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Campells V8 100% Vegetable Juice
Member Name: Boffyboffy
Campells V8 100% Vegetable Juice
Date: 25/07/10, updated on 27/07/10 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Great refreshing wholesome vegetable drink
Disadvantages: Heavy on salt in the standard version. A bit pricey
I came across this stuff about 8 years ago on a Garuda flight to Singapore, and didn't know what it was. I had assumed that it was a freshly made oriental speciality. I loved it so much that I spent seven years trying to recreate it in my own kitchen without even getting close!
Now I know that its Campbells V8, my life is much simpler :)
I am such a fan of this - I drink loads of it. This is a really tasty juice, particularly suitable for breakfast, or for use as a cooler on hot summer days. I have just had a chilled bowl for lunch with some bread, in place of my usual hot weather favourite of cooled Spanish Gazpatcho soup - it really goes down well in hot weather.
It mixes well. I mix mine with soda water on hot days. It can also be used as a base for alcoholic cocktails, such as the 'Bloody 8' (a bloody mary of vodka and tomato juice, but with V8 substituting for the tomato juice)
It is thinner than tomato juice, so your dishwasher will have no problems cleaning your glass after use. (Hurrah)
An unopened carton has a long shelf life. They say it should be refridgerated after opening and consumed within a few days - but mine never goes unconsumed after a couple of hours!
Its major taste is that of tomato, but with some subtleties. There is a light 'top note' of celery, and a hardly perceptible bottom note of 'root vegetable, but the blending of the ingredients is so well done that the other individual ingredients cannot be tasted as what they are. In other words, I can tell that it contains tomato, with a touch of celery - but couldnt imagine what the other ingredients were.
Its called V8 because of the 8 vegetables it contains:
Tomato (87%), with beets, celery, carrots, lettuce, parsley, watercress, and spinach.
Compared to orange or tomato juice which can be bought for 70-90p a litre, its price of £1.30 - £1.50 (or more) looks a bit pricey, especially since it also contains some cheaper ingredients. I suppose that we are paying for the blending.
From its ingredients, it is a fine way of getting more vegetables into the diet. The variety of veg used gives a wide spread of vitamins and minerals, and you're on your way to your '5 a day'
And its only 16 calories per 100 grammes !
SALT - this is the bad news. The salt content is quite high - 263 mg per 100 grammes. I do wish manufacturers would use less salt - users can always add salt, but they can't take it out! The good news is that there is a low salt version of V8, but I have never seen it on UK supermarket shelves.
Worldwide, there is a range of other versions, but some are unavailable, or very difficult to find in the UK. These include: Original, Spicy Hot (my favourite!, - but normally I just add hot cajun sauce to regular 'original' V8) , Lemon, Picante, Low-Sodium, and Organic.
V8 also does a V8 100% Fruit & Vegetable Juice, combining vegetable juice with fruit juices. These are of different varieties, based on different fruits. Again, they are comparatively difficult to find on UK supermarket shelves, but could prove to be a winner with your kids if you can find them. I have seen a pomegranate and cranberry version in Tescos.
Summary: A good starter towards your daily vitamin/mineral target. Tastes great too.
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