Do you hate waste or trying to do more with your food items? Either way, you’re in the right place! In this article, we’re helping you reuse leftover juice pulp that you probably wouldn’t ordinarily give a second chance. Explore some of our favourite recipes and uses for juicer pulp below!
Reasons You Shouldn’t Throw Away Leftover Juicer Pulp
Before we dive into interesting recipes, you can use the leftover vegetable pulp. You may be wondering what the point of storing it is. Why shouldn’t you throw away the pulp when you don’t need it (or probably didn’t want it in the first place)?
Whether you use a high-end juicer, a masticating juicer, or any other type, it’s still likely that your appliance hasn’t extracted all of the nutrients and vitamins from your fruit and vegetables. This means that the leftover nutrients and vitamins sit in the veggie pulp, waiting to be used. On the other, if you have a mediocre juicer, it’s more than likely that most of the nutrients from the fresh fruit are sitting in the pulp.
Therefore, it seems entirely wasteful to throw away the vegetable pulp, which would then take up room in our landfills. Instead, recycling your veggie pulp allows you to be more environmentally friendly while not throwing away any nutrients left behind.
Is Juice Pulp Good for You?
We all know that fruit and vegetables are beneficial to our health. That is why many today use a juicer. But what about juice pulp? Is this equally as healthy for our bodies, and what are the benefits of consuming juice pulp? There are many uses for juice pulp, and you can even buy capsules that contain 100% juice pulp to enrich your body with vitamins and minerals. Below are some of the nutrient benefits of juice pulp.
Boost Your Immune System
None of us wants to get sick, so we need to treat our bodies right—starting with looking at what we consume daily. Juice pulp can help to boost your immune system, especially if it contains turmeric and ginger, which can stop you from getting ill.
Great Source of Vitamins and Minerals
We all know that we should eat more nutritious food, but making that change can be difficult—especially when you lead a busy life or have no idea where to begin. Regularly eating fresh fruit is an excellent way to start and, if you include some of the pulp in your juice recipe, you’ll already be one step ahead.
Need to increase your fibre intake? Then juice or veggie pulp is a great way to do that. The skin in pulp contains fibre essential for supporting blood sugar control, overall health and weight management.
What to Do With Juicer Pulp
Get creative with leftover juice pulp, so you don’t have to throw it away. Whether you used a juicer or did it manually, below are some innovative ways to use the pulp to prevent any waste.
If you’re a fan of veggie broth, you can use the pulp that’s leftover from your juicer to make your vegetable broth recipe. You have the option of using fresh or frozen pulp for this recipe, but we suggest thawing the juicer pulp before using it. Adding veggie pulp to your soups and stews can add more nutrients and enhance the overall flavour, so it’s a win-win situation.
- Pour up to 10 cups of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil
- Once the water has boiled, add in your pulp (as much as you have)
- Ensure the flavour of the veggie stock by adding salt, pepper, and your favourite spices
- Reduce to a simmer and cook the pulp for up to one hour, and set aside to cool
- Store in the fridge for up to five days or up to three months in the freezer
Add pulp to your drinks next time you’re thirsty to add some flavour to otherwise boring drinks and, at the same time, increase your fibre intake.
Who would have thought you could add fruit pulp to muffins, cupcakes, brownies, quick bread, and other bakery recipes? It’s an easy and one of the most creative ways to add some flavour to your snacks and create healthier alternatives.
Best of all, you may find that you can use the pulp in different ways. Apple pulp, for example, works well as an alternative to sugar for a sweet aftertaste in baked goods, and you can use carrot pulp in carrot cake.
- Preheat the oven to 200˚C
- Add your cupcake ingredients plus apple or carrot pulp to a bowl and mix the ingredients well
- Add the wet ingredients to the mixture and continue to stir until blended or use a food processor
- Grease cupcake tins and add the mixture to the individual sections
- Bake for 20–25 minutes and allow to cool before adding any frosting
Perhaps one of the most common ways to use leftover juice pulp is for smoothies, as this adds flavour, texture, and bulk to your fruit drinks. You can use fruit pulp or veggie pulp to create a nutrient-filled breakfast that you’ll love every morning. Pulp adds more fibre and nutrients to your smoothies. This is a great idea if you prefer a thicker consistency which could be akin to a milkshake.
