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5 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Juicer Pulp

HOW TO USE JUICE PULP

If you’re an avid juicer, you’ve probably got quite a lot of juicer pulp to deal with. It’s quite a quandary: the more you juice, the more pulp you get – ridiculous amounts of it! And it just seems like such a waste of well, good stuff, to simply toss…

Don’t throw away your pulp just yet. Wait ’til you’ve tried a few of these creative ways to put your juice pulp to good use!

Why spend money on beauty products when you have fresh ingredients for luscious scrubs by the bucketfuls? Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidant content – why not get double the benefits by both drinking the nutrition AND putting it on your face?

We love doing this with leftover pulp from anything from cucumbers, carrots, lemons (especially lemons!),tomatoes, oranges, parsley, lettuce, radish…actually, pretty much anything!

juice pulp face mask

photo from ingekathleen.com

If the pulp is gentle – say, cucumbers or carrots – you can apply it directly to your face, or mix in a bit of honey for better staying power. If it’s a bit harsher – say, lemons – you can mix it with a little honey and oatmeal or even yogurt.

Make a Face or Body Scrub with Leftover Pulp

Many fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidant content, as well as act as excellent and gentle exfoliators.

juice pulp face mask

What should you use? Here’s a quick roundup of yummy juicer pulps to put on your face (or body):

Lemon exfoliates, lightens and brightens. It’ll also tighten your pores and zap excess oil. Don’t leave it on your skin too long, though – it can start to hurt.

Ginger is a renowned natural remedy for hypopigmentation.

Berries are super high in antioxidants and strawberry pulp is especially great ’cause the stuff is a natural source of salicylic acid – you know, the stuff that helps get rid of acne and encourages healthy skin turnover. You can also use strawberry pulp to give your teeth a gentle whitening. Yea, that sounds very strange but so does charcoal. They both work but strawberries taste better.

Cucumber (organic so you can leave the peel on) is chock full of skin-friendly minerals like silica, potassium, and magnesium. It’s also very, very soothing and incredibly hydrating – perfect for inflamed skin.

Potato pulp is awesome for getting rid of oily skin. It’s also a natural bleacher.

Pineapple pulp is full of alpha-hydroxy acids that clean away dead cells, revealing brighter, awesome-r skin underneath. It does sting, though, so you as a quick exfoliator (max 5 minutes) rather than a face mask.

Papaya pulp is one of the best whitening agents – juice papaya and use the pulp if you have dark spots.

Basil is known to be a great acne-banisher when used both internally and externally (mix the basil pulp with a little bit of no-sugar, plain yogurt for an amazing face pack, btw – will leave your face very matte and lovely).

Kale, the queen of greens, kale, shouldn’t be left out especially if you’re making a lot of green juice. Kale’s full of skin-health-boosting vitamins like A and K – A is great for fighting acne, reducing wrinkles and promoting skin turnover while Vitamin K helps fade spots. Kale’s also packing lutein, a carotenoid that boosts skin elasticity and helps hydrate the skin.

Sweet potatoes and orange squash are also packing serious carotenoids.

How to make it?

Simply mix together…

  • 1/4 cup juice pulp
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (olive oil and coconut oil work great)
  • 3 tbsp of honey for better consistency (manuka honey is great, especially if you’ve got acne)

Oh, you probably already know about the amazing benefits of wheatgrass juice, but did you know that the pulp is amazing for your skin as well?

Add Your Leftover Juicer Pulp to Your Blended Smoothies for an Extra Fiber Boost

The fiber found in fruits and vegetables is awesome and it’s all right there in your leftover pulp. Juicing extracts the juice from the fiber, allowing your body to take a break from digestion and directly absorb all the nutrients and living enzymes from the juice. This is one of the unique benefits of juicing over blending.

See our post on the difference between juicing and blending and why it matters here.

But dietary fiber is also an incredibly important part of your diet. Use your leftover fiber to give yourself an extra boost when you blend your next smoothie!

Sprinkle the Leftover Juice Pulp on a Salad

Salads are sort of like parties: the more, the merrier! If you’re into sprinkling lots of diversely yummy goodness on top of your salads, toss in some juice pulp as well. It’s great for texture, adds extra dietary fiber, and even a bit of flavor!

We especially love carrots and beet pulp for this.

Simply

  • Mix your juicer pulp with a light vinaigrette made with extra virgin olive oil and a vinegar of your choice
  • Add in a bit of goat cheese
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste

…for juice pulp that tastes good on its own or atop any salad.

Oh and you can and should definitely feel free to use leftover juice pulp when making cous cous salads, quinoa salads, etc. They blend beautifully.

Use the Leftover Juicer Pulp as a Natural Thickener

Leftover vegetable juice pulp is great as an alternative to store-bought thickeners such as flour and the like. We usually store the leftover pulp in the freezer and toss some in whenever we’re making soups and stews and even sauces. The pulp is an excellent thickener, nutritious, and just soo much better than using store-bought thickeners.

Want more juicer pulp recipes? Check out our ultimate guide to using juice pulp!

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Adam Thompson - May 2, 2014

I use all of my pulp as the “green” nitrogen rich part in my compost bin!

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