Juice Pulp, Eek What To Do?

Today one of my twitter pals posed the question, “What should I do with my leftover pulp after juicing?”  That’s such a good question.  Really the possibilities are endless, but it can be difficult to come up with creative answers on the spot, as she found out.

If you don’t want to reuse the fibrous pulp in other foods but don’t want to throw it in the garbage either, consider composting.  Your plants will love it and you’ll be satisfied that you’ve immersed yourself in the processes of nature.  Mother Earth News has several articles about starting your own composting bin.

Okay, so if you don’t have a need for compost soil or aren’t really into that much work, you can use the pulp in other food recipes. Sometimes you may want to put the pulp back into the juice.  Mix these together in a blender or food processor.  The pulp can also be baked in muffins, made into frozen treats, used to make soup, or dehydrated.

Fruit pulps make excellent sherbets and frozen yogurts.  Really all you need is some yogurt, fruit pulp, and honey.  Several frozen treat recipes incorporating the pulp of fruits, sweet vegetables, and herbs can be found in the book I recommend, The Juicing Bible.

Try putting some of your vegetable pulp into homemade veggie burgers or other such recipe that would call for vegetables.  I like to put some in my vegetable enchiladas.

Don’t freak out about your juice pulp.  Get creative, try something new. Still can’t decide?  Freeze the pulp until  you do!

Do you have an idea for using juice pulp?  Let me know with your comments!

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  1. For some pulp such as apple and carrot etc I feed it to my chickens if I can’t use it some other way. I compost some that the chickens won’t eat, but that’s not much at all.

    1. I agree with Anna. Chickens are great, they eat almost anything and they give us clean, fresh eggs to boot!

    2. My pulp goes to my pigs. Works great if I am traveling, bc hubby hates picking veggies. I freeze enough up for when I will be gone and he just opens the bag and is done.

  2. We use leftover pulp in soups and stews but the most popular use in my house is in muffins…at least a cup of high value pulp goes into one dozen muffins. As we use a mix of carrots, apples, leafy greens and pears and quince (in season) the pulp is different everytime resulting in a variety of muffin recipes. I use straight fuit juice as the sweetner, with small volumes of milk/yogurt whey/soy drink until the desired consistency is reached, depending on what is in the fridge.

    The compost gets the rest!

  3. Live in a Condo…so NO Composting aloowed….lol….I’ve been freezing the pulp….like in ice cube trays, then shuffle in2 a zip lock….Then I can drop ’em in2 soups, crock-pot etc…Gr8 fiber & gr8 nutrition.

    1. Duane,

      Try worm composting. No smell and you can do it under your sink. My son started one for a science experiment and we’ve just kept it going. Find some Red Wigglers on Craigslist and let them make great compost for your house plants or patio tomato.

    2. Great idea Duane!
      I think I’ll try that with my veggie pulp. Love the idea of freezing the pulp into ice-cube-shaped peices
      and storing them in freezer bags. Then you can just grab one out of the freezer while you’re making
      soups or stews, etc. Sort of like a giant buillion cube, but packed with nutrition as well as flavor.
      (The cube shaped pulp would look better than just having a frozen blob to toss into the soup – much neater too). Cool idea! Thanks for sharing that.

    3. Great idea! I live in a condo too, and hate throwing away the pulp. I’ll be freezing them from now on too.

  4. i just made a wonderful quick and easy raw avocado soup with some leftover pulp.
    The pulp was made up of 1 cucumber + 1 apple + 1 lemon (peeled) + 1 lime (peeled). In a food processor i pureed 1 avocado and then added the pulp with some of or all of its juice. mix well and add coconut milk until it reaches a creamy consistency. season with salt/pepper and garnish with cilantro or parsley. yum. made a great lunch!

    another variation of the recipe is a raw carrot ginger soup where you substitute carrot-ginger-lime (peeled) pulp/juice in place of the cucumber-apple-lemon. another yum!
    happy mixing!

  5. I seen the movie fat,sick & nearly dead and it has motivated me to do something abt my weight I can’t wait to start doing the reboot …I just need to know is there any way u guys can mail me a book or some type of paper written or a step by step plan I can follow ???