The best part about mixing pulp into your smoothie recipes is that there are no rules on the ingredients you use. You can experiment with carrots, spinach, ginger, and more while enjoying the health benefits of pulp.
Why buy a pre-bought pasta sauce when you can create pulp recipes that are more nutritious and delicious? Adding any remaining pulp you have to a pasta sauce allows you to enhance your pasta’s texture and add a slightly different note than what you’re used to—perfect if you’re guilty of consuming the same sauce with your dish every time.
Juice Pulp Crackers
Pulp with crackers? It might not sound like the most convenient way of using leftover pulp, but we highly recommend it. It’s super easy to make crackers, make a delicious snack, and help with losing weight. You can mix chia or flax seeds with pulp to combine the mixture and thicken it up. This will create great crackers for dipping into sauces while giving you some new recipes to try with celery, butter and more.
Mix juicer pulp in with your burger recipes to add moisture and help to combine the ingredients. This trick is also great for adding some more vegetables to your meal without the flavour being too overwhelming—great for those who don’t always like the taste of vegetables and fruit but want to consume pulp to increase their nutrient intake.
The beauty of eggs is that they go well with virtually any vegetable, and they work particularly well with leftover juice or vegetable pulp. Add your pulp to an egg mixture to create scrambled eggs that are rich in texture and flavour. You’ll be amazed at how much tastier your dishes become just with a couple of tablespoons of pulp.
Your pet deserves a treat, too, which is why we didn’t want your furry friend to feel left out of this article. Use the leftover pulp to make dog treats. Mix your leftover pulp with flax seeds, which can help with a shinier coat, condition skin, reduce chronic inflammation, limit ear infections and many more health benefits.
We recommend double-checking what veggies and fruit are suitable for your dog and consulting your vet, if necessary.
Here’s how to make your homemade dog treats:
- Preheat your oven to 180˚C
- Mix the leftover juicer pulp with flax seeds or oats in a blender. You can also add olive oil to help combine the ingredients better.
- Once blended, roll the mixture into individual shakes and use a cutter to create an equal amount.
- Place the individual cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for up to one hour.
- After this period, retrieve them from the oven and wait for them to cool down before serving.
Many of us want to increase our water intake, but the taste of water can become tiresome. One of our favourite creative ways to help with this is by adding juice pulp to ice cube trays to enhance the overall flavour of your drinks while adding some additional nutrients to your water. Play around with citrus fruits, juice, carrots and more.
Make your batter recipes for pancakes by adding fresh juice pulp to the mixture. You might also want to add in some vanilla extract, sweet potato and maple syrup for some sweetness and excitement. This works great for a delightful breakfast treat high in nutrients and is an excellent alternative to cereal.
Speaking of cereal, you can use leftover pulp to enhance your current breakfast while also increasing your vitamin intake. Use the fruit pulp on top of granola or hot cereal for a boost. You can use either fresh or dehydrated pulp, depending on whether you prefer a crunch or not.
Another great way to use juice pulp is by turning it into compost to contribute to healthy soil and help your plants grow. First, cover your compost bin with a three-inch layer of wet items. Then, add the juice pulp along with lawn clippings, fresh manure and whatever else you want to add.
What Are Some of Your Go-to Recipes for Leftover Pulp?
So those are the many ways on what you can do with juicer pulp. Remember, don’t throw them right away! Surprisingly, many are not aware of how pulps can still be beneficial. Not only that, we are helping the environment by controlling the waste we dispose of.
We want to discover more good stuff that you’ve made with the leftover pulp. So please share your juicer pulp recipes and more in the comments to help our readers obtain more useful information.