Juicing is a great way to consume drinks full of much-needed vitamins and nutrients. However, you inevitably wind up with a lot of juice pulp in the process. Fortunately, there is no need to waste the leftover juice pulp. Instead, you can incorporate it into other food items, dog treats, and DIY skincare products.
So if you love juicing fruits and vegetables but have always wondered what to do with juicer pulp, you have come to the right place. This article explores 25 creative things you can do with leftover pulp from juicing and hopefully help spark ideas of your own. It also covers the reasons why leftover pulp shouldn’t be considered waste.
Reasons Leftover Juice Pulp Should Not Be Considered Waste
By now you know that you don’t have to throw out your leftover juice pulp but you may not know that there are a few reasons why this could be a bad idea.
First, juicers are designed to extract most of the nutrients and vitamins from the foods you juice. However, even the best juicers leave some of the healthy vitamins and nutrients behind. This is even true if you choose to run your pulp through the machine a second time. This is why reusing your juice pulp has become so popular. Keep in mind, if you have a masticating juicer it will do a great job of removing almost all of the nutrients from the food you juice thanks to their slow-speed design. If you have a centrifugal juicer, the most common type used in people’s homes, more of the nutrients will remain in the pulp, comparatively.
Second, simply tossing out your juice pulp creates waste and results in it taking up space in a landfill. For this reason, using your juice pulp in other food and products will speak to the environmentally-conscious readers out there.
25 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Juice Pulp
The following suggested ways to use your remaining pulp serve as a guideline to help spark ideas. As you’ll soon find out, juicer pulp is actually quite versatile so feel free to experiment with it in any way you like.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we are sure there are more creative uses of juicer pulp! But we hope our ideas can inspire you to figure get creative and do something more with your juicer pulp instead of just throwing it into the bin. You won’t have to worry about what to do with juicer pulp ever again!
Adding either veggie or fruit pulp to your smoothie recipe’s ingredients is a great way to pack them with extra vitamins and nutrients. This will also help to thicken the overall texture of your smoothie.
Eggs are quite versatile already but you can also add veggie pulp to eggs to enhance the flavour in a myriad of recipes. We recommend mixing your leftover pulp into scrambled eggs, omelettes, quiches, and frittatas.
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3. Pancakes and Maple Syrup
Leftover pulp from fruit juice can easily be combined with pancake batter ingredients, the same way you would add chopped fruit or berries. In order to use even more of your leftover juice pulp, you can also mix some into the maple syrup that will almost certainly be accompanying your pancake breakfast.
4. Cereal Topping
While we are on the topic of breakfast, you can also use fruit pulp as a topping on hot or cold cereal for a healthy boost. This can be done with either fresh juice pulp or dehydrated juice pulp if you enjoy the extra crunch in your cereals.
5. Sweet Baked Goods
You can also use fruit or even carrot juice pulp in your cookies and cupcakes. The sweetness of the fruit will complement the vanilla extract used in most baked goods recipes. The juice in the pulp will also help keep your sweets soft and moist for longer than is typical. Apple pulp works great for this!
6. Chicken or Vegetable Broth
When making chicken or veggie stock or broth at home, it is not uncommon to use leftovers pieces and remnants of vegetables from other recipes to create your broth. Similarly, you can also use vegetable pulp to make a chicken or vegetable broth recipe. This will add a lot of nutrients to your veggie broth and can easily be strained out or even left in when the stock is through cooking.
Similar to broth, you can also add vegetable pulp to your homemade soups, stews, and chilis. This is a particularly good option for blended soup recipes. Carrot, zucchini, celery, and lime are our favourite types of juice pulp for injecting flavour into your soup.
8. Savoury Baked Goods
Another popular option is to use veggie pulp to make savoury breads and muffins. Simply place the pulp in your food processor so it’s added to the batter of your favourite recipes. This technique will help keep your loaves of bread and muffins extra moist and of course, add lots of extra nutrition. Carrots, zucchini, spinach, and kale pulp all make excellent additions to savoury baked goods.
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9. Pasta Sauces
Try adding vegetable pulp to your homemade pasta sauce recipe or simply adding it to store-bought pasta sauce. Pulp makes a good addition to marinara, pesto, and alfredo sauces. It also sneaks in some added nutrients and may not even be noticeable to some picky kids, something that could be very beneficial for your family.
A common way to repurpose juice pulp that is loved by many and super easy to do is turning it into “pulp-sicles.” All you have to do is mix the pulp with a small amount of juice and pour it into a popsicle mould or an ice cube tray. If you use an ice cube tray, wait about thirty minutes and then place or insert toothpicks into each section to make your popsicles easier to handle once they are completely frozen.
