Liquid stevia extract is a relatively easy tincture to make at home, and it is a much cheaper alternative to the store bought versions. If you grow your own stevia, you can preserve the leaves while still fresh to make the most potent extract. This is my basic stevia recipe, and it is suitable for kids and pregnant women as the alcohol cooks out.
I get dried stevia leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs, or you can preserve your own.
- 1- Quart or pint glass jar with lid (both boiled to sterilize)
- fresh or dried stevia leaf
- enough vodka, rum or everclear to fill the jar (at least half of the total size of the jar)
- a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
- small sauce pan
- Put the fresh or dried stevia leaf in the jar, filling it ⅔ full.
- Pour vodka/rum/everclear over the leaves to fill the jar and put the lid on tightly.
- Put in a place where you will see it and leave for 36 hours, shaking occasionally. (I put on the counter and shake every time I’m cooking) Leaving it for longer than this seems to make it bitter.
- Strain the liquid into the small sauce pan (it will be greenish-brown)
- Turn heat on low and bring to a simmer. Important: do not boil! It will ruin the taste!!!
- Simmer for about ½ an hour, stirring constantly and making sure not to boil. It will thicken. When it gets to your desired thickness, remove from heat.
- Store in small jar in the fridge for up to 3 months.
This can be used in baking recipes like Crock Pot Cheesecake or Pumpkin Cheesecake. It is also great in coffee, tea, chai lattes or pumpkin lattes. It is pretty much the only sweetener we use in our house and by making it ourselves, we avoid the bitter aftertaste in the bleached store versions.
Do you use stevia? Ever made it?