A common question juicers often have is, “What should I be doing with all this pulp? Isn’t it wasteful just to throw it out?” Well, yes…and no. I’ll be the first to admit I hate to waste anything. Think: saving paper towel rolls in case my four year old needs a telescope, saving t-shirts to use for dusting, saving tissue paper from presents to use for future gifting…the list goes on and on. But the first thing to remember about pulp is that you’ve already removed the valuable nutrients. Literally all that’s left is fiber…and mostly indigestible fiber at that.
(To illustrate: in an effort to abet my non-wasteful ways, I offered the massive amount of pulp I produce to a friend who has horses, assuming he would jump at the opportunity to have it for feed. However, he explained that there’s really nothing of any value left for him to feed his animals because, again, all the valuable nutrients have been removed).
But undaunted, and still wanting to think I wasn’t being wasteful, I offered it up to a neighbor for her compost bin. So that’s what I do with mine. And because I understand your sincere need to do something worthwhile with all that pulp, here are 5 things you can do:
Compost (or more accurately in my case, a friend’s compost): The pulp of fresh fruit and vegetable juices makes a great, rich compost for gardens.
Soups/Stews/Broth: You can use your pulp to thicken soups and stews and it also makes a wonderfully flavorful homemade vegetable broth with less sodium, fat, etc. than store-bought varieties. Here’s a basic vegetable broth recipe to try: http://www.fitsugar.com/Save-Vegetables-Peelings-Make-Low-Sodium-Homemade-Vegetable-Broth-7116161.
Baked goods: You can use your pulp to add flavor and fiber to baked items like muffins, breads, etc. Here’s a great zucchini muffin recipe that incorporates pulp from Reboot with Joe: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/zucchini-muffins-recipe-of-the-week/
Veggie burgers (and meatloaf too if you’re a meat eater): Pulp adds flavor, texture, and moisture. Here’s a sweet potato slider recipe from Joe Cross: http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/recipe-of-the-week-sweet-potato-sliders/ and here’s another basic veggie burger recipe from the Detoxinista: http://detoxinista.com/2011/04/beet-this-burger/.
Dog Treats: Yes, that’s right…Fido can get a little extra fiber while you’re combating pulp waste. Add a little leftover kale pulp to your dog’s food bowl and they will scarf it down. Or you can also make dog treats. Get the recipe for homemade healthy dog treats here: http://www.rawmazing.com/left-over-juice-pulp-doggie-treats/.