Tomato Juice Cocktail

A refreshing and flavourful beverage perfect poured straight from the jar over ice. Combine it with vodka to create your own Bloody Mary


  • 20 cups (5000 ml) prepared tomatoes, about 9.5 lb (4.3 kg)
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) chopped celery
  • 2 tbsp (25 ml) chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tbsp (60 ml) bottled lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) salt
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) Tabasco sauce


  • Place 5 clean 500 ml mason jars on rack in pressure canner; add water and heat jars to a simmer (180°F/82°C). Set screw bands aside. Keep jars hot until ready to use.
  • Preheating Bernardin® lids is not advised. The sealing compound used for our home canning lids performs better at room temperature than it does pre-heated in simmering water (180°F). Simply wash lids in hot, soapy water, dry, and set aside until needed. Preheating can lead to less vacuum being achieved during water bath canning, and to buckle failures during pressure canning.
  • Wash, core and chop tomatoes. Measure 20 cups (5000 ml).
  • Combine tomatoes, celery, onion, bay leaf, parsley, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a large stainless steel saucepan. Cook slowly until tomatoes are soft. Press through food mill; discard seeds and skins.
  • Combine tomato juice, lemon juice, salt and Tabasco sauce in saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Ladle juice into a hot jar to within 1 inch (2.5 cm) of top rim (headspace). Using nonmetallic utensil, remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim removing any stickiness. Centre sealing lid on clean jar rim. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Return filled jar to rack in canner. Repeat for remaining juice.
  • When canner is full, adjust water to level as directed by canner manufacturer. Lock canner lid in place and follow manufacturer’s heating instructions. Vent canner–allow steam to escape steadily–for 10 minutes; close vent.
  • When canner reaches the pressure appropriate for your altitude* and type of pressure canner, begin counting processing time. Process – heat filled jars – for time indicated:
  • Jar Size Time
    • 500 ml 15 minutes
    • 1 L 15 minutes
  • When processing time is complete turn off heat. Allow canner to stand undisturbed until pressure drops to zero. Wait 2 minutes, then remove cover, tilting it away from yourself. Remove jars without tilting. Cool upright, undisturbed 24 hours; DO NOT RETIGHTEN screw bands. After cooling check jar seals. Sealed lids curve downward. Remove screw bands; wipe and dry bands and jars. Store screw bands separately or replace loosely on jars, as desired. Label and store in a cool, dark place.