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I'd skipped the "larger" pill, and I'm not really interested in the "small" one either, since I don't need to diet. The pill I'd like is one that gives every nutrient necessary, allowing a person to skip eating.
In my never-ending quest -- "When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead" -- to juice'cify my life without investing in a $300 juicer and dealing with leftover pulp, I made home-made tomato juice yesterday. The recipe is simple: water and tomato paste in three to one proportion.
I hate the added sodium in nearly every thing sold in the supermarket. Read the sodium content amounts on a container of that combined vegetable juice operating under the name of a type of car engine, and you'll see that a couple of glasses of that liquid would have you approaching daily allowances territory.
Commercial tomato juice has similar quantities of sodium. Tomato paste has only a miniscule amount.
And that means the recipe above tastes a bit bland and watery. Don't get me wrong. I like the flavoring added by salt, especially the slightly sweet taste of kosher salt.
But I couldn't find the kosher salt, and so I added Louisiana's Crystal brand hot sauce. And, yes, I do know all hot sauces have a proportionally high sodium content, which is part of the fermenting process. But half a teaspoon is sufficient to give the right amount of kick to the 24-ounces of homemade juice.
"Perfect!" I said to my wife.
"Let me have a sip," she replied, and then "I could smell the peppers before I had it to my mouth."
The suggestion that followed was to use one of the Mrs. Dash sodium-free flavorings she found in the supermarket, and I think I'll do that for the next batch.
I don't think I've ever met a tomato I didn't like, perhaps excepting those pinkish colored tennis balls sold in grocery stores under the alias of "tomato." And of course, one cup, or two, a day, means more Vitamin C, more lycopene.
title and quote from Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit