Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is a delicious and nutritious way to boost your intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. However, it also results in a fair amount of leftover pulp and fiber. So what should you do with all that juicing residue?
Use it in Baking
One of the best uses for juicing pulp is adding it to baked goods like muffins, breads and cookies. The pulp adds moisture, texture and extra nutrients like fiber. For example, you can add around 1 cup of pulp to recipes like:
- Banana bread or zucchini bread
- Oatmeal cookies or energy bars
- Carrot apple muffins
Make sure to drain any excess liquid from the pulp before using. You can also freeze pulp for later use in baking recipes.
Make Broth or Stock
Vegetable pulp and peelings can be used to make a homemade broth or stock. Put the juicing remains in a pot with water, let simmer for an hour or so, then strain out the solids. This vegetable broth can be enjoyed on its own or used as a base for soups and stews.
Some good veggie scraps to use include:
- Carrot tops and ends
- Celery leaves and ends
- Onion skins and ends
- Fennel fronds
- Ginger peel
Make Juice Pulp Crackers
For a savory crunchy snack, you can make crackers out of leftover juicing pulp. Simply combine the pulp with eggs, cheese, herbs and a bit of flour. Roll out flat, cut into crackers, and bake until crisp. Season with salt, pepper or other spices as desired.
Composting is one of the easiest and most useful ways to utilize juicing leftovers. The pulp and fiber can be added right to your regular compost pile. It will break down over time and provide valuable nutrients for your soil and plants.
Some tips for composting juicing residue:
- Make sure pulp has dried out a bit before composting
- Mix in brown materials like dried leaves to balance out the wet pulp
- Bury pulp under layers of soil to prevent odors and fruit flies
Feed it to Livestock
If you live on a farm or homestead with chickens, pigs or other livestock, they can benefit from leftover juicing pulp. Herbivores and omnivores like chickens, cows, goats and pigs will often eat up fruit and veggie scraps happily.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Introduce new feed slowly to watch for allergies or sensitivity
- Avoid citrus peels and oils which can be toxic to some animals
- Pulp may be fed raw or cooked depending on the animal
As a last resort, you can simply throw away or discard excess juicing leftovers if none of the other options are feasible. However, this does waste all the nutrients and valuable resources that could replenish soils, ecosystems, gardens or animals. Trying to utilize it is better for sustainability and reducing food waste.
If you do end up with more than you can use, here are a few tips for disposal:
- Drain or squeeze out all excess liquid first
- Seal scraps in bags prior to putting in trash to contain odors
- Empty pulp from collection bowl into trash frequently to avoid mold
In addition to the standard uses above, there are also some creative ways to use up juicing leftovers like:
- Add to meatloaf or burgers for moisture
- Dehydrate and grind into powder to add to smoothies
- Reduce way down into thick sauce or paste
- Add to oatmeal or yogurt for extra texture
- Mix with olive oil and herbs for vegetable dip
With a little planning, you can make the most of leftover pulp and peels from making fresh juices. Get in the habit of baking with it, making broth, composting or feeding to animals. With creative recipes, even more uses will come to light. By fully utilizing juicing remains, you’ll get the most out of your fruits and veggies – reducing food waste in the process.
So next time you whip up a fruit or vegetable juice, don’t just toss the pulp in the trash. With these tips, you can give it a second life and get the most nutritional bang for your juicing buck.
|Baking||Adds nutrients, moisture and texture|
|Broth/Stock||Extracts flavor and nutrition|
|Crackers||Upcycles into savory snack|
|Compost||Enriches soil for gardening|
|Livestock Feed||Nutritious addition to diet|