Juicing your fruits and vegetables is an easy and effective way to introduce more vitamins and nutrients into your diet. However, no matter what type of juicer or ingredients you use, every session results in a hefty amount of leftover pulp.
This pulp is not only still edible, but contains noticeable amounts of the same vitamins and nutrients that are now in the juice. Instead of throwing it the trash, try one of these helpful methods to give your pulp a new life.
Add it to broths or soups
This method works best with pulp form vegetables such as carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, or celery, as these are also common ingredients in a variety of soups. The pulp incorporates itself into the dish and not only adds flavor but also helps to thicken the soup.
Depending on the type of pulp, you can also use it as the base for soup if you have a large enough quantity. For example, add some water and oil to a few cups of carrot pulp to create a simple carrot soup. You can also boil the pulp in water to create a quick vegetable stock.
Turn it into fruit leather
Again, this method is ideal for your leftover fruit pulp, though it is possible to create vegetable leather if you are so inclined. The best part is that you don’t need any special equipment to prepare the treat, which is great for both kids and adults. Scoop the pulp onto a baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer. Turn your oven to a low heat and bake for a few hours, until the fruit is completely dry. You can also add different spices or other ingredients to add an extra flair.
Mix it into meals
One of the simplest ways to reuse your leftover pulp is to add it into whatever meal you’re making next. This works with almost any meal, as long as you account for the change in consistency. Meals with a liquid component, such as a pasta sauce or chili, easily incorporate vegetable juice pulp because it doesn’t require any additional cooking. However, you may need to add more water to keep the liquid from thickening too much. Adding the pulp to dry dishes requires different considerations depending on the meal, which can include frying the pulp before adding other ingredients or stirring it in before serving.
Bake it into muffins
Baking fruit muffins is another supremely simple way to reuse virtually any kind of pulp. One method is to make a muffin recipe based on the specific type of pulp you have, such as carrot cake muffins or apple muffins. This allows you to use the pulp in place of the chopped or purred version of that ingredient.
Another take on this method is to work greens into the muffins for an added nutrient boost. Kale, spinach, and turnip greens are prime candidates, as they impart many different health benefits. Just make sure you modify the recipe to account for the flavor change and give it the right amount of sweetness.
Toss it into smoothies
If you’re pressed for time or simply want a hassle-free method to put your leftover juicing pulp to use, go with a smoothie. All you need to do is drop the pulp into a blender with a little ice, fruits and the liquid of your choice and pulse until its smooth.
The pulp may not make for a complete substitute to fresh fruits and vegetables, but it does add texture and provide a boost in vitamins and other nutrients.
Leftover juicing pulp is best used shortly after the juicing process in order to avoid loss of nutrients or taste. However, if you can’t use it right away, simply place the pulp into an airtight container or zipper top bag and put it into the freezer. Use within a few weeks for best results.