Sam’s been growing stevia in the garden. It’s supposed to be a really great sweetener that isn’t sugar and is completely natural. Read more about stevia here. I thought I’d give making stevia extract a go to use in cooking. Here’s what I did:
- Collect lots of stevia leaves. Wash and dry them.
- Chop the leaves up and place in a large glass jar.
- Cover with enough vodka to cover the leaves.
- Put the lid on and place somewhere you’ll see it.
- Leave the jar for 36 hours, shaking occasionally.
- After 36 hours (don’t leave it too long, or it will become bitter), strain the liquid into a small saucepan.
- Heat the liquid on low and bring to a simmer. Make sure you don’t boil it, or it will become bitter.
- Simmer for about half an hour, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and cool before pouring into small glass jars.
- Store in fridge for up to 3 months.
I got the recipe for this here. Use it instead of sugar in recipes like this chocolate avocado mousse, or this dairy-free ice cream, and this lemon tart (you will have to change the recipes a bit – I’ll post some new recipes sweetened with stevia soon).