Tomato Tales: Juicing Tomatoes The Cold Press Way

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Creative Recipes And Inspiration For Juicing Tomatoes

Welcome to the juicy world of tomato juicing with a cold press juicer, where health, flavour and imagination collide in a symphony of deliciousness. In this flavourful journey, we’ll explore all the benefits of juicing tomatoes, from its nutritional profile to its culinary versatility.

Tomatoes aren’t just a staple in the kitchen, they have a high nutritional value packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. From the cancer fighting properties of lycopene to the heart healthy benefits of potassium and vitamin C, tomatoes nourish the body and invigorate the soul.

But what’s the best way to unlock the full potential of these ruby-red gems? Enter the cold press juicer, a revolutionary tool that gently extracts juice from fruits and vegetables without compromising on their nutritional value. With its slow and steady speeds, cold press juicing preserves the delicate enzymes and nutrients in tomatoes, ensuring that each sip is bursting with vitality.

In this article, we’ll dive into the art of juicing tomatoes with a cold press juicer, exploring the step-by-step process and sharing trips and tricks for achieving the best results. Whether you’re experienced using a juicer or new to juicing, you’ll discover just how easy and rewarding it is to create your own homemade tomato juice.  

But juicing tomatoes is about more than just drinking, it’s about expanding your creativity and exploring a world of delicious possibilities. From classic cocktails like a Bloody Mary, to refreshing soups like gazpacho, we’ll share delicious recipes that showcase just how versatile tomato juice is.

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So, grab your juicer and get ready to embark on a juicy journey that’s super nutritious and super delicious. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of tangy tomato juice or whipping up a batch of homemade pasta sauce, one thing’s for sure, with tomatoes and a cold press juicer, the possibilities are endless.


Red, Ripe And Revitalizing

Tomato juice offers a concentrated dose of the health benefits found in fresh tomatoes, making it the perfect addition to your diet. Here are some of the health benefits associated with drinking tomato juice:

Rich in antioxidants: Tomato juice is loaded with antioxidants, including lycopene, vitamin C and beta-carotene. These antioxidants help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress and lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Heart health: The potassium, vitamin C and lycopene in tomato juice support heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure, lower LDL bad cholesterol levels, and reduce inflammation in the arteries. Regular consumption of tomato juice may help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Cancer prevention: Lycopene, the predominant antioxidant in tomatoes, has been extensively studied for its potential cancer fighting properties. Drinking tomato juice regularly may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, including prostate, breast, and stomach cancers.

Eye health: Tomato juice is a good source of vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining healthy vision. Additionally, the lycopene and beta-carotene in tomato juice may help protect against age-related macular degeneration and other eye conditions.

Skin health: The vitamin C and beta-carotene in tomato juice are beneficial for skin health. Vitamin C is involved in collagen production, which helps maintain skin elasticity and firmness, while beta-carotene may protect the skin from sun damage and premature aging.

Bone health: Tomato juice contains vitamin K, which plays a role in bone health by assisting in calcium absorption and promoting bone mineralization. Consuming tomato juice regularly may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fractures.

Weight management: Tomato juice is low in calories and rich in fiber, making it a filling and nutritious beverage choice for those looking to manage their weight. The fiber in tomato juice helps promote digestion which may aid in controlling appetite and reducing calorie intake.

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Digestive health: The fiber content in tomato juice supports digestive health by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. Additionally, the antioxidants and phytochemicals in tomato juice may help reduce the risk of digestive disorders, such as colorectal cancer.

Hydration: Tomato juice is a hydrating beverage option, providing fluids to help maintain proper hydration levels in the body. Staying hydrated is essential for overall health and wellbeing.

Incorporating tomato juice into your daily diet can provide you with delicious and convenient way to enjoy all these health benefits. Whether enjoyed on its own or used as a base for soups, smoothies, or cocktails, tomato juice offers a refreshing and nutritious boost to your daily routine.


