I recently learned how to make liquid stevia extract, and I thought I’d post some pictures because it was super easy, and it’s pretty great to have shelf-stable no-calorie sweetener that doesn’t taste like cancer (or cause it). I don’t have any stevia in the garden this year, but I had a ton of dried leaves from past years. I use the leaves to sweeten iced tea, but sometimes you really need a liquid form. Enter: vodka. Liquid stevia can be made in 4 easy steps:
Put leaves in a glass bowl.
Mix well, cover with tight lid and shake. Let sit on the counter covered for 24-36 hours (not longer or it will get bitter).
The stevia will keep on a cupboard shelf for 2-4 years. You only need a drop or two to sweeten a drink, so a little bottle will last quite a while. And yes, it’s “alcoholic”, but what a great excuse for a drop of vodka in your morning tea. 🙂
Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.