Sunday, November 2, 2008

For the Juicers Among You

Recently, we have started juicing some carrots. To prepare the carrots I either wash them thoroughly or if they aren't in the best of shape I have peeled them completely. After juicing, I have found there is a lot of fiber that is left over. Being the frugal minded person that I am, I have sought a use for this fibrous material.

I have buried the material next to some of our plants to improve the tilth of the soil and act as a food for the earthworms too. In fact, I have a friend that does vermicomposting (worm composting) and he feeds the material to them and they seem to love it.

I wondered if eating it would be acceptable. Over hearing my thoughts, my wife reminded me that beet fiber is used in food products so carrot fiber should be usable too. I used it in my Vita-Mix to make a smoothie and found that it does work well and has virtually no taste. I have so much fiber that I have to split it up between several smoothies. However, that is no bother to me. I am just glad that I have found one more thing I can use instead of throwing it out.

From the Editor


Anonymous said...

In the past from time to time I have also juiced carrots and since I have a dehydrator with what is left I have put in the dehydrator and it's great for soups and other things that I cook and want to add the dehydrated carrots to. This works great! I also do this with other veggies to. This way it can be hydrated and use for any recipe you what to add extra's to.

Anonymous said...

Try saving your fiber to make veggie burgers too. They are pretty good. You can also sprinkle your fiber on top of salads, make slaw... I've found lots of uses.

Anonymous said...

hey that's fantastic!! especially the comment about vegie burgers - i have stopped trying to make them because they crumbled and there was no binder or 'thickener'... the carrot fibre is a wonderful idea. i think i will try again, after all i have a heap of carrots waiting to be juiced soon... mmm. thanks guys!

Dr. Grossman said...

You can also add water and boil it, then strain for good soup stock. I cook grains in it or make soups. The pulp then goes into the garden.

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