Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Stevia


Conny asked if I could share some of my uses for stevia. I admit this is my first year to grow it so I am still learning myself to use the fresh leaves...but here is some information I have on how to use it.

Stevia is NOT to be considered a straight substitute for sugar, however. It doesn't dissolve in water like sugar so no good for meringues etc, and in things like jams it doesn't 'jell' or turn into toffee. It's more of a 'flavour additive' that gives sweetness.

It can be added to baked goods (cakes etc) for sweetness, but your standard recipes won't taste quite the same.

Here's how to use it. Remember that the sweetness level is different, depending on variables such as when it's harvested, where it's grown, climate and soil conditions etc.

Using dried, powdered leaves as a substitute for sugar: One tablespoon of stevia or less is equivalent to about 1 cup sugar. A liquid sweetener is made by pouring 1 liter boiling water over 1 Tblsp. dried leaves & allowing it to steep. Refrigerate and use within a few days, or freeze for later use.

To make a syrup: Place 4 tsp. dried powdered leaves in a saucepan with 2 cups water, simmer slowly for 10-15 minutes. Cool and refrigerate.

An infusion of fresh or dried leaves can be drunk as a beverage, hot or cold, or added to other herbs as a sweetener. If using fresh leaves to replace dried quantities listed above, multiply the amount 5 times.

Approximately 6 large leaves chopped finely is a substitute for 1/2 cup of sugar for baking or in cooked recipes. 1 teaspoon of ground stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar. 2 drops of liquid essence is equal to 1 teaspoon sugar. (These measurements are from the stevia.net website. I would test them for your own desired sweetness in the drink or food you are using it in.)

Here is how I made mine yesterday afternoon that I will use in my tea.

Roughly chop your stevia leaves as to release oils. Place leaves into a medium saucepan of water.


Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Cover and allow to steep until cooled.


O
nce cooled, pour stevia water into a container and place in the icebox to continue steeping. Allow to steep for at least 12 hours or overnight.


When ready to use, strain leaves from sweet water and use in place of regular sugar to sweeten your tea.

Click HERE for printable recipe

4 comments:

Anne Marie said...

thank you so much for your wonderful comment~
while sipping my morning Kave- I got some great kitchen tips from you - and I absolutely love your apron on the sidebar with comment: Proud to be keeper of our home - great!!

Talk later!!

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Anne Marie ~

Thank you so much for including my blog as part of your morning. That is so sweet.

~Blessings

Conny said...

THANK YOU - THANK YOU for doing this for me (and everyone else who benefitted from the information). I am a recovering Diet-Coke drinker - and a doctor in our church recommended STEVIA for me (in iced tea, which I also like) instead. I know you can buy it at health food stores & else where - but I think it would be AWESOME to just grow it! THANK YOU for the thorough sharing of this information. It was awesome!!! GOD BLESS!! C.

Evening Shade Morning Latte said...

Conny ~

You are most welcome. I am happy to oblige.