Yesterday I was busy gathering my summer herb harvest and making mint extract and stevia extract. I love how quick and easy making my own extracts is!
Just like the mint extract, stevia extract only needs two ingredients, stevia leaf and vodka…and the addition of vanilla if vanilla stevia is desired.
Stevia is an herb that is very sweet. It is used as a sugar substitute. Because of its intense sweetness, a little goes a long way. Just a pinch of the herb can sweeten a whole pot of tea and a few drops of the liquid a whole quart of herbal iced tea. It tends to be bitter so be careful with it!
I prefer the green herb over the processed white stevia powder found in stores and homemade extract over store-bought.
To make stevia extract you’ll need the following:
A pint jar (available here)
A handful of fresh stevia herb – enough to fill jar 1/3 to 1/2 full (can use the dried herb – available here)
Vodka (I use potato vodka)
1 vanilla bean – sliced lengthwise and caviar scraped (available here)
or vanilla extract – about 1/2-1tsp (available here)
Chop, crush, bruise the stevia leaves and add them to the jar.
Add vanilla or vanilla bean with caviar if desired.
Pour in vodka to just under the lip.
Tightly screw on lid and place in a cool, dark place (like a cabinet) for one month. Shake occasionally.
After a month, strain out the leaves and pour into a bottle. I like to use a 2oz dropper bottle (available here).
Store in a cabinet.
Use to sweeten tea, coffee or even baked goods.
I use it in my homemade clay toothpaste!
Have you used stevia? Do you like it?
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