6 Ways to Use Leftover Pulp and Decrease Food Waste

6 Ways to Use Leftover Pulp and Decrease Food Waste

by Ashlee Layton from Delicious Living

Who doesn’t love to juice? Let’s be honest, it’s hard not to feel guilty when throwing away the leftover pulp. Luckily there are a plethora of ways to use what is left and decrease your food waste. Here are six creative ways to use the entire piece of fruit or vegetable.

1. Flavored Iced Teas

Summer has finally arrived and boy has it been hot! A favorite refreshing drink for many is the famous iced tea. A great way to stray from the usual path of black tea is to add a secret ingredient. Pulp is all you need to put a twist on this summer classic. Experimenting with fruit tea in incredibly easy, just add pulp to the boiling water your tea will steep in. A favorite definitely has to be orange-infused Earl Grey iced tea. Add the pulp from an orange to boiling water then  steep your favorite Earl Grey tea. To kick this up a notch try getting creative with your own combination of spices.

2. Two Times the Veggie Burger

Veggie burger anyone? Did you know that adding pulp to veggie burgers creates a juicy, soft texture? Recipes for these meat-free burgers can get generic when the basic ingredients consist mostly of beans and nuts. Using pulp from greens, carrots, and beets adds flavor along with various health benefits. If you are feeling adventurous, throw in some leftover apple pulp as an extra ingredient for one of our many DIY veggie burgers.

3. Well-Rounded Meals for Kids

This one is for the moms! We know how hard it is to get your kiddos to eat fruits and veggies. There’s a sneaky way to get that nutrition in their diet in ways they would never suspect. The traditional spaghetti and meatballs gets a thumbs up from many. Whether your kids have vegan or vegetarian based diets, try adding in kale, celery, and carrots to the meatballs  for a well-rounded meal.

4. Dessert Do’s

Everyone has a weakness when it comes to dessert. To cure that sweet tooth you don’t have to turn to treats with added sugars. Take the natural route and bake gluten-free carrot cake cookies with real carrots! Don’t stop there, with so many juicing possibilities you can use almost any leftover pulp in pancakes, muffins, and brownies. Not only will you hardly notice the taste difference, but the natural moisture helps replace oils that recipes often call for.  

5. Endless Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls continue to be a buzzword—they make for an incredibly satisfying breakfast. There are endless combinations, so it seems fitting to mix in pulp from spinach, berries, oranges, and beets. Look over our 6 condition-specific smoothie bowls to get started and most importantly, understand all the benefits besides the fact that they create social media worthy pictures.

6. Homemade Broths

Broth can be the finishing touch to a variety of meals. If you find yourself in need for a recipe, save some money by using vegetable pulp. Freezing what remains after juicing and using it for broth or stock is a smart way to reduce your household waste.