SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

January 8, 2015

Stevia Extract – (Mt Rose Herbs)

 

This was an email from MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 1-7-15,  Simply gorgeous (as usual);  some go there and subscribe to their blog service just for the pictures, let alone these dynamite recipes.  This is one I’m gonna do.  To see this the way they sent it, just go to their site as I couldn’t get the pictures over here.

How to make Liquid Stevia Extract

Over the past few years, stevia leaf has become a favorite alternative to sugar and other highly caloric sweeteners. How cool is it that a tiny green leaf can offer such a powerful boost of sweetness and is also easy to use, versatile, and healthy for you? With so many expensive and highly processed stevia products on the market, making your own flavoring extract is the best way to go. Plus, you only need a few drops to sweeten up a recipe, so that means you’ll have a good supply around if you make even a half pint of extract.

Native to South America, stevia has been used for centuries to sweeten all sorts of food and beverages and is believed to be one of the sweetest substances found in nature – rating 30 to 300 times sweeter than sugar! With no calories and very little bitter aftertaste (some compare it to licorice root), stevia is an excellent alternative sweetener to sugar for teas and other recipes. Interesting to note, most commercial stevia, which is a white crystalline powder, is actually a refined dried powdered extract of stevia – not the whole leaf.

With a light hand, you can add a pinch of the dried leaf to tea blends for a little hint of sweetness. You can also add a drop or two of extract to a cup of hot tea or experiment with using some in a pitcher of iced tea or in herbal popsicles. This is a nice option for kiddos looking for a sweet treat without the sugar high before bed.

 

Basic Stevia Extract Recipe

organic dried stevia leaf – find here!

vodka

glass pantry jar

Fill a clean glass jar 1/4 to 1/3 full with stevia leaf. Cover the herb with vodka and pour to the very top. Allow to steep for 24-48 hours, taking care not to let it extract any longer than that to avoid bitterness. Strain and bottle in amber glass with a dropper.

Vanilla Stevia Extract Recipe

Chop 1 organic vanilla bean and add to strained stevia extract. Allow to infuse for 2 to 6 weeks. Strain and bottle in amber glass with a dropper.

Orange Stevia Extract Recipe

Fill your jar 1/3 full with organic dried orange peel. Cover completely with strained stevia extract. Allow to infuse for 1 to 4 weeks, tasting along the way. Strain and bottle in amber glass with a dropper.

More flavors to try:

Lavender Flowers

Lemon Peel

Grapefruit Peel

Cacao Nibs

Cinnamon Sticks

Rose Petals

Peppermint Leaf

 

Classic Chai

 

Ginger Root

 

 

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