If you juice at home, try to find ways to reuse the pulp from your juice – the planet and your wallet will thank you. We share with you some of our ideas and recipes for re-using your juicer pulp.
Why re-use juicer pulp?
Juicing is great because our bodies assimilate the nutrients and minerals to our cells faster through liquid than through solid fruits and vegetables. Juicing essentially separates the juice and the pulp from the produce being juiced.
Though the pulp extracted from juicing may be dry and no longer have any nutrients in it, it is very rich with fibre, which is also important to our daily diet.
Many may find that the fibre from pulp is useful to be re-introduced into our system, while others just find it wasteful to throw away the pulp.
It’s important to remember, however, that the fibrous pulps expelled from juicing may also contain chemicals and pesticides. So if you plan to eat the pulp, be sure you choose organic produce.
The ways in which you can re-use juicer pulp may differ depending on the type of juicer that you own and the quality of the pulp that it produces.
Re-Using Pulp from your Masticating / Cold Press Juicer or Twin Gear Juicer
Masticating or cold press juicers like the Lifespring Slow Juicer, and twin gear juicers like the Green Power Juicer use a squeezing and pressing method to extract juice from fruits and vegetables. This means that the pulp that comes out is very dry and lacking in flavour as these juicers extract the maximum amount of juice from the produce.
Additionally, the Green Power Juicer filters out chemicals and pesticides in the juicing process so that they come out in the pulp, therefore it is really best not to consume the pulp from the Green Power Juicer.
Although the pulp from these types of juicers are not as suitable for eating or re-incorporating into recipes, they can be used to make:
Compost or fertiliser
Leftover pulp is excellent to fertilise your garden or for your compost bin. If you see composting as a long term project for re-using your juicer pulp, why not create a composting system? It’s an easy and great way to recycle and help the environment.
Pet treat or snack
Leftover pulp make a healthy snack or treat for pets, especially chickens or goats. If you would like to feed some pulp to your cat or dog, make sure that it’s not toxic to them first. Grapes, tomatoes, and seeds from apples, for example, are toxic to dogs and cats.
You can easily make sorbet using ripe, pre-cut, partially-frozen soft fruits (works great with bananas and berries). Feed them into the Juicepresso one by one, and the fruit will come out through the pulp chute as soft and creamy all-natural fruit sorbet.
Re-Using Pulp from your Centrifugal Juicer
If you own a centrifugal juicer, the pulp usually comes out quite wet and still flavourful, making it quite suitable to be re-incorporated into recipes. Pulp from these types of juicers are excellent for making:
Muffins and biscuits
Celery, onions and tomato pulp add some flair to savoury muffins and biscuits.
Add some texture and fibre into your soup with some vegetable pulp.
Veggie burgers, meatballs or meatloaf
Carrot and apple pulp add lovely moisture and texture to these.
Dips or sauces
Make dips, salsas and sauces using vegetable pulp such as tomatoes, celery, carrots and cucumber.
Make juicer pulp crackers using a dehydrator, or slowly bake it in the oven for several hours.
Leftover juicer pulp make great fruit leathers that can be stored for snacks.
Cakes or baked breads
Simply add a cup or so of pulp per loaf of bread or per cake to add some flavour. Carrots always work well.
Pastas and lasagnas
Tomato pulp is perfect for adding chunkiness to pastas and lasagnas.
Leftover pulp make a healthy snack for your pets. Just make sure you don’t feed them something that’s toxic to them.
Fruit pops or sorbet
Pulp from soft fruits such as bananas and berries are perfect for making fruit pops or sorbet at home. Healthy, natural and no artificial sweeteners!
Add some fruit to plain yoghurt and a touch of honey for some sweetness.
Tip: Buy organic produce so that your juice and pulp will be chemical- and pesticide-free. They may be more expensive, but at least you can be sure that you’re not consuming any chemicals.
Have your own ideas or recipes on re-using juicer pulp? Share them in the comments below!