Vegitamins, gravy, and more: 5 uses for veggie cocktail #Food#cooking#vegetables February 26 2014 | Guest post by SmashedTogether We talked about one of the keys to buying a juicer on this post. Now let's talk about what to do with said juice. By: Breville USA – CC BY 2.0 I can't drink vegetable juice. But if you throw some clam, tabasco, and vodka in there… it's gone before you can say "another Caesar, please." But I just can't bring myself to sip on the stuff without the extra goodies. However, I ALWAYS keep a jug or a can in my fridge, because veggie cocktail is the secret weapon that adds flavour and nutrition to ALL THE FOOD. Here are five out-of-the-box reasons to keep some around… 1. Gravy I add a splash to every roast I make, especially pork and beef. Instead of adding beef stock as liquid (let's face it, modern meat is pretty lean and doesn't give as much for drippings as your Grandma's roast did), I add about 3/4 cup to the pan with my onion and carrot to flavour the gravy. The result is a rich, full-bodied sauce that has a few more vitamins than it might otherwise! 2. Tomato sauce Isn't it comforting to come home to a crock pot full of pasta sauce ready for you to enjoy? I love to add the veggie juice to my sauce recipes to hide those extra few veggie vitamins [Can we call these "vegitamins"? Thanks! -Eds]. I often need to add some liquid to a sauce if I want it to cook all day, so why use plain water when you can kick that sauce up a notch? Related Post "Baskets!" moment: Your veggie scraps are actually delicious soup in the making Next time you're chopping up some veggies, get out a gallon-size zip-top bag. Toss in any edible pieces that you're trimming. This includes peels, end... Read more 3. Deglaze a pan You're sautéing and your meat/veggies are starting to stick to the pan? You've taken the goodies out and want to use the pan drippings to make a tasty sauce? Sounds like you need some wine. Get the wine, pour it into a glass and drink. Then, use some veggie juice to deglaze the pan and save your wine for better purposes. 4. Marinate meat or veggies Add your spices, a dash of soy sauce or Worcestershire, and let the flavour soak into your beef, chicken or pork for a few hours before grilling or baking. 5. Use as stock I love making soup, but I have to admit, most of the flavour in my soups come from meat bones, and veggie stock always seems terribly bland to me. Save yourself the hassle and use juice to make delicious soup — or at least give it a kick! Use your imagination and start hiding vegetables in ALL THE THINGS! Cooking? Cocktails? Cleaning? What are your favorite veggie juice uses? Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo SmashedTogether SmashedTogether is an artsy type who lives and loves in Alberta, Canada PREVIOUS Of mothers and daughters and loudmouths NEXT Everything I know about marriage I learned from Terry Miller (Dan Savage's husband) Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] Awesome! I've had a can of tomato juice sitting in my cupboard for 4 months and I've been tearing my hair out over how to use it (beyond a Bloody Mary!). Can't wait to incorporate this into my next attempt at soup. Reply YES to vigitamins. Double yes. 5 agree Reply "Get the wine, pour it into a glass and drink. " Hahaha! I like a little wine in my sauce so I probably won't do this one but all the other suggestions are fantastic! 4 agree Reply I'm lactose intolerant and I'll happily use any kind of veggie juice as a base for most soups, stews and sauces instead of "real dairy or lactose-free substitute products (which kinda gross me out) whenever the recipe calls for milk or cream and it's delicious. I guess that'd work for vegans as well. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.