Juicer: what to do with the pulp?

The juicer is not only able to produce fresh fruit and vegetable juices, no, it can also make sorbets (when it has the right accessory), vegetable milks, oilseed purees, and even herb juices. In fact, it is very versatile.

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How does it work? Well, this machine is equipped with what is called an “endless” pressing screw (automatic or manual) which is used to press the food (cut into small pieces), and the extraction is called cold, because it is done at a slow speed.

The extracted juice then passes through a chute before being collected in a tank.

The pulp, once dried, is evacuated elsewhere (we will come back to this a little later, as you can imagine).

It is not like a centrifuge, which uses centrifugal force (no way!?!) by means of the rotation system of a grater, which allows to “pulverize” the fruit or the vegetable to let the juice escape through a sieve.

Then, the pulp and the liquid are separated by a filtration system.

As the extraction of the juice by an extractor is done via a slow rotation, in principle the vitamins, minerals, etc., are better preserved with it than with a centrifuge, since the latter has a much higher rotation speed.

It is not the same as a juicer, which extracts mainly the juice from citrus fruits, CQFD (some juicers are equipped with it, as an accessory), or a blender, which blends the food but does not extract their juice.

In fact, it grinds them (perfect for making purees, for example).

Finally, it is also different from a dehydrator, which, and you won’t believe it… is used to dehydrate food (we warned you!).

What is it used for? To dry yourself the fruits, vegetables and others of your choice, in a healthier way than in the classic mass distribution.

To come back to the extractor, as we said above, no matter how much juice you produce, there is always some fruit and/or vegetable pulp left.

And if there is one question that we have the right to ask ourselves, it is: what to do with the pulp of the juicer (well, not the juicer itself, you’ll understand)?

First of all

From a practical point of view, we advise you to use a pusher to get all the pulp that could block the chute.

In any case, if you intend to use the pulp from the extraction of fruits and/or vegetables, remember to do so within two to three days after extraction, keeping it in a cool, airtight container, or, if this is not possible, freeze it, as it could otherwise spoil quickly.

Some ideas

Here are some ideas of what you could do with the pulp:

  • use it to garnish certain dishes such as pizzas, pasta, etc;
  • prepare savoury dishes with the vegetable pulp, such as quiches or omelettes, raw or cooked vegetable fritters, purees, spreads, crackers (with chia or flax seeds, for example), soups, or dumplings
  • do the same thing in a sweet version with fruit pulp, i.e. prepare compotes, infusions (yes!), cakes, cookies, and even ice cream.

You will find many recipes on the internet, so don’t hesitate to try, taste, re-taste, like, dislike, whatever, the idea is to get started.

And if you really don’t feel like it (we won’t hold it against you), or not every time you use your juicer, you can always put the pulp in your compost, so no mess!

Where to buy a juicer

If you want to buy a machine that can produce smooth fruit and/or vegetable juices (for breakfast, a snack, or in case of unexpected hunger, what could be better than a fresh juice? ), we advise you to take a look at this guide, where you will find models of very good quality juicers (most of the time in stainless steel, and therefore dishwasher safe – good to know anyway, isn’t it?), where you will find all the links that will allow you to make your purchases without having to spend hours online or in stores.

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