Tomato Juice from Tomato Paste

  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 4 cans of tap water

Use any size can of tomato paste. Usually they come in 12-oz or 6-oz sizes. Open the can and scrape the thick concentrated tomato paste into a large jar or juice pitcher. Fill the can with water 4 times, and pour the water in with the tomato paste. Stir it up really well.

It will be unsalted, which I believe makes it taste fresher, but you may add salt to taste if you like. Some folks like to add a little Hot Sauce or Worcestershire Sauce for flavor. Personally, I like it well chilled and straight from the fridge. It has a tangy refreshing flavor which reminds me of summertime tomato harvesting.

Use it anywhere you would regular canned tomato juice. Here is a substitute which costs less than a third of it’s commercial counterpart, and actually tastes ten times better. Being thrifty pays off in flavor, health and savings.

You may also enjoy this recipe for chocolate syrup. It’s another cheap beverage recipe from my collection.

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cptacek - February 20, 2010

Thanks for the recipe. I made some this afternoon, added Worcestershire sauce and tobasco sauce and a bit of salt. Yummy!

Kristin - June 23, 2010

Got any ideas to turn it into Clamato? Its my husband’s favorite but at over $4/qt I have a hard time putting it into the cart.

jeanna - June 23, 2010

I googled a recipe for homemade Clamato. This is what I found. Haven’t tried it though…

1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice (use the recipe for homemade here)
4 (10 ounce) cans clam juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 dashes hot sauce
5 dashes celery salt
5 dashes crushed red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a large container and shake well.

Re-shake before serving.

Makes 86 ounces.

jeanna - June 23, 2010

Also found this one. Sounds good. I think I’m going to mix up this one tonight:


1 lg. can tomato juice
1/4 c. lemon juice (fresh squeeze)
1/8 tsp. hot sauce
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. celery salt
1 dash garlic salt

Mix together in large pitcher and let set in the refrigerator overnight. Serve in glass with one Spanish olive. Be sure to shake or stir before pouring.

Laura - February 12, 2011

Thanks for this recipe! We love V8 juice but its to expensive. The main ingredient is tomato sauce, but most search answers say you can’t use it to make tomato juice (?!)

Does anyone have any ideas on how to add vegetables to make it like V8?

    J V Donnant - September 21, 2012

    I’ve lived outside the USA for years in countries there tomato and V-8 juice is almost unheard of but very expensive when available. I’ve been making my own juice from paste and it’s a great substitute. Here’s my non-patented formula:

    1 small can of tomato paste (6 oz)
    water to make 1 quart of liquid
    ¼ teaspoon of celery powder
    ¼ teaspon of garlic powder
    1 teaspoon of onion powder
    1 teaspoon of sea salt
    1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon of vinegar OR juice of one small lime
    Tabasco sauce to your taste

    Mix it, chill it well, and enjoy. It’s not a dead ringer for V-8 but it’s close! Experiment with different amounts of “seasonings” until you find the combo most pleasing to you and your family.

Robyn McKay - March 10, 2011

Thanks for the recipe. I can’t find any tomato juice in our area that is low sodium. Cub recently stopped carrying it. I have high blood pressure and would like to restrict sodium. I also think it tastes better without the salt. I love tomato juice. I can’t wait to try it.

    Dorothy Eyre - November 5, 2014

    The tomato juice I really enjoy is from Ohiio. It/s called Dei Fratelli Tomato Juice and it is the best tasting, healthy juice. This is grown on the family farm (the brothers), closest to organic that you can buy. HyVee Stores in our area have it for $2.97 per regular tall can. They don’t add any ingredients. I’m sure that you will love it also.

      Dorothy Eyre - November 5, 2014

      Sorry, but I mistyped the price for the tomato juice. It is $1.97!

Lorie - August 15, 2011

I take care of a man who is on a low salt diet. I use this to make my chili and spaghetti for him. I use 3 cans of water for spaghetti and 4 for chili. Add spices and you would never know.

CharlieAnn - January 7, 2012

I use this recipe for any thing that calls for tomato juice. I am in 3rd stage kidney failure which means salt free and the sodium free tomato paste works great with some herbs added to it. Even my guys like this.
I am thinking of trying to add some carrot juice and other vegetable juice to it to maybe copy V8’s flavor.

Sara @ wolfgang puck rice cooker - January 14, 2012

Hi, Thanks for this. Never thought about making this at home. Will also try your tomato basil soup recipe.

Julie - August 10, 2012

Awesome! I am making stuffed peppers and need tomato juice. You saved it. 😉

    lulu - April 6, 2016

    haha.. that’s why i’m here today.
    I want to make my mom’s sausage stuffed peppers tomorrow and have no tomato juice!

Joan Bauer - August 18, 2013

Love Hillbillyhousewife!!! Always a winner!
I am preparing to can tomatoes with tomato juice. I almost bought the juice [ expensive and I really to do low sodium!!!!] and also needed paste for other stuff. As I grabbed the cans, it struck me that I could probably make my own juice from the paste and low and behold here she has the trick!!! Prima!!! Thanks tons for sharing this great idea!
And I noticed that the paste is way lower in sodium than the juice.
And this can lead to other great savings and cook friendly ideas!!!

ron tillou - January 14, 2014

If you are salt sensitive be careful some brands of paste have salt added.

Deann - February 15, 2014

I accidentally opened a 12 oz can of tomato paste and only needed 6 oz. Thought unlikely to need rest of can anytime soon. Did lookup and found this. Made myself some tomato juice that will get used. Now I don’t think I’ll buy tomato juice any more.

Jean Kyler - November 22, 2014

Enjoy most things homemade, low cost and yummy. Look forward to receiving your newsletter.

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