11. Ground Meat
Adding vegetable pulp to ground beef and turkey recipes can help evenly distribute the flavour, smooth out consistency, and make foods like meatballs and burgers become a healthier option overall.
12. Veggie Burgers and Fritters
Similar to ground meat recipes, you can also add vegetable pulps to veggie fritters, veggie burgers, or veggie meatballs. Often, with these types of recipes, the vegetables need to be diced very finely or even shredded so starting with pulp will actually give you a head start on the preparation process.
13. Spreads and Dips
One of our favourite ways to use leftover juice pulp is with spreads and dips. The pulp can be added to the other ingredients in your recipes, or, it can easily be added to store-bought versions for some added kick. Some of our favourite dips to add pulp to include hummus, salsa, cream cheese, peanut butter, and jam or marmalade.
14. Pizza Dough
Add a small amount of pulp from green veggies to your pizza dough to enhance the flavour. Spinach and kale are our favourite types of pulp for this option. It doesn’t hurt to add some extra spices to the dough before placing it in your oven for baking.
15. Salad Dressing
Mix vegetable and citrus juice pulp into either homemade or premade salad dressing for a thicker consistency and even more health benefits than you would get from your salad alone.
16. Olive Oil
Adding dehydrated or drier vegetable pulp to olive oil will infuse it with added flavour. This is a great way to subtly add flavour to dishes while they are cooking.
17. Fruit Salad
Fruit and carrot pulp also makes an excellent addition to your favourite fruit salad. Try adding a bit of honey to help the pulp stick to the larger chunks better.
18. Pasta Salad
Green vegetable and carrot pulp can also be added to your favourite pasta salad dishes. This can add some tanginess and will be good served both warm and cold.
Pulp from savoury vegetables like kale, zucchini, and spinach can be used to thicken up a gravy recipe. This reduces the amount of butter or flour needed to make the gravy while also adding more nutrition. You could also eliminate the flour from the recipe entirely and only use pulp to create a gluten-free gravy, which is often difficult to find.
You can also mix leftover pulp into homemade granola bars and balls. Similar to veggie burgers, the fine consistency of the pulp will help speed up the preparation time. It will also help your granola bars stick together without having to use a lot of honey in the recipe.
Try dehydrating your pulp recipes and adding them to crackers or croutons for a more robust flavour. Carrot, apple, and other vegetable pulp are great for use in this manner.
This might sound silly, but you could always add your pulp right back into the juice recipe you just made if you enjoy a juice with a bit of chew.
23. Skin Care Products
You may be surprised to learn that you can also repurpose your leftover juice pulp to be used in DIY face scrubs and masks. Ingredients like avocado, apple, and citrus fruits like strawberry and orange are often found in these types of products. Try mixing pulp from these juices and possibly ginger juice pulp with some coconut oil and honey to create a DIY face mask. You may also want to add an exfoliator like sugar or oatmeal to create a scrub that is good for dry skin.
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24. Dog Treats
Dehydrated juice pulp can also be added to homemade dog treats. Vegetables like broccoli, carrots, kale, zucchini, and sweet potato are particularly good for dogs. However, avocados and grapes are known to be bad for dogs so make sure to exclude juice pulp from them in any dog treats you are making.
If you don’t plan on cooking or having time for DIY skincare in the next day or so, either because you are busy or have other plans, you can always resort to composting your leftover pulp. This ensures it won’t wind up in a landfill and go to waste. Instead, the juice in the pulp will be able to pass along its nutrients to the soil, functioning as a fertiliser as it decomposes.
Other Things to Consider
Now that we have overloaded you with ways to use pulp from juicing, you may have started to come up with some ideas of your own as well. Before you get started though, there are a couple more helpful tips we think you should know about that will help you experience the best results.
Juice Pulp Adds Extra Liquid to Your Recipe
When adding pulp leftover from juicing fruits and vegetables to your dishes, always remember and try to account for the extra liquid provided by most pulps. This is particularly important with baked goods as too much juice or liquid could hinder the baking process. Just use a little less of another liquid in your food recipe to balance it out and you should be fine.
How Long Will Leftover Juice Pulp Last?
The leftover pulp from juicing will last for up to 24 hours when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. However, we recommend using your pulp as soon as possible to prevent oxidation and preserve the best flavour. After incorporating the juice pulp into a recipe and cooking with it, your food will last 4 to 5 days, as per usual.
Now that you know what to do with juicer pulp and have a couple of tips on how to get the best results with your recipes, you won’t have to let any of the leftovers from juicing go to waste. Instead, you can incorporate them into family dinners, baked goods, snacks, and even DIY skincare.
Which one of our creative options sounds the most appealing to you? Or, did our suggestions spark something new for you? Regardless, you’re well on your way to minimising juicing waste, and you haven’t even put your newfound knowledge to work yet. Have Fun!