Inside Tomatoes

Juicing tomatoes offers an abundance of essential nutrients that contribute to your overall health and wellbeing. Here’s a breakdown of the key nutrients found in tomato juice:

Vitamin C: Tomato juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports a healthy immune system, promotes collagen production for skin health and aids in wound healing.

Potassium: These juicy red fruits are rich in potassium, an electrolyte essential for maintaining proper fluid balance, regulating blood pressure and supporting heart health.

Folate: Tomato juice contains folate, also known as vitamin B9 and is crucial for cell division and DNA synthesis. Adequate folate intake is especially important during pregnancy to support fetal development.

Vitamin K: Tomato juice provides vitamin K, which plays a vital role in blood clotting, bone health and may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Lycopene: The vibrant red color of tomatoes is due to the presence of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant associated with various health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and promoting heart health.

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Beta-carotene: Tomato juice is a great source of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is essential for vision health, immune function and skin health.

Fiber: Tomato juice contains dietary fiber which aids in digestion, helps maintain bowl regularity and may contribute to heart health by lowering cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B6: Tomato juice provides vitamin B6, which is involved in various metabolic processes, including protein metabolism and neurotransmitter synthesis.  

Vitamin E: Tomato juice contains a small amounts of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Niacin: Tomato juice contains niacin also known as vitamin B3, which plays a role in energy metabolism and helps maintain healthy skin, nerves and digestion.

These nutrients all work together synergistically to support overall health and vitality. Incorporating tomato juice into your diet can be delicious way to nourish your body with a wide array of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.


From Vine To Glass

Juicing tomatoes with a cold press juicer is like orchestrating a symphony of freshness in your kitchen. It’s not just about extracting juice, its about preserving every drop of flavour and nutrition locked within plump ripe tomatoes. Start juicing tomatoes with these simple steps!

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First, you’ll need to gather fresh, firm and juicy tomatoes. Look for vine ripe tomatoes for the best taste and the most nutrients. When juicing firm tomatoes for cold press juicing, ensure they’re ripe but not overripe, as their firmness is key to achieving the best results. Wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt and markings to ensure that you start with the cleanest canvas.

Next it’s time to prepare your tomatoes for juicing. Depending on the size of your cold press juicers feeding chute, you may need to quarter or halve the tomatoes to fit them. Remove any stems or blemishes, but there’s no need to peel or deseed them, the cold press juicer will handle that for you.

Now let’s start up the cold press juicer and get juicing. Cold press juicers like the Optimum 600XXL, Optimum H3000 2nd Generation and Optimum 600M will operate at a slow and steady pace, gently crushing and pressing the tomatoes to extract every last bit of juice while preserving the natural enzymes and nutrients. As you feed the tomatoes into the juicer, marvel at the vibrant colors and tantalizing aromas emanating from the machine.

Once all the tomatoes have been juiced, it’s time to savor the fruits of your labor. Pour yourself a glass of freshly pressed tomato juice and take a moment to appreciate the pure taste of sunshine in a glass. It’s like taking a sip of summer with every gulp, refreshing, invigorating and oh so delicious.

But wait, the fun doesn’t stop there. Cold press juicers produce less foam and oxidation compared to other juicing methods, meaning your tomato juice stays fresher for longer. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days, although let’s be honest, with juice this good, it won’t last that long.


Terrific Tomato Juice Recipes

Checkout these luscious recipes made from juicing tomatoes with a cold press juicer. Each recipe is bursting with flavour and packed with nutrients that will elevate your culinary game.

Classic Bloody Mary

Ingredients: 1½ cups of freshly squeezed tomato juice, 45ml vodka, 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, dash of hot sauce, pinch of celery salt, ice, celery stalk, lime wedge, olives and cherry tomatoes for garnish.

Recipe: In a shaker, combine tomato juice, vodka, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and celery salt. Shake well then pour over ice into a salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a celery talk, a wedge of lime and skewer of olives and cherry tomatoes for drink that’s irresistible.  

