20 Reviews

The original V-8 counts tomatoes as a veggie-and they dont have 8 either. Get a life, or a reasonable facsimile of one.

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Dib's June 20, 2002

I kept this recipe on my refrigerator for months waiting to get the tomatoes from the garden. I made 14 quarts of this and will make more soon. It really is good! My husband said he liked it better that the store bought! The flavor is teriffic! Thanks Di!!

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MizzNezz September 04, 2002

How can you call this "V-8" when there are only 4 veggies (at the most - 3 if you count tomatoes as a fruit) in the ingredients?

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Mille® March 10, 2002

Thanks for a tasty recipe,we had lots of everthing in the garden,we made 45 quarts of juice.We shared some and now we,ll have enough until next year.My husband adds a drop of tabasco in his glass.

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Chef 13765 October 15, 2002

YummmmEEEE! I am canning 11 pints of this and drinking the last quart as I type (slurp). I wish I'd done as other reviewers and ran it through a food processor before straining, as I would personally like some added pulp - but that in no way detracts from this excellent recipe!
I added some nasturtium leaves to mimic the watercress that "official" V8 calls for - and a little bit, maybe 1 tsp of sea salt because I'm a hopeless salt addict. But those are just my tweakings and the recipe as written is DEEELicious! More will be made!!
I'm trying to decide what to do with all my "squeezin's" though - the original tomatoes and veggies. They seem to still have too much flavor and color to just toss in the compost. I'm probably going to freeze them in flat ziplocs and use for flavoring soups or veggin' up my homemade stocks. Thanks Dib!!!!

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TJ-Montana September 10, 2010

Excellent flavour! I added jalapenos for extra bite, and I really appreciate that there's no salt in the recipe. The commercial version is way too salty. I put the cooked mixture in the food processor and then through a coarse strainer for a thicker juice. Yummy!

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sherryblossom November 12, 2003

HI DI Thanks for the V 3 Juice my husband loves it. I used a recipe like this last year,i got from a betty crocker cookbook. This was much better and easier. I did leave off the horseradish and added two small jalapenos instead. I'll label it V4 juice.

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maw maw July 29, 2003

The store bought V-8 does indeed have 8, tomatoes, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress and spinach. However, you should be able to get the same taste without all of them. Watercress and lettuce have very little flavor, so I doubt you'll notice they are missing, or add them if you're that adamant about having 8. The original has beets, but a very, very small amount. I suppose you could add it and maybe leave out the horseradish to compensate, not sure. Spinach also is in very small amounts for the original. You can adjust recipe as preferred or depending on what you have on hand. Experiment, taste, and tweak to your personal preference. If you want it to be the EXACT same as the original, go to the store and buy it from Campbell's soup company. If you want to make your own, this recipe is a the very least a great place to start. Thanks for sharing it Dib's!

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michael s. July 31, 2016

I just made this, followed the recipe, and all I can say is it tastes like vomit and that is not a stretch, my dog wouldn't eat it and she eats everything. I hade to throw it away, just a waste of fresh grown tomatoes. It smells ok when you are cooking it, but does smell more like a tom/basil soup, but falls very short on that taste also. For only really having 2 vegies (3 if you count toms) in it, I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

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demoking68 August 29, 2014

This is oh so good-I added 1 heaping tsp of celery salt and 5 tsp. canning salt, 1/2 head of cabbage aand 6 carrots and left out the lemon juice. It is really tasty and a great way to use up all those extra veggies in the garden. Next year will try it with beets, parsley and some spinach added.

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Nana K October 01, 2008
V-8 juice for canning