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How To Make Your Own Stevia Extract

stevia 300x305 How To Make Your Own Stevia ExtractMost of us can’t grow sugar in our back yard, but growing stevia is a completely different story. Even in areas where it’s too cold to grow it outside, you can grow it inside with a little bit of help.

Now using stevia leaves on their own is good (Try crushed leaves at the bottom of a glass of water or tea) in order to use it as a full on sweetener you need to make stevia extract. Which is rather tough to do.

Well, not really. It’s actually pretty darn easy.

You need three things. Dried stevia leaves, a glass canning jar, and some vodka.

Rudy’s Note: Yes, I said Vodka. While you can use water instead if you want, by using vodka you end up with a much sweeter result without the alcohol. Stay tuned for more…

So cut the leaves off your stevia plant and wash them thoroughly.

Remove all of the stems and then use a dehydrator to dry them until they’re crisp.

Rudy’s Note: You can use any dehydrator, or even the sun, but I like my Excalibur because of the air flow patterns. But that’s a different story on a different day.

Once the leaves are dry, use a sharp knife to chop them finely. DO NOT chop them to the point of powder. If you do, you’ll have a heck of a time getting the residue out of the extract.

Dump the chopped leaves into your jar and cover them with vodka. Put the lid on the jar and shake it well.

Now let it sit for 24 to 36 hours. No longer than 36 hours or it’ll turn bitter instead of sweet.

Set up a filter (a coffee filter works good) and filter the extract into the jar.

Now if you don’t mind the alcohol, use a funnel to transfer the filtered goodness into a dropper bottle (dark colored glass please!) and you’re set. In this case it’ll keep for four years if you keep it in a dark place.

If you don’t want the alcohol, heat the jar for 20-30 minutes on low heat. Don’t let it boil, or else your sweetness will be gone in a flash.

Then transfer to the bottle as above. If you heat off the alcohol you should keep it in the fridge and it’ll keep for three months.

With this extract you only need a drop or two of it for most things.

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5 Responses to How To Make Your Own Stevia Extract

  1. You can make it using water if you don’t have or don’t want to use alcohol. The recipe is just as easy to make but it doesn’t last as long and is supposed to be kept in the refrigerator (I haven’t tried to keep it on the kitchen counter but I’m not sure why it couldn’t be left out for a day or two).

    Line the bottom of a 1/2 pint canning jar with a coffee filter. Put a teaspoon of ground (not quite powdered) dried stevia leaves into the jar on top of the filter. Add two tablespoons of boiling water over the leaves. Let steep for five minutes. Pull out the filter with the leaves. Let drain back into the liquid but don’t squeeze the remaining liquid in the filter to get every last drop. This will make it bitter. Once the liquid cools place it in a bottle that has a dropper in the lid. Refrigerate and use within a week.

  2. Bernadette says:

    Stevia is the only sweetner we like. We have tried them all, and this one is the best. People complain because they think it is bitter, but we think it is fine.

  3. jollymoon says:

    where to get Stevia seeds??

  4. Mindy says:

    Great post – thank you.