Have you experienced the benefits of juicing? When you eat foods that are cooked above 114 degrees, the enzymes are destroyed by the heat. Juicing raw fruits and vegetables enables you to consume all those beneficial enzymes. In addition, because juicing removes the indigestible fiber from the fruits and vegetables, their nutrients are not only available faster, but they are assimilated more efficiently than if they were eaten whole. Now I am not saying that you should juice all your fruits and vegetables rather than eating them whole, but juicing is a great addition to your daily routine. Juicing can also be used as part of a Spring Detox.
Back to the topic at hand…what about the pulp? Have you ever wondered what to do with it? Please don’t throw it away! Here are five great uses for your juice pulp:
- Baked goods: Try using the pulp in things like muffins, breakfast cookies or quick breads.
- Vegetable stock: If you are just juicing vegetables, take the pulp and make a flavorful stock in less than an hour. Simply add your pulp to a pan and cover with roughly 2″ of water. Add a chopped onion, a bay leaf and some fresh or dried herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring periodically. Season with salt and strain. Use within 3 days or freeze up to 3 months. Tip: I like to save up about 3-4 cups of pulp before I make a stock. Simply put the pulp in a freezer bag and place in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
- Juice pulp crackers: This is one of the most popular uses for juice pulp. Do a Google search and you will come up with over 500,000 results! Here is a recipe that I found: http://www.choosingraw.com/choosing-raw-juice-pulp-crackers/. Don’t despair if you don’t have a dehydrator – there are instructions on how to bake them in a low oven.
- Salsa: This is a great way to jazz up a store bought salsa (simply add a few tablespoons to a traditional salsa) or you can make your own! This site has a bunch of wonderful recipes: http://www.all-about-juicing.com/salsa-pulp-recipes.html.
- Compost: Last but not least, if you choose not to cook with it, please consider composting! Compost improves the physical structure of the soil, may provide greater drought resistance, can help modify the soil’s pH and provides a variety of macro and micro nutrients.
Do you have other great uses for juice pulp? I’d love to hear them!