Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

From The RunawaySpoon.com

8 pounds plum tomatoes, quartered
3 green peppers, chopped, seeds and ribs removed
3 carrots, diced
3 ribs celery, diced
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch italian parsley leaves, torn
1 inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
3 small or 1 large banana peppers, seeds removed, chopped

After above goes from stove and through a food mill, add:
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
Generous grinds of black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Place the chopped vegetables in a large Dutch oven. Add a splash of water, cover the pot, and cook until the vegetables are mushy, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir occasionally, breaking up the vegetables with the back of a spoon. When everything is mushy, leave to cool for a few minutes.

Working in batches, carefully puree the vegetables in a blender. Fill the blender half full, vent the top and hold it tight covered with a tea towel. When each batch is done, press it through a fine sieve, extracting as much liquid as possible. Discard the pulp left behind. If you have a food mill, this is a great time to use it. Return all the extracted liquid to the pot. Add the sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Bring the mix to a boil and boil for 3 minutes.

You can now cool the mix, pout it into a pitcher, chill it and use it right away, or can it in quart jars for long term storage. You can also cool it, pour it into zip top freezer bags or freezer jars and freeze it for up to six months.

To can the mix, clean and sterilize the3-4 quart jars. I do this in the dishwasher timing it so the jars are still warm when I am ready to pour the mix in. While your Bloody Mary mix is cooking, get a boiling water canner or big stockpot of water going. When the mix is almost ready, pour some boiling water over the lids to your jars to soften the seals and set aside.

I like to ladle the hot mix into a large measuring jug for easy pouring. Fill each of your warm, cleaned jars with the hot mix, leaving a 1/2 head space. Dry the lids with a clean paper towel and place on the jars. Screw on the bands, then process the jars for 40 minutes in a boiling hot water bath. If you have a bit of extra mix, pour it into a refrigerator container and keep in the fridge for up to a week.

Make 2 quarts

To make a Bloody Mary, fill a tall glass with ice, add 2 ounces vodka (or as much as you like) and top with Bloody Mary Mix and stir. If the mix is thick, add a bit of water to thin it out.

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