Juicing is a great way to make fresh, homemade fruit and vegetable drinks, but after extracting the juice from your produce, you end up with lots of leftover pulp. It seems a shame to toss that in the trash – but how in the world are you supposed to use it?
Luckily, it doesn’t have to go to waste. There are numerous ways to use that juice pulp and receive the health benefits and flavor it provides.
How to Use Juice Pulp
1. Juice Pulp Crackers
No, juice pulp crackers don’t sound overly appealing, but it all comes down to preparation. If you’ve whipped up juice using produce such as spinach, kale, apples, cilantro, parsley, and cucumbers, you’re going to be left with a nice, green pulp that’s perfect as a savory cracker base. Put two to three cups of pulp in a bowl and mix it with spices such as garlic, oregano, sea salt, pepper, and even chili powder. You’re going to want to season the crackers to taste, but start with about a half-teaspoon per seasoning, adjusting the amount as needed.
Press the pulp flat across a greased baking sheet and sprinkle lightly with more sea salt or sesame seeds. Use a knife to score the pulp into small, cracker-sized squares without cutting all the way through. All that’s left to do is dehydrate it. Place your baking sheet in the oven and bake on its lowest heat setting until the crackers are crisp – about 6 to 10 hours, depending on thickness. When they’re crisp, simply break them apart at the score lines and store them in an airtight container.
2. Juice Pulp Pizza Crust
The concept of juice pulp pizza crust is very similar to that of crackers – you’re essentially seasoning and dehydrating the juice pulp to give it new life. Like the crackers, pizza crust is best made with a vegetable juice pulp, although there’s a little more flexibility here. Try pulps with carrots, beets, and greens – you may even want to try one with sweet potatoes.
In a bowl, season two to three cups of juice pulp with Italian spices such as basil, oregano, garlic, and thyme, and add salt and pepper to taste. If you’d like, feel free to mix in mozzarella or Parmesan cheese. Spread the juice pulp evenly across a pre-greased pizza pan and dehydrate in the oven at 210 degrees for about two hours, flipping the crust once or twice. If the center of the crust is still pretty moist after two hours, turn up the oven’s heat to 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and add toppings as desired, returning to the oven to bake the pizza for about 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Juice Pulp Bread
If you love baking bread, it couldn’t be easier to incorporate juice pulp into your routine. Simply scrounge up your favorite zucchini or banana bread recipe and substitute veggie or fruit pulp in place of zucchini or banana. You shouldn’t expect the recipe to end up tasting exactly the same, but it’s still going to taste moist and delicious.
4. Juice Pulp Soup Starter
Juice pulp is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, making it the perfect base for a healthy soup. While any veggie-based juice pulp can suffice, I’m particularly fond of using pulp from a tomato-based juice featuring tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Place a cup of juice pulp in a blender with a 14-ounce can of chicken or beef stock and blend it thoroughly. Transfer the broth to a saucepan and heat it, adding spices as desired. Once the soup base is made, add meats and veggies to round out the meal. Cooked pasta, ground beef, cooked carrots, tomatoes, onion, and celery make for a delicious Italian-style soup.
5. Juice Pulp Pasta Sauce
Adding juice pulp to pasta sauce is one of the easiest ways to give it new life. Take one cup of veggie-based pulp (any variety can work), and put it in a blender with 16-ounces of a tasty homemade or bottled pasta sauce. Add cheese and Italian spices as desired and serve with your favorite pasta recipe. This tastes especially delicious in baked pasta dishes, such as lasagna or baked ziti.
6. Juice Pulp Smoothie
After making a fruit-based juice, freeze your pulp and pull it out the next time you’re planning to make a smoothie. Simply put a half-cup in your blender with a cup of fresh fruit and a half cup of vanilla soy milk, blend, and serve.
7. Juice Pulp Dog Food
Believe it or not, most dogs love fruits and veggies. Instead of feeding them pieces of raw carrot and banana, spoon juice pulp over dried dog food and serve as usual. The dogs are going to love the added moisture and flavor, and you’re giving them an extra shot of nutrients with every meal.
Just be sure you don’t give them juice pulp with ingredients that could be toxic to animals. Grapes, avocado, raw potatoes, onions, and garlic are several of the items to avoid feeding your pets.
It would be a shame to throw away all the nutrient-dense juice pulp that comes out of your juicer. Even if you don’t have an immediate use for it, store it in an airtight container in your refrigerator for a couple of days, or freeze it for up to two months. Think creatively about how you can add juice pulp to other dishes, such as casseroles, and take advantage of the extra nutrients you receive when incorporating juice pulp into your diet.
Do you save and reuse juice pulp? What’s your favorite juice pulp recipe?