Roasted Tomato Soup

Ingredients: 900g fresh or frozen tomatoes, 1 large, chopped onion, 5 minced garlic cloves, 4 large basil leaves, 1.5 tbsp virgin olive oil, 1.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp salt


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
2. Wash and halve the tomatoes. Place them cut side up on a baking sheet drizzled with some olive oil.
3. Roast in the oven until they are soft and slightly charred, about 25-30 minutes. Let the vegetables cool down before blending.
4. In a blender, combine the roasted tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and stock. Add black pepper. Blend until smooth.
5.Transfer the blended mixture to a saucepan.
6. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavours to meld.
7. Season with salt to taste after checking the flavour.

Gazpacho Soup

Ingredients: 4 cups of freshly squeezed tomato juice, 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced, 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced, ½ red onion diced, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, fresh herbs for garnish.

Recipe: In a blender combine tomato juice, diced cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Blend on high until smooth, then chill in the fridge for an hour to let flavours meld together. Serve cold with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of fresh herbs for a light and delicious meal.


Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

Ingredients: 2 cups of freshly squeezed tomato juice, 1 can diced tomatoes, ½ cup fresh basil leaves chopped, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, cooked pasta of your choice and grated parmesan cheese for serving.

Recipe: In a saucepan, sauté minced garlic in olive oil until fragrant, then add tomato juice, diced tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Simmer gently until the sauce thickens, then season with salt and pepper. Toss with your favorite pasta and finish with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese for a simple meal that’s sure to please.   

Tomato Strawberry Soup

Mango Tomato Dip

Whether you’re shaking up cocktails, blending soups or tossing pasta, these recipes featuring freshly squeezed tomato juice are sure to impress. So grab your juicer and get creative in the kitchen, the possibilities are endless when you have a bottle of fresh tomato juice at your fingertips!


A Flavourful Farewell

In wrapping up our juicy journey through the world of juicing tomatoes, let’s raise a glass to the flavourful fusion of health and taste. From the first sip to the last, we’ve discovered that juicing tomatoes isn’t just about creating delicious beverages, it’s about unlocking all of its health benefits and creativity in the kitchen.

By harnessing the power of cold press juicing, we’ve preserved the nutritional integrity of tomatoes, ensuring that every glass is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. With each sip, you’re not just quenching your thirst, you’re nourishing your body with a symphony of goodness that supports heart health, boosts immunity and promotes glowing skin.

And let’s not forget the versatility of tomato juice. From tangy Bloody Marys to refreshing gazpacho soups, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. With a splash of creativity and a dash of inspiration, you can transform ordinary meals into extraordinary recipes that delight the senses.

But the journey doesn’t end here, let’s not overlook the simple joy of juicing tomatoes with a cold press juicer. The whirring of the machine, the vibrant colors of the juice and the intoxicating aroma that fills the air, it’s a sensory experience like no other.

So here’s to your juicing journey ahead, may it be filled with endless flavour, boundless creativity and a whole lot of juicy goodness. To tomatoes, the unsung heroes of the kitchen and to the cold press juicer, your trusty sidekick in the quest for culinary greatness. Let’s raise a glass and toast to the vibrant world of tomato juicing, it’s a journey worth savoring.

Enjoy the benefits of juicing tomatoes with a juicer from Optimum and skip ahead for our tomato-tastic frequently asked questions!


Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, here are some catchy FAQ’s for juicing tomatoes with a cold press juicer:

Do I need to peel the tomatoes before juicing? Nope! With a cold press juicer, there’s no need to peel the tomatoes. Simply wash them thoroughly and remove any stems or blemishes before juicing.

Can I juice overripe tomatoes? While firm and ripe tomatoes are ideal for juicing, overripe ones may not yield the best results. Stick to firm, ripe tomatoes for the best juice.

Can I juice tomatoes with seeds? Cold press juicers are designed to handle seeds, so there’s no need to remove them before juicing. Just toss the whole tomato into the juice and let it work its magic!

How long does tomato juice last? Freshly made tomato juice can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight bottle or container. However, for the best taste and nutrition, fresh is best!

Can I use tomato juice in recipes? Absolutely! Tomato juice is incredible versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes, from cocktails and soups to sauces and marinades. Get creative and experiment with different flavour combinations.