Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stevia!!


Stevia - Do you have a Stevia plant but just don't know what to do with it?  Yeah, that was me last year and I finally got up the courage to start playing with it!  So, so easy!!  There are a few ways you can use your stevia.  Fresh leaves, dried or make an extract.  Try to use the leaves before the plant flowers or it will go to seed and become bitter.

I haven't been adventurous enough yet to make the extract yet but have used fresh and dried.  You dry the leaves like any other herb.  Then pulverize them into a fine powder.  The rule of thumb is 1 tsp is equivalent to 1 cup of sugar!!  Stevia is 30 times sweeter than sugar!!

For fresh stevia you can actually chew on the leaves themselves, add them directly to beverages chopped up to add sweetness or use about 20 leaves to 2 cups of water and steep for about 30 minutes.  Let cool.  It is a very, very, very sweet liquid that you can add to drinks, and 4-6 drops would be about 1 tsp of sugar with 2 tbsp being about 1 cup of sugar.  I will be experimenting with the extract very soon and get back to this post when I do!!  Have fun!!

2 comments:

  1. I am very interested in Stevia! Thank you for posting this, and please let me know when you experiment with the oil!

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    1. Most definitely!! I should have more leaves ready this weekend to try it!! *fingers crossed!*

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