If you’ve purchased a sophisticated home juicer appliance, you are probably enjoying an easy way to get more whole foods nutrition into your diet. You may have become a natural at whipping up tasty and nutritious drinks out of the produce that you find at your local supermarket, farmer’s market or CSA. But there’s another important way that your juicer provides you with raw products for healthier meals, and if you don’t take advantage of it, you’re leaving value on the table.
Leftover juice pulp is a good resource for a lot of home cooks. Individual juicer fans use this leftover stuff to make anything from baked goods to soups and smoothies. In a lot of senses, that semi-processed remainder at the bottom of your juicer is a valuable commodity, because it still has a lot of nutrition and it’s easy to fit into various kinds of recipes.
More Leftover Pulp Recipes
For more, take a look at this list from Tess Masters, also known as The Blender Girl, posting on Vegetarian Times.
“One of the questions I get asked most about juicing is ‘What can I do with the juice pulp?’” writes Masters. “Tons of things! Read on for 20 of my favorite uses for leftover juice pulp—and get inspired to reduce your food waste and make fantastic use of healthful fiber.”
Masters’ ideas include making popsicles or “pulpsicles” out of different kinds of pulp; she also covers the baked goods angle with references to muffins, cookies and bread — and even suggests that you can create pizza crust or other more specialized carb-loading products with pulp. Or, says Masters, mix it in with high-protein raw foods for a handy trail mix.
These ideas from a well-known juicing expert are a good way to broaden your culinary horizons with your modern juicer. You can experiment with many different kinds of fruit and vegetables, including traditional choices like apples, greens and carrots, or you could branch out into more exotic territories using ingredients like ginger, turmeric or other tasty roots, or less usual juicing choices like sweet potatoes or Jerusalem artichokes.
Juice It Again
Although Masters presents a great array of choices for using up juicer pulp, there’s another even simpler option that a lot of experienced juice fans recommend: just run the pulp back through the juicer, either attended by other ingredients, or on its own. You’ll often get a significant amount on “second pressing” that you can use for drinks or other recipes. Some juicer users like to do this because the texture and viscosity of the second run may be different and offer other possibilities for mixing into recipes.
Keep looking at all of the ways you can use a juicer machine to change what’s in your refrigerator and what’s on your plate.