Get the Most Out of Your Juice

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If you have been juicing for a little while, you may be interested in ways to make the most of every dollar that you spend on produce. This is a great time of year for finding great produce at affordable prices, but it is still disheartening to find soaking wet pulp that could have made more juice, and it is even more disheartening to then throw that pulp away and watch your trash pile up day after day. There must be a better way!

Masticating or Slow Juicer Instead of Centrifugal

If you have a centrifugal juicer, you are not getting all of your money’s worth when you juice. Centrifugal juicers use high speeds and sharp blades to quickly break down the produce and extract the juice. If you can possibly upgrade to a masticating or slow juicer, you will find that you get more juice from each piece of produce. You will also be able to juice leafy greens and wheat grass, and come out with more than a drop of juice and a mountain of pulp. In addition, the slower speeds keep the nutrients intact within the juice, and do not damage the cell walls. This means a tastier, more nutritious juice.

What to Do with the Pulp

Regardless of what kind of juicer you have, there will be pulp. If you carefully remove the inedible parts of the fruit or vegetables, you may be able to use the pulp for soup stocks or in baking items such as in muffins or cakes. Another great use for pulp, especially now that it is growing season, is to use it for compost. Pulp is already broken down, so it doesn’t have the unsightly appearance of most vegetable matter. The nutrients left in the pulp will feed your plants, and the moisture will keep the roots wet. Placing the compost over the roots will also help to shield the roots from the hot sun, which may help plants to stay alive longer. So don’t throw away your pulp! Use every part of your produce to get the most bang for your buck!

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