If you’ve recently started juicing at home, you’ve probably noticed a recurring pattern: the juice pulp just keeps adding up! Dumping your pulp down the disposal is quite literally money down the drain. So what do we do with all of that pulp? Here are a few ideas…
One of the easiest ways to reuse your pulp from juicing is to use it for composting. This is especially helpful for those who enjoy gardening. Just add the pulp, any pulp, to your compost pile and let the worms go to work on it. Composting is a great way to fertilize your garden without spending extra money.
2. Garden Veggie Burgers
Another great way to use your pulp is to make it into veggie burgers! You can use the pulp from practically any vegetable to make veggie burgers, but pulp from greens, carrots, and sweet potato tend to work the best. Combine your pulp with mashed beans or lentils of your choice, along with flour and seasonings for a great, easy homemade veggie burger.
3. Beet Burgers
Beet burgers have been gaining popularity lately, and there’s no better use for your beet pulp! Take your beet pulp, along with pulp from carrots and other veggies if you’d like, and combine it with seasonings and oat flour, and a binding agent for deliciously savory beet burgers at home.
Juice pulp from your vegetables makes a great addition to various soups! Just add in a handful or two of pulp to your favorite vegetable or bean soup, or minestrone, and boil for a few minutes for some extra fiber and nutrients.
Another easy way to use up your pulp is to add it to salads! Add in pulp from your leafy greens as a garnish, mix in pulp from your carrots, cucumber, celery, and more, or even add in pulp from your favorite fruits for a fruity sweet addition to any salad.
6. Pasta Sauce
Use your pulp to make a healthy homemade vegetable sauce for your pasta dishes by combining pulp from your tomatoes and other veggies with tomato sauce, garlic and onions, and Italian seasonings. Bring the sauce to a boil and allow it to cook until the pulp is softened, and serve with fresh pasta, or even use it on a pizza!
Blending your pulp is a great way to get more fiber and flavor into your smoothies. Kale or spinach pulp, as well as pulp from fruits like apples, peaches, and pears, make a great addition to any smoothie.
8. Vegetable Broth
Believe it or not, you can even use your pulp to make vegetable broth! Simply boil the pulp from your favorite veggies in a pot of water along with some herbs, and then strain it. The leftover liquid makes a great vegetable stock for your favorite soups and stews!
9. Muffins, Cakes, & Breads
You can also add your fruit and vegetable pulp into your favorite muffin, cake, and bread recipes! Mix pulp from apples and blueberries into your muffin mix for a fruity breakfast, or use pulp from your carrots to make a delicious homemade carrot cake.
10. Dog Food
If you can’t find a way to use up your pulp, look to your family pet! Fruit and vegetable pulp can be mixed into your dog’s food, or can be used to make homemade dog treats, and is a great way to get extra fiber and nutrients into your pup’s diet.