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How To Make Stevia Extract At Home

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Stevia is known for its super sweet leaves which can be used in place of sugar. Some people do not like the “plant” taste or seeing the leaf in their drinks, desserts, etc., so there is another option, liquid stevia.
As with all herbs, harvest the stevia leaves by cutting the stems back early in the morning so the sugar content is high. This is best done as soon as the dew begins to dry.
Try to grow your stevia plant so the soil does not splash up on the leaves. This can be done by using mulch on top of the soil. The reason for this is so the oils do not wash off the leaves during cleaning. If the plant material is clean there is no need to do anything except quickly rinse the leaves under cold running water to remove any dust.
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Once the leaves are picked and you make sure they are clean, shake them dry, fill a small container about half full with the leaves. A small canning jar with a plastic lid works great for this.
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Cover the leaves with Everclear or Vodka. Be sure to fill the container to the top with the alcohol. All of the plant material needs to be covered with the alcohol.
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Put the plastic lid on, shake it up and sit it in a cool, dark place. Shake the container once a day if possible. You can add more leaves as time goes on. Just make sure the first leaves you added are completely saturated with alcohol.
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Be sure to date your bottle so you know when a month has elapsed. At this time, strain the leaves from the liquid. You may want to dump the contents through cheesecloth. Squeeze all the liquid from the leaves, place the liquid back into a glass bottle with a plastic lid and use.

If the taste is not sweet enough for you, you can add more stevia leaves to the strained liquid. I have found that once you add fresh stevia leaves three or four times, the alcohol taste and smell disappear and the product is more pleasing to the taste buds straight out of the jar.
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There are many stevia conversion charts online that you can look at. Remember to start with a small amount and work up to taste. Here are some basic conversions.
2 teaspoons of sugar – use ¼ teaspoon stevia
¼ cup sugar – use ½ teaspoon stevia
1/3 cup sugar – use ¾ teaspoon stevia
½ cup sugar – use 1 ¼ teaspoons stevia
¾ cup sugar – use 1 ¾ teaspoons stevia
1 cup sugar – use 2 ½ teaspoons stevia

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December 10, 2009

Carol @ 11:37 pm #

Since I tried Stevia a while back, I’m intrigued by this homemade recipe for liquid Stevia. Tried Truvia last week and cannot believe how good it is and how close to sugar it tastes. I’ll definitely give this one a try.

Thanks!

December 11, 2009

Dani Greer @ 12:13 am #

Straight over from FB – great information here! My Dad is diabetic, so this is very helpful for him. Thanks.

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Thanks! I will try this. I hope my diabetic partner will like it. He is picky. However, he also likes to drink (alcohol), so the vodka thing may just work better for him, taste wise :)

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vikram @ 10:32 pm #

sounds like a great way to make liquid extract…. only two questions -

1. is there any replacement for alcohol? not use vodka?
2. stevia is 0 calories but if we can add alcohol then are we not adding calories from alcohol ( which is quiet high calories)…. beating the purpose of having stevia?

thanks a ton for sharing your knowledge.
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Sheri Ann Richerson @ 10:11 am #

Hello. You can use vegetable glycerin as an alcohol substitute – however the product will not have as long of a shelf life. Here is more information on that for you – http://www.morethanalive.com/Vegetable-Glycerin

Considering the small amount you actually use, you may get some calories but not the same amount as you would get from drinking a glass of vodka.

May 12, 2013

Lrichtn @ 12:05 pm #

Just a couple of quick questions –
1. If I strain it after a month and run new leaves through, do I leave them for another month? I want to make mine as sweet and non-alcoholic tasting as possible – my kids will be using it.
2. Once the final strain has been done – about how long will the extract stay good? (Do I need to include the month plus extra time with extra leaves in that time estimate of shelf life)?
3. Do I keep it in the refrigerator or is it safe at room temperature storage?
4. Is it best to make this with fresh leaves – I know to make stevia “water” or “tea” to mix with lemonaid etc you usually make it with dried leaves….
Thanks – my stevia plants are taking over their corner of the herb garden – just waiting for me to get after them with some scissors! I’m getting excited but want to make sure I know what I’m doing first!

May 13, 2013

Lynne Richards @ 11:01 am #

Thanks for answering my questions. I’m still not real clear on the length of time the final product is good for until expired – I get the watch for mold and quit then comment but years? Seems a bit long but maybe so….

I did some other post checking and some recommend only leaving in the alcohol up to 48 hours to avoid bitterness – and then they recommend simmering (NOT BOILING) for up to 1/2 hour to thicken and burn off the alcohol before storing – they recommend store in refrigerator (maybe because alcohol is burned off now?) for up to 3 months.

I’m going to try a batch done each way and I’ll let you know which I like better as an end product. I really appreciate the clear instructions and guidance in these things – I have spent the last two years building and planting a tremendous herb garden and it’s growing beautifully. Now I’m starting to experiement with how to use all these wonderful plants God gave us – too bad someone didn’t send them with instruction booklets attached! I feel like there is a cure out there for just about everything that ails us (except death of course – we can’t escape that – but I think we can live pretty well until our number is pulled from the bingo basket). My household is sure noticing a healthy improvement just from the slow switch away from so much processed food, fast food, and commerical cleaners, pesticides, etc that we have been able to accomplish using many things from our garden, and good old fashioned products like borax, vinegar, and washing soda……and saved plenty of cash too! Keep the great info coming!

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