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Process in water bath canner for 35 minutes. You can also process in a pressure canner for 15 minutes at 10 pounds pressure. Leave 1 inch head space if pressure canning.
**As always, consult your local home extension or the Ball book of home preserving for safe home preserving practices.