Hey guys, hope everyone is staying warm! BRRR! We're staying warm, thanks...but I'm celebrating the cold, too! :)
I figured it's as good of a time as any to make my potassium broth and I just bought all my organic goodies. Potatoes, carrots, celery, beets w/greens, jalapenos, garlic, onions, and RO water. 'Looks like a winner to me - yum!
So I juiced beets and carrots for my jars last night and I thought I might be able to get some extra use out of the pulp and so decided to refrigerate it for the K broth.
Does this sound pointless? I know the veggies are to be composted afterwards :( and it breaks my heart so I thought reusing the pulp would somehow make me feel better.
Would the suggestion be to stick to the original recipe ratios and then add the pulp for extra benefits?
Here's what we know about this "juicing & leftover pulp thing" (for the most part): The highest quality juicers have the 'nutritionally emptiest' pulp. For example, the pulp after juicing with a Norwalk is dry (very much like sawdust). It's so nutritionally void that horses won't even eat the carrot pulp. But a cheap centrifugal juicer yields pulp so wet (hence, still containing vital nutrients) that you can make a moist carrot cake with it.
I have an Omega 8005, and I know there's still some level of nutrients left in the pulp for most things I juice, but I know it's not substantial. It'd probably take, say, idk for sure, like a quart or two of pulp (or more) to match the nutrient level of one cup of 'whole produce'. What that means to me is "bulk", and that I'd have to be doing an awful lot of straining-the-pulp-out of the broth for not much nutritional benefit. And since we have an organic garden, the majority of the time our leftover pulp from juicing goes into the 'mulch can' for the garden. Although I've gotta tell you, every time I throw that beautiful pulp into the 'mulch can', I always am thinking of things I could do with it!
And there are lots of good things to do with pulp (because we need fiber whether it's nutritionally void or not). However, when we're in juice-fasting/healing mode, we're doing our best to get our bodies the highest amount of nutrients in the way they're easiest/fastest assimilated...and that's with juice & broths. So (argh!) the time we have the most pulp (when juice-fasting), is the very time we're not likely to be making and eating the good things we can make from the pulp!
But, if one is not juice-fasting, then there's no LIMIT to what we can do with the pulp ~ Salads, dips, pates, dehydrator treats, smoothies...just remember that it's NOT nutritionally dense fiber (so I like to mix it with things that are).
While I'm at it...what is the consensus on matcha green tea powder? Is caffeine completely banned on this forum? ;) (I'm working on it...) Banned? lol, well not exactly "banned" ::;grin::: because there are times when stimulating the nervous system with herbs is beneficial therapeutically. But typically, the negative outweighs the positive. Green tea has another problem though, and that's fluoride :( In a perfect world, the vast amount of fluoride green tea plants uptake would be naturally-occurring (and not nearly as concentrated). But our planet is highly-fluoridated (and even too-much naturally-occurring fluoide is very harmful), so after reading this: Fluoride Green/Black Tea , black & green teas were put on the 'absolutely not' list for us :( And "extracts"? Those are likely to have very high/concentrated levels of the plant constituents...so I don't recommend green/black tea for anything.
Thanks bunches! You're welcome bunches! Stay warm and have a GREAT holiday season! :)