Reduce? Reuse? Recycle carrot pulp.

March 21st, 2009 · Lisa · gluten-free, nut-free, raw, Recipes, Snacks, sugar-free · Comments

I keep hearing “recession eating” on the news. Generally, the news anchors are discussing the rising prices of groceries. I eat fairly low on the food chain so I haven’t actually noticed a huge difference in grocery prices. But I do like to limit my food waste as much as possible-even though my worms enjoy the occassional treat.

I don’t have a juicer but I have a friend who does. He recently dropped off a couple of cups of carrot pulp-the result of many early morning juice delights. I know he is really enjoying starting his day with a delicious green juice. I was certain that I could put the pulp to great use and keep it from going directly into the compost pile.

Here are just two ways you can reduce your food waste by reusing/recyling that carrot pulp.

1. Carrot-cinnamon flax crackers
2 cups golden flax seeds
3 cups water
2 cups carrot pulp
2 TB agave nectar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 large dates
Put the flax seeds in a spice grinder (or high-powered blender) and grind well. Soak the ground flax in the 3 cups of water for at least 1 hour, or until all the water is absorbed. Put the soaked flax seeds, carrot pulp, agave, dates and cinnamon in a food processor and process, slowly adding extra water if needed: the drier your carrot pulp is, the more water you will need. The mixture should be moist, but not runny.
Spread the cracker mixture on Teflex-lined dehydrator trays as thinly as you can without leaving any holes. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hours, or until the tops are dry to the touch. Flip the giant crackers over onto the dehydrator screens and peel off the Teflex liners. Return the crackers to the dehydrator for approximately 3 hours, or until the tops are a bit drier. Remove and cut the sheets into small, cracker size squares. Place the crackers back in dehydrator until they are crispy and crunchy, approximately 6 to 10 more hours.

These are a fantastic snack. I love the cinnamon and carrot combination. Although, I’m sure a carrot ginger cracker would be just as amazing. Hmmm….I should ask for more carrot “waste”.

2. Juice pulp muffins
I used Jae Steele’s recipe from Get it Ripe . It is a simple recipe and produced a great, dense, wholesome muffin. The recipe calls for a tsp of ground ginger. That added spice is really what makes this muffin delightful.

I was very happy with the results of my recycling project. I will never look at juice pulp the same way again. I wonder if juice bars would let me take some pulp off of their hands.

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