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CD's post on raw food mentioned a juicer, and as luck would have it I just bought one earlier this year. When you juice you get lots of pulp, and if you don't like the thought of just throwing it out there are a couple options I know of. The first is composting, the second is using it in a recipe. If you go the recipe route there seem to be two main ones: chutney or muffins. I've gone the muffin route, and with jjmtacoma's encouragement here is what I've developed from a basic recipe I found online:

4 c. fruit pulp
3 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. canola oil
3 eggs
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix all together, put in buttered muffin pans, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cook longer if you'd like, but 30 seems to work well. Let them sit in the oven 5 minutes after you turn it off.

I originally just took them out after cooking, but they would deflate immediately. The baking powder and letting them sit seems to help them keep their shape a little. If aesthetics don't matter just take them out.

I don't actually use 4 cups of pulp. I just line the pulp output container on the juicer with a freezer bag, refrigerate it, and use it again for the next one. Whatever that amount is - 2 days worth of smoothies for two kids, not very exact - is what I use.

The muffins are great though. They stay moist for days and are delicious. If you use the extra large muffin molds it should just about fill up two of them. And does anything feel more decadent than an extra large muffin? Yes, lots of things, but a big muffin is still nice.

Juicers are good because you don't need a recipe. Just throw in what seems good, and maybe drop in some yogurt afterwards & whisk it up. Tomatoes are very strong, so if you don't like the taste use them sparingly. Spinach makes the smoothie look like dumpster juice, but the gross factor is a plus with the kids. Pineapple is great, very sweet, and I like kiwi because the seeds give the muffins a little crunch.

Juicers are a pain to clean though, so be prepared to disassemble it and wash 5 or 6 different pieces when you're done. But if you're willing to do that they are really nice.

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

i work in nursing and i prep my client's meal with a "slow" juicer and gawddamn, they are a pain in the ass. i really wish he'd buy another one; one for the greens and one for the 'soft' foods that juice easily. i've always used a 'fast' juicer but i'm willing to invest in the slow kind when i can afford it, for stuff like garlic and kale. but yeah, they are a total bitch to clean and here's what i say: if you're going on a green/juice diet, great! just make sure you have a very, very hot water/soap bath for it when you're done. cause otherwise, you'll have to do what i do at the client site, and take a toothbrush and scrub the hell out of the filter every goddamn time you use it. arg.

also: i compost both my juiced pulp, as well as my client's. he lets me take it home and it's ***FUCKING OUTSTANDING SUPER AWESOME*** compost. ohmygawd i love using his leftover spinach and kale 'meal' in my garden. it's only june and i've got it all over the place. the best part? the "raw food miracle" concept works with people, plants and animals. when you apply composted, juiced meal to your garden beds, it's the most powerful fertilizer you can use. it's a total win-win situation, if you have the time to apply it twice in this way.

Submitted by hipparchia on

yes, muffins excellent use for the leftover pulp! but i already have a gazillion muffin recipes and was hoping for a chutney recipe or two, since i don't have any of those.

some other uses:

i'm now cooking for my very old dog, since he doesn't tolerate commercial dog food well, and the specialty vet foods are $pricey$, so he gets meatloaf made of cheap hamburger and whatever veggie pulp i have handy [barring onions]. gobbles it right down. probably you could make people meatloaf this way too.

you can use the pulp in cakes and cookies and quick breads too. chocolate zucchini cake is a classic, and should give you some ideas for other cakes.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

I used to boil chicken thighs and then use the resulting broth to boil rice and tossed in a bag of frozen mixed veggies for my old dog. I'd clean the meat off the bones and put that in her soup too. She ate better than some people - sad.

The rice kept her tummy calm - if you get my drift. I added noodles sometimes too. I used to see chicken thighs with bones and skin for cheap, then I'd make the Molly soup and keep tubs in the fridge, feeding her for days.

The pulp would have made a good addition too, I'm sure!

Submitted by hipparchia on

i can sometimes get away with that in times of tummy trouble [though he prefers oatmeal made with the broth instead of rice], but generally he picks out - and leaves behind - any rice or pasta or non-pureed veggies. and as long as i'm running a bunch of veggies through the high-speed machinery for him [and doing the cleanup afterward] i figure i ought to get some use out of them too.

the meatloaf has turned out to be something he'll eat reliably, and it's relatively cheap and easy, so i do the stocks and broths and soups only for myself.

yes, he eats better than a lot of people do.

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Submitted by jjmtacoma on

I have to do all sorts of tricky things when she has tummy trouble. The dog that dug rice and chicken was a medium dog (springer spaniel)... but my tiny dog (yorkie) won't touch any of it.

Thanks for the note about the pulp because my little dog has terrible teeth and will likely require soft diet some day when she gets older. One more excuse for a juicer!