  6. Found your site this morning and lots of new encouragement. THANK YOU. The new juicer is on the way and this time around my HUSBAND is excited about the juicing. So much to read..So much to juice…we start a 60 day juice only fast next week. Major nerve damage from “rat lung worm” parasite I picked up in Hawaii over 4 years ago. Hoping juce lifestyle will help with many of the health issues. Will let you know.

  7. In the movie, Joe says the things to juice are vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans. i have yet to see a recipe that includes nuts or beans. plus, I have the idea that at least some beans are toxic if not cooked. Any info on nuts or beans in juice recipes?

    1. Not all juicers will handle nuts and dried? beans. To make a nut “mylk” soak them in water then blend approx 1 cup nuts to 3 cups water in a blender and strain out the solid material.

      1. A great way to strain nut mylks is to use a paint strainer bag. I purchased 2 in a pack at Home Depot for about $2. Works great! Homemade almond mylk is superior to anything you can buy in a grocery store. Just be sure to soak the nuts overnight. And for an extra creamy treat, cut back the water to about 2 cups or so. YUM!

  8. I saw the film last night June 10, 2012.
    I am going to start juicing today. Already have a juicer. But I am startting slow. Ten days juicing breakfast first.Then eating lots of vegetables very little lean protein. Staying off beef completely. Then ten days later I will Juice breakfast and lunch. Ten days later I will juice all three meals. If my body can handle it then I will juice 30 days.
    Wish me luck.

    1. Hi Meri, With a clear and steady plan like this I’m sure you’ll have much success. All the best to you!

  9. I also give some of my pulp to my two dogs. I just add it to their dry kibble. I used to feed my former dog a raw diet and this would’ve been a great addition to that. In my research for her diet I read that in the wild dogs will eat the stomach contents of their kills (deer, etc) and so I figure the pulp from my juicer is pretty similar. It adds to their fiber intake plus some extra nutrients. My lab tends to get a little chubby in the winter months and the extra bulk keeps him satisfied without adding to his waistline. They like the pulp so much that they now beg more when I’m juicing than they ever did when we were frying burgers or marinating steak! I also have to get a new enclosed composter because if I just toss it in the pile the dogs will dig it out and eat it. I will say that if your dog isn’t used to eating raw veggies/pulp to add it slowly to their diet. It can be diuretic (cucumber) and make them gassy or give them diarrhea.

  10. day 1 of juicing,my goal is to do at least a 10 day reboot,I am concerned that I dont have enough juicing veggies to carry me thru til the next store run(due to weather). If I were to have a salad or other whole veggie,how interruptive to the reboot would that be? My thought,if I’m doing the effort,maybe I need to hold off until I have full access to what I need,thanks.

  11. I have just completed a 10 day juice fast and feel great. I supplemented it with hot cups of wonderful ‘Crio Bru’– a drink made from roasted and ground cocoa beans that are full of anti-oxidants and minerals. It reacts in the body like a lemon with its acids turning into alkaline –so it is also a cleanser. It was a great way to incorporate variety and satisfaction. The coca bean curbs the appetite so I never was hungry. I just add a little stevia to sweeten it. It is only 10 cal. per 6 oz cup–one of the ‘super foods’ of the planet!
    I recommend it to everyone:)

  12. I have been juicing carrots and kale, then adding the pulp to spiced brown rice. The kids eat it and love it and it adds extra vitamins to their food. Better than letting it go to waste. We also add some of the fruit/vegg pulps to muffins and sweet bread. Occasionally my dog gets some pulp mixed into his puppy chow 😉

  13. My sister’s dog gets the pulp in his daily food mix. He had hard time going up and down the stairs, now after having a daily mix of fruit and veggie pulp, he scampers up and down like a young pup again.

  14. We dehydrate our pulp and then blend it into a fine veggie broth powder which we keep in air tight jars in the spice cupboard. It is delicious added to grains, soups, homemade pastas, breads, and muffins, and any other place you would use a veggie powder. It’s great because we always know our veggie powders are fresh and organic and raw so they remain full of enzymes. We also compost our pulp of course.

    What a fun blog. Thank you!

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