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How to make juice out of pulp?

Making juice from fruit and vegetable pulp is a great way to reduce food waste and get extra nutrients from your produce. The pulp left over after juicing still contains a lot of liquid and fiber that can be recovered by processing it further. With just a few simple steps, you can extract even more juice and make the most of the fruits and veggies you buy.

What is Juice Pulp?

Juice pulp is the fibrous material that remains after produce has been juiced. When fruits and vegetables are pressed or squeezed to extract their liquid, the juices come out while the solid pieces of peel, seeds, and fibrous tissue stay behind as the pulp. This pulp is mostly made up of fiber, which is the indigestible portion of plant foods. Though it may seem like nothing but waste, juice pulp still contains a lot of nutrients and plant compounds and also retains quite a bit of moisture.

Why Use Juice Pulp?

There are a few reasons why you may want to process leftover pulp into more juice:

  • Reduce food waste – Fruit and vegetable scraps make up a large portion of household food waste. Finding uses for pulp keeps it out of landfills.
  • Extra nutrients – Though the majority of vitamins and minerals are present in the extracted juice, pulp still provides fiber, phytochemicals, and trace amounts of micronutrients.
  • Added yield – You can increase the quantity of juice you get from your produce, which gives you more for your money.
  • Flavor and texture – Incorporating some pulp back into the juice results in a thicker, richer drink.

What You’ll Need

Reprocessing pulp into juice doesn’t require any special equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fruit and/or vegetable pulp – This can be freshly juiced pulp or unused pulp that’s been saved in the fridge for a couple days.
  • A blender or food processor – This breaks down the pulp to release the remaining moisture.
  • A fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth – To separate the re-extracted juice from the dry pulp fibers.
  • Containers – For collecting the juice and catching the strained pulp.

Optional items like a potato masher or citrus reamer can help work the pulp to extract more juice.

Choosing Produce for Repurposing Pulp

Nearly all types of fruits and vegetables can be recycled into more juice, but some varieties have higher yields:

Produce Juice Yield from Pulp
Watermelon High
Citrus Fruits High
Cucumber Moderate
Spinach Low

Pulp from watery fruits like watermelon and citrus fruits tend to contain a lot of remaining liquid and pulp from leafy greens and vegetables has less. For best results, use the pulp immediately after the initial juicing.

Juicing Steps

Follow these simple steps for turning leftover pulp into more juice:

  1. Collect the pulp – As you juice your fruits and veggies, keep the pulp from each separate produce type. You’ll process each pulp variety separately.
  2. Break up the pulp – Place the pulp in a blender or food processor and blend it on high speed for 1-2 minutes to chop it into a slurry.
  3. Strain the pulp – Pour the blended pulp into a sieve or lay it inside a cheesecloth. Press and squeeze the pulp with a spoon to drain the juice through while catching the dry fibers in your strainer.
  4. Collect and store the juice – Pour the extracted juice into an airtight container and store it in the fridge if not using right away. Enjoy it fresh or add it into smoothies, sauces, soups etc.
  5. Compost or discard the dry pulp – The strained pulp fibers can go right into your compost bin. Otherwise pack them into the trash.

Here are some tips for getting the highest yield from your juicing pulp:

  • Mix together different pulp varieties for more flavor complexity.
  • Mash or press citrus peels thoroughly to get the most juice.
  • Add a small amount of water to dry pulp to help release the juice.
  • Squeeze cheesecloth or press pulp against the sieve to maximize drainage.

Juice Pulp Recipes

Some ideas for using your pulp juice:

  • Green juice boost – Mix leftover pulp from leafy greens or vegetables into a fruit-based green smoothie.
  • Citrus splash – Add a dash of citrus pulp juice to water or cocktails for a refreshing tang.
  • Frozen treats – Blend pulp juice into popsicles, sorbets, or ice cream bases for a nutrition punch.
  • Savory sauces – Swap out vegetable broth or water in sauces and gravies for vegetable pulp juices.
  • Mocktails – For fun faux cocktails, combine fruit pulp juices with herbs, spices, or mixed with sparkling water.

Nearly any recipe that calls for fruit or vegetable juice can incorporate the extra juice squeezed from the pulp. Get creative with pulses, soups, dressings, and more.

Storing Juice from Pulp

To retain the highest quality, juice made from fruit and vegetable pulp needs proper storage:

  • Use quickly – Try to use recycled pulp juice within a day or two for the freshest flavor.
  • Refrigerate – Keep juice chilled at 34-40°F.
  • Avoid oxygen – Limit oxidation by filling containers fully and sealing tightly.
  • Freeze for later – Freeze juice in ice cube trays or bags for up to 6 months.

With proper handling, the liquid pressed from produce pulp can add great taste and nutrition to juices, smoothies, baked goods, sauces, and more for 1-3 days.

Safety Tips

When working with fruit and vegetable pulp, keep these food safety guidelines in mind:

  • Wash all produce thoroughly before juicing.
  • Process and strain pulp within 2 hours of juicing for safety.
  • Only re-juice pulp from firm, fresh produce, not from older wilting produce.
  • Keep recycled juice chilled and use within 2 days for best quality and safety.
  • Discard juice that smells, tastes, or looks unpleasant.

Getting the Most from Pulp

With very little effort, you can recover a surprising amount of extra juice from the pulp your juicer leaves behind. Using what would otherwise go to waste saves money while reducing your food scrap footprint. With inventive ways to use pulp juice in recipes, you can give your meals and snacks an added dose of nutrients.

Next time you enjoy a refreshing glass of homemade juice, take a few extra minutes to process the pulp. Your only regret may be not doing it sooner!


Extracting additional juice from fruit and vegetable pulp is an easy way to maximize nutrients and minimize waste from your juicing habits. Now that you know the process for recycling pulp into juice and how to incorporate it into your diet, you can put those leftover fibrous bits to good use. Implementing this practice at home is one more way we can all contribute to a healthier, more sustainable food system.