Juicing at home has become a very popular alternative to buying shop made juices. Not only does it give you the creative freedom to make exactly the flavour combination you desire but you can also have more confidence in the quality of the ingredients you are using and cut down on your use of plastic bottles. But for many people their main turn off with juicers and juicing is the amount of food waste they seem to produce. When you see first hand how much produce you need to create a single serving of juice and how much of it ends up in the pulp bin it can be a little disheartening, especially for those who are trying to live a zero waste lifestyle or are on a budget.
But thankfully the pulp shouldn’t be treated as waste at all, it’s simply a new ingredient and can be repurposed in a number of ways very easily.
The most obvious thing you can do with your pulp is to eat it. The pulp extracted from the juice is obviously still edible, it’s packed full of important fiber and it is also still very nutritious flavourful, it would be a tragedy to simply throw it away.
Depending on what it is you’ve juiced this pulp can be used to create a variety of new healthy and exciting recipes. Fruit pulp can be put into pie fillings, berry pulp can be used in pancake or muffin recipes, carrot and courgette pulp can be used to make moist cakes. You can even add pulp into the next smoothy you make.
If you’re making a lot of green juices with vegetables then why not use the vegetable pulp to create your own delicious stocks, soups and stews. Another possibility is to create a simple and nutritious vegetable burger patty by combining your vegetable pulp with a binder, herbs and spices. The options really are endless and there are countless recipes online that you can reference for inspiration. Just remember that the pulp now contains significantly less liquid than the whole fruit or vegetable and so you may need to add some back into the recipe if you are substituting.
Although it’s always best to use the pulp straight away when it’s at its freshest, if you’re juicing regularly you may find that you’re creating far more pulp than you can eat, but not to worry, simply find a suitable storage container, label it and freeze it to use later. Freezing the pulp in individual portions makes it much easier to grab what you need and will save you from having to break apart a solid block of pulp. One easy way to portion the pulp is to use ice lolly moulds.
If your freezers full and you don’t want to use the pulp as food for you, then the next best thing to do is to use it as food for your garden by putting it in your worm bin or compost, your garden and worms will thank you. Never put the pulp straight in the rubbish bin otherwise all the nutrients left inside it will go to waste.