What to Do with All that Carrot Pulp

by Chet Day and friends

In an attempt to learn more about carrots, I visited encyclopedia.com and discovered that the word "carrot" is the "common name for some members of the Umbelliferae (also called parsley family), a family of mainly perennial or biennial herbs of north temperate areas. Most are typified by aromatic foliage, a dry fruit that splits when mature, and an umbellate inflorescence (in which the floret stems of the flattened flower cluster arise from the same point, like an umbrella). The common carrot (Daucus carota sativa) is a root crop, probably derived from the wild carrot (or QUEEN ANNE'S LACE)."

Whoa, I didn't know a carrot had umbellate inflorescence, did you?

At Health & Beyond, I recommend California carrots as being the best around because they're grown on such fertile soil.

I'm particularly fond of an organic brand called "Bunny Luv," which is sold by Grimmway Farms, the largest carrot producer on earth.

Since I like their products so much, I want to plug Grimmway Farms, which started back in 1968 in Kern Country, California, as a roadside produce stand operated by two brothers, Rod and Bob Grimm.

Thirty years later, still led by Rod and Bob, Grimmway Farms is now Kern County's largest private employer with 3,600 year-round employees

On an average day, the year-round operation processes 2-1/2 miles of trucks loaded with 10 million pounds of carrots

Grimmway processes 40,000 of California's 75,000 acres of carrots.

So if you can get your produce dealer or wholesaler to track down Bunny Luv organic carrots or any of the other Grimmway organic brands, I recommend you do so. And if you're an information hound the way I am and want to learn more about the Grimmway operation, visit their web site at www.grimmway.com

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Okay, let's move to the great tips from readers on what to do with carrot pulp....

In answer to my call for ideas on what to do with carrot pulp, about fifty of you wrote in and said you fed your carrot pulp to rabbits, dogs, cats, and horses, among other members of the animal kingdom. Here's my favorite carrot pulp testimony for animals, though:

My husband puts the carrot pulp on our little worm farm which is kept at the back door!


When I started a natural diet a couple of months ago, I gave what was left after juicing vegetables to the chickens, but I felt like it was wasting good quality fiber, which we need to "brush" our insides out. So I started separating the carrot and apple pulp from the rest and I use this pulp for making healthy muesli bars for our children. I was excited when my children loved them so much they asked to have them every day in they lunch boxes. Here is my recipe:

MUESLI BARS

Soak rolled oats in the water (do not make them soggy) and add to them carrot and apple pulp. Then add chopped almonds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, linen seeds, and sultanas . Add honey to taste. Mix thoroughly together and then put and flatten into a baking tray. Bake at 180-190 C until nice and dry. You can also add to the apple and carrot pulp some grated horseradish for a good winter salad. If you use celeriac bulb for juicing, then that pulp is excellent with crushed garlic and makes a healthy type of mayonnaise to spread on toast.

I hope my recipes could be of some help and I wish to all of you good health. God Bless

Eva


I sometimes use carrot pulp in soup, but usually I throw it all away. I wanted to share this recipe I recently found. I've only had time to try this once and it turned out great! I'm sure there can be lots of variations with this recipe so I hope everyone enjoys it. My husband does not like coconut at all, but he loved these!

GOLDEN MACAROONS

1 cup grated raw carrots, packed
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sweetener (I used honey)
1 1/2 cup coconut
1 cup oat flour (I substituted 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of oats)
1/2 tsp salt (optional) 1 tsp vanilla

Blend dry, quick or rolled oats to make a flour. Mix well all ingredients. Let sit 10 min. firmly pack dough into a tablespoon then drop on an oiled cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 30 min.

Nancy Coats


I mix my carrot pulp in with spaghetti sauce along with the fresh onions and garlic. Yummy.

If I get a particularly sweet batch of carrots, I save the pulp and make delicious muffins with whole wheat flour and honey. I also have two horses who love the pulp and if all else fails, there's always the compost pile. So I feel that the pulp is never really wasted.

Leisa Wisbey


Although we use carrot pulp mainly in our composting bin, we also use it occasionally in recipes like carrot cake and patties. The patties I made were half cooked brown rice, half carrot pulp, and chopped onions, garlic, and green peppers. I used an egg to bind it together, but I'm sure flour would work just as well.

Barbara Hoyt


We catch the pulp in the larger bowl that we got with the Champion juicer and empty that into a compost bin. It is so ready to start decomposing. It also adds moisture to the dry layer above and below it. We also put carrot tops, too mature beet tops, carrot trimmings etc, in with the pulp. The pulp being ground as fine as it is cuts the compost time considerably.

Jimmy Smith


At first I tried filling ice trays and thus having little blocks of it frozen. That became too labor intensive as the pulp began to accumulate. Now I freeze the pulp in freezer bags pressing them flat so they are easy to break off a piece. This is good to drop into soups, sauces, mixes of various sorts. I haven't found anything it did not work in.

Periodically I gather pulp in the refrigerator until I have enough. Then I spread it out in my dehydrator and dry it. I have dried carrot pulp flakes. This keeps indefinitely. Sprinkle it on or in just about anything including on top of salad as "sprinkles." It also works well in whole grain quick breads such as muffins, pancakes, etc.

Depending on what I plan to put it in, if I need moisture added, I use the moist pulp either fresh or frozen that I thawed. If I want it dry, as on my salad, I use the dehydrated.

Betty Culling

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