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.
- Store your fresh tomato juice in a covered pitcher. Shake it once a day to keep the ingredients properly combined.
- Texas A&M Extension: Safe Handling of Fresh Tomatoes
- Juicing for Health.com: Juicing Basics
- Still Tasty: Tomato Juice: Commercially Canned or Bottled
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- Sacramento Brand Juices: May We Help You?
- NPR: Don’t Fear that Expired Food
- Shelf Life Advice: How Long After Purchase will Raw Tomatoes Last?
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