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How to Tell If Fresh Tomato Juice Is Spoiled

by M.T. Wroblewski

Like other foods and drinks you can make from scratch, homemade tomato juice usually exudes a more robust flavor than anything you can buy in the store. While you may think it's impossible to have too much of this good thing, fresh tomato juice won't last forever in your refrigerator before it turns into a bad thing. In fact, drinking spoiled tomato juice can make you sick, so it's smart to keep an eye -- and nose -- alert for the trouble signs.

Ascribe the same signs of spoilage to tomato juice as you would to fresh tomatoes. The juice should be devoid of black or dark green patches, waxy film and splotches of fuzz -- a sure sign of mold growth.

Smell the tomato juice. Throw it away if it smells foul or putrid.

Take a sip of the tomato juice. Toss it if tastes bitter, “rusty” or especially acidic. The juice may not taste as rich as the day you made it, but it should not leave a nasty aftertaste, either.

Protect yourself and your loved ones from drinking spoiled tomato juice by drinking it as soon as you can. Label the pitcher with the date you made it and finish the juice within five to seven days.

Tip

  • Store your fresh tomato juice in a covered pitcher. Shake it once a day to keep the ingredients properly combined.

About the Author

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.

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