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What to Do With Pulp After Juicing

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You’ve made your glass of healthy juice, consumed vegetables and fruit, and now you have a collection of pulp left behind. The good news is you don’t have to throw the pulp out since there are lots of ways to use it. Afterall, fruits and vegetables are not cheap, so you’ll want to get as much out of them as you can.  

Creative Uses for Leftover Juice Pulp

Pulp contains vitamins, macronutrients, fiber, and other elements that would be great additions to your diet. We’ll talk a bit about the kinds of fiber and then share ideas as to how you can reduce your food waste and create a tasty dish using your leftover juice pulp.

Fiber is the part of the fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes that your body cannot absorb or break down during digestion. It passes through your stomach, small intestine and colon and finally out of your body. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber soaks up water and becomes a gel-like material. This type of fiber has been shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol and improve blood glucose control for people with diabetes [1]. It is found in various foods including oats, beans, citrus fruits, apples, and carrots.

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and goes through your digestive system pretty much intact. It helps prevent constipation and leads to better colon health. Green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, nuts, and wheat bran are examples of foods containing insoluble fiber. 

When juicing, soluble fiber remains in the juice; whereas insoluble fiber is filtered out.

A masticating juicer typically removes more fiber than a centrifugal juicer.  A juicer such as the Kuvings C7000 Whole Slow Juicer Elite produces dry pulp.

If you are not going to use the pulp within 24 hours, then it is best to freeze it immediately. Pulp can be stored in freezer bags or glass containers. However, freezing destroys some of the nutrients so the nutritional value will be reduced.

If you are wondering about how to make the best use of the leftover pulp, here are some ideas to try out.

Ice Pulps

Freeze your pulps into ice. Then every time you take a glass of water or any drink, you can add them to refresh the taste or liven it up. This way, you get to enjoy your drink while savoring beneficial nutrients.

Pulp ice cubes can also be used in smoothies later on. Just be sure to label them when packaging so you’ll know which ones to use for which smoothie recipe.

Healthy smoothies in a bottles and fresh ingredients.

Blending it Into Smoothies

Some people like to have both smoothies and fresh juice. On the days you have smoothies, get a boost of fiber by adding the pulp to the mix. Your smoothie will also be thicker and give it a great milk-shake like look.

One glass of such a smoothie will keep you satisfied for hours and give you the energy you need for your daily activities. Fruit pulps also increase the fructose content of your smoothie, making it sweeter and more nutritious.

Adding it to Scrambled Eggs

As odd as it sounds, you will be surprised at how good it will taste. Try it one of these mornings when you will be scrambling your breakfast eggs. Add vegetable pulp to the mixture, and you will have a healthy, nutritious meal.

Adding it to Your Soup or Broth

Broths are some of the most recommended ways to gain nutrients, especially bone soup which has calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They are easy to make, and pulp adds flavor to make the soup even tastier. Vegetable pulp is the better option for this.  This is an easy recipe for vegetable broth that is made with vegetable juice pulp.(via Rejoice Nutrition Wellness)

baked muffins on rack

Adding it to Baked Foods

If you are a fan of baking and you are looking for a unique way of improving your baked goods, fruit pulp additions are a great choice.

They will liven up your recipes and give you nutritious and delicious final products. Moreover, due to the high water content found in pulp, your baking will require less oil and butter, therefore, helping you to cut on fat intake. The final baked dish will be all the healthier.

Here is a recipe for making muffins from carrot, apple and ginger juice pulp.  The author gives clear instructions and helpful tips for storing and substitutions. (via Healthful Pursuit)

Juice Pulp Crackers

Any lover of crunchy delicacies is going to enjoy a juice pulp cracker. And what’s even better is that it won’t set your diet goals back due to calories. Instead, you will be taking in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that will work wonders on your immune system and your body at large.

These raw juice pulp crackers can be made in a food dehydrator or an oven. The author used carrot juice pulp in this recipe, but states any vegetables can be used. (via The Green Creator

This vegetable cream cheese recipe made with juice pulp can be paired with your juice pulp crackers.(via Thank Your Body

Turning it Into a Dip

Have you ever thought of taking raw veggies with a dip? It’s a great way to pump up your nutrient and roughage levels while lowering calorie intake.

To fix yourself such a snack, add cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to half a cup of vegetable pulp. Mix the components while adding anything else you desire to improve the taste.   

Juice Pulp Crackers

Any lover of crunchy delicacies is going to enjoy a juice pulp cracker. And what’s even better is that it won’t set your diet goals back due to calories. Instead, you will be taking in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that will work wonders on your immune system and your body at large.

Lasagna, Pasta and Veggie Burgers

You can always increase the nutrient density of your spaghetti by adding vegetable pulp such as carrot, spinach, or beet when cooking it. The same is true for lasagna.  It can easily be layered in.

If you are minimalist cook, you will appreciate this recipe which uses vegetable pulp to make veggie burgers. (via Farm Fresh to You)

Juice Pulp Dog Treats

Although pulp from some fruits and vegetables is safe to feed dogs, it probably is a good idea to discuss this with your veterinarian first. Some folks add the pulp to their dog’s food or make biscuits with it. The AKC lists foods that dogs should and shouldn’t eat.

Vegetable Pulp Chicken Treats

Some vegetable pulp can be used as a treat for chickens. It gives them a lot of nutrients while improving their digestion. My chickens like the pulp from carrot and apple juice.

Note: There is some debate as to whether seeds from apples are toxic to chickens. The seeds contain amygdaline which converts to hydrogen cyanide after eating. The debate centers around whether there is enough cyanide in a seeds to harm the chicken. When I know I am going to give the chickens the leftover pulp from my carrot/apple juice, I remove the seeds prior to juicing, just to be on the safe side.

Here is a list of foods safe for chickens to consume. 

Other Ideas on Utilizing Pulp

Juice Pulp Fritters: A surprisingly simple recipe using kale, carrot and chard. Mix and fry.

Get the recipe from: Glow Kitchen

Juice Pulp Granola

This recipe can be made using either a dehydrator or in the oven.

Get the recipe from: Sweet Simple Vegan

If you don’t have time to use the pulp for cooking or baking, you can add it to the compost.

This article covers the basics of composting and how to add juice pulp to the compost.

Final Thoughts

It is important to incorporate juicer pulp into meals as it increases your fiber intake. All the above ideas are great methods to ensure you use the pulp left behind after juicing. However, you can always come up with creative recipes to use your leftover juice pulp.

If you want the fiber from fruits and vegetables, we have an article that discusses the differences between juicing and blending. 

[1] nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/

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