Juicing means extracting the fiber in the form of pulp from the fruit and vegetable, and drinking just the juice. Of course you get all these benefits from the juice, but then there is the pulp (unless you buy a bottled juice!).
Did you know the pulp is a great source of fiber and nutrients. So what are you supposed to do with all the pulp that your juicer leaves behind?
Do you just throw it in the garbage? Or can you use the left-over pulp from juicing your fruits and vegetables?
Well, it turns out that while juicing helps you stay healthy and fit, that you can also use every bit of your pulp in more ways than you can imagine, some even so easy that you might kick yourself for not knowing sooner – I know I did.
3 Options on When to Use Your Pulp
First, here is the best approach to using the pulp:
Option #1: Use the pulp immediately after juicing so that it is at its freshest state.
Option #2: Put the pulp in a zip lock bag or a glass container with a tight-lid and store in your fridge and use within a few days.
Option #3: Freeze your pulp for future use.
I recommend Option #1 as the ideal choice and Option #2 as your backup but you have Option #3 as well.
Now, what do we do with the pulp? This varies somewhat depending on the pulp.
My favorite vegetable pulps are carrot and beet. I love spreading them over a raw green salad. They give the salad a nice filling taste, adding a new texture, and providing me with plenty of fiber. Plus the orange and red colors are lovely and make the dish look all the more appetizing.
That’s just one example. You can do so SO much more with your pulp. I used to just throw the pulp away or use it in my compost when I first started juicing (and some days I still may do that) but let’s talk about what you can do with your juice pulp.
11 Ways to Use the Left-Over Pulp from Your Juice
Before you throw away that pulp, check out how creative you can get and put every last bit of your produce to good use:
1. Make a yummy guacamole with the pulp:
I love guacamole and one time I read about a recipe that involved green vegetable pulp mixed with avocado, fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice, salt and pepper to taste, and completely mashed up. YUM!
2. Use the pulp in your bakery:
Add a little vegetable or fruit pulp, depending on the flavor you want, to your cake, sweet bread, muffins, and other baked goods.
3. Boost your pancakes with the fruit pulp:
Sprinkle a little fruit pulp, especially from the berries, apples, and pineapple onto your pancake mix.
4. Add fruit or veggie pulp to your next healthy smoothie:
I prefer using the fruit pulp here but you may use the veggies too. My favorites are the carrot and apple pulp.
5. Fortify your meat balls or burgers with veggie pulp:
Your burgers will never taste the same again. Use a mix of beet, carrot, celery, parsley or other greens and bon appetit!
6. Spread a little pulp over your pizza before baking:
For this one, I like using spinach, celery, parsley, carrot and onions or even pineapple. Enjoy!
7. Make the best soup stock with your veggie pulp:
If you want soup stock with tons of flavor, veggie pulp is an excellent as a base. Use pulp of tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic for best results.
8. Mix some pulp into your next Italian dish, pasta or lasagna sauce:
Add some of the veggie pulp, especially carrot, tomato, onion and herbs such as parsley and cilantro, into your pasta or lasagna sauces.
9. Add veggie pulp to sour cream or mix up for spread or a chip dip:
Veggie pulp can add a lot of texture and flavor to your dips! Get creative.
10. Add veggie pulp to your dog or pet food:
Use the vegetable pulp in your pet’s food, avoid fruits and also be cautious about beet pulp. Start out with very small portion to make sure your pet likes it.
11. Put the pulp to your compost:
If you are in a big hurry or going out of town and not able to use the pulp, always put it in your compost. Never put it directly in your garbage.
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