When I first started juicing, I was shocked at all the pulp that was left over. ¬†It was just so wasteful, and I hate wasting food. ¬†The juice pulp has tons of fiber and some nutrients left over from the juicing process.¬† Turns out there’s actually a slew of things that can be done with juice pulp to conserve both food and money:
¬†1. Feed it to your pet
The juice pulp can be wonderful for your pet’s health. ¬†You can feed the pulp to your pet straight from the juicer (although Bea Arthur ran away from me when I tried to give her apple kale pulp) or there are even dog biscuit recipes¬†made out of leftover juice pulp! ¬†Remember that every animal is different. ¬†Talk to your vet about your individual pet’s diet if needed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Some vegetables are toxic to cats and dogs. ¬†Please make sure you don‚Äôt include these in your treats or give them to your pets to eat.
Composting is fantastic for the soil and the environment. ¬†It’s also the easiest way to use your juice pulp without throwing it out. ¬†Depending on your housing situation, you can use a counter top composter, or a larger compost bin. ¬†Living in a city, I have found that my CSA actually accepts composted materials.
3. ¬†Cook it
There are some great recipes that use juice pulp (although most call for veggie pulp only, so remove it before adding any fruit to your juice.
Recipe: ¬†Homemade Vegetable Broth
Making homemade vegetable stock is one of my favorite recipes that uses juice pulp. ¬†¬†This recipe from William Sonoma has worked out great for me.
Recipe: Morning Smoothie
Smoothies are a quick and healthy breakfast. ¬†Throw the juice pulp from one juicing with half an avocado, 1 banana, 1/4 cup of frozen berries, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1 cup of almond milk. ¬†Add some raw honey to taste if desired. ¬†Blend it together and enjoy. ¬†Yummy!
Recipe: Pasta Sauce
Saute the (veggie only) juice pulp in 1 tablespoon of olive oil with one clove of chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. ¬†Add your favorite jarred sauce (I like Rao’s or Monte Bene) and simmer until warm. ¬†Serve over whole grain or gluten-free pasta.
Recipe: ¬†Veggie Burgers
There are tons of recipes for veggie burgers! ¬†In general I add one cup of juice pulp (veggie only) + 1 can of beans + one cup of mushrooms +1 clove of garlic + 1/4 of a small onion + 1 egg. ¬†Add salt, pepper and whatever flavors you like! ¬†Some of my favorite combinations:
Middle Eastern Flavors: 1 cup juice pulp (veggie only), one can of chickpeas, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 clove garlic, 1/4 of a small onion, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon tahini, 1/2 tablespoon paprika, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon cumin.¬†Pulse in the food processor until smooth. ¬†Form the burgers and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. ¬†Top With tomato, cucumber, grilled eggplant and tahini dressing.
Tex Mex Flavors: ¬†1 cup juice pulp (veggie only), one can of black beans, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 a shallot, 1 egg, 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon coriander, and the juice of half a lime. ¬†Pulse in the food processor until smooth. ¬†Form the burgers and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. ¬†Top the burger with tomato and guacamole: