Gene’s Original Bloody Mary’s

I use to have a 120′ x 40′ main garden (the pumpkin patch was 40′ x 80′) and I grew a lot of tomatoes.  Some plants had  cherry tomatoes for nibbling and salads, others were for eating and slicing and the main crop were my roma tomatoes that I canned, made into soup, and even made Bloody Mary’s.  This was a great project for Gene as he experimented with many ingredients.

Gene's Original Bloody Marys

  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 small bottle Tabasco
  • 4 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. Mr. and Mrs. T Krazy salt
  • 2 tsp. celery salt
  • 7 tsp. salt
  • 56 dashes of bitters
  • 28 cups of tomatoes juice (about 1/2 bushel of tomatoes)

Wash and quarter the tomatoes.  I use Kitchen Gadgets – Victorio Strainer to process the tomatoes.  Combine all of the ingredients in a big pot and heat.

Comment:  There is a lot of salt and bitters in this recipe.  Use this recipe as a guideline and season to your own taste.  I know I do not like anything too salty any more.

Canning Gene’s Bloody Mary’s:

Pack into hot mason jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space.  Adjust lids and allow steam to escape for 5 minutes.  Process pints and quarts at 15 pounds pressure for 0 minutes.

Makes 14 pints

I grew a lot of vegetables from seed in my garden shed and basement.  I always had a hard time parting with any seedling so most of them got planted.  If you are a gardener you know how hard it is to throw away something that you have grown – not always practical but always a lot of fun and work!

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A niece with my tomato plants.

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