Homemade Stevia Extract

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natural tincture remedy recipe

Liquid stevia extract is a relatively easy tincture to make at home, and it is a less expensive 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 here in bulk, or you can preserve your own.

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Homemade Stevia Extract
 
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Recipe type: Tincture
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Put the fresh or dried stevia leaf in the jar, filling it ⅔ full.
  2. Pour vodka/rum/everclear over the leaves to fill the jar and put the lid on tightly.
  3. 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.
  4. Strain the liquid into the small sauce pan (it will be greenish-brown)
  5. Turn heat on low and bring to a simmer. Important: do not boil! It will ruin the taste!!!
  6. 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.
  7. 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? Share below!

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  1. i love stevia! use it in my coffee every morning. i haven’t used it in baking just yet but i plan on it!

  2. is there a possibility that the tincture could ignite while being heated??

  3. is there anyway to make a tincture out of the powder sold in stores? and pure vanilla extract? yummm…

    •  Hi,

      Vanilla extract is done in the same way by putting whole vanilla beans in alcohol such as bourbon, vodka and letting it sit, adding new bean skins whenever you’ve scraped them for other recipes.

  4. Do you ever use agave?

    • I bought some organic agave but have never used it. I have been reading about the problems our livers have processing fructose and am trying to reduce it in my diet. Agave is almost all fructose. I don’t think I’ll be using it any time soon.

  5. I’m so excited to try this.  I found store-bought stevia to be horribly bitter.

    • Less is more with Stevia. Start small.

  6. How much does this recipe make and what is the best way to store it?

  7. Can you grow your own stevia in your home?  I so don’t have a green thumb but I love stevia and this could sure save us a lot of money!!!  thanks!

    • We do…. we grow a bunch outside in the garden and keep a small pot inside during the winter.

      • May I ask where you get your seeds?  Is it a tough thing to grow in the house?  I live in a condo so a garden unfortunately isn’t an option;(  thank you!

        • i grow stevia in the house i used miracle grow potting soil when i transplanted it in a bigger pot and it sits on my east window as it loves the sun so if u have a window or balcony that gets moderate to full sun u can grow it
          it is an easy plant to grow and u can find stevia seeds on ebay
          i hope this helped

        • Stevia plants are very difficult to start from seeds and to get the best stevia to grow in your home or garden it needs to be a cutting from an established plant

        • Burpee sells them, $5 for a pack of 15 seeds

    • We do…. we grow a bunch outside in the garden and keep a small pot inside during the winter.

      • The recipe says leaf. Does that mean you only use one single leaf or one bunch? I realize that leaf means singular, but it didn’t sound like enough. Thank you

        • The recipe says leaf, but it also calls for filling the jar 2/3 full, so that would be with leaves…..What they wanted you to realize in the recipe was NOT to use powder form, but to USE leaf form.

  8. How much stevia leaf should I order to be able to do this? 

    • Four ounces should be plenty, depending on how much you want to make. That should be enough to do about a quart in the original jar and 8-12 ounces once it cooks down.

    • How exactly can you make stevia extract? Can you dry the leaves and use it? Where do you get the stevia seeds? Stevia in the store is expensive and I want to be able to do this on my own. I live your site wellness mama! God bless.

  9. I have used Stevia for years, back when I first started using it about 10 years ago the only one I knew of was soo bitter it had chrysanthemum extract added. Now its everywhere and not as bitter however I was concerned if it was actually better. Thinking that perhaps it is more processed, so the thought of making my own really appeals to me, I will definitely be making this! I was wondering if u could use the dried stevia to make a powder, or do u use it straight?

    • I have dried and powdered actual stevia leaf before and it works well. It doesn’t mix well into liquid though, so this version is the one I use in tea, coffee, etc

      • I use dried stevia leaf when I make tea by placing some in a tea ball or bag and steep with the tea. It works well like this. So, Wellness Mama, you say you’ve cooked with dried stevia leaf but you also stated, on down in the comments, that you’ve not baked with it, does it not work well in baked goods? I’ve been wondering about how to use it for baked goods. What about the extract in recipes that call for artificial liquid sweetener? I am trying to get away from sugar and although I’ve baked with Splenda before, with good results, I’m also trying to stay away from that since some are now saying that it is not healthy for you. But the powder you buy from the store has fillers in it so I have been trying to avoid that also.

  10. Could this same method be applied to other extracts such as lavender or mint?

  11. hi im wondering if you have heard about stevia leaf being used as an anti fertility herb. ive used a powder form of stevia for at least 15 yrs and its one that its not completely white so its much better than most white powder forms. it can be so expensive so i was hping to use the leaf and try the tinture you have done but i read tghat using it in the green natural form causes infertility issues. not sure what stevia to use. we are hoping to get pregnant. any recommendations?

    • There is some evidence that it blocks fertility, though the white powdered forms would cause this as well. I’m yet to see anything definite on it, but it would probably be prudent to avoid it (and green peas) while trying to conceive. If you’ve been using it for that long, there are some supplements that can help get fertility back… http://wellnessmama.com/1326/get-pregnant-naturally/

  12. Why is this only good for 3 months and why refrigerate? I thought alcohol based extracts were basically good forever.  Are you cooking off the alcohol?

    • It does change it when you cook off the alcohol. If you skip that step, they do last forever. The cooked version may last longer than that too, but that was the longest any of mine lasted before we ran out, so I didn’t want to say they could last longer when I hadn’t tested it…

  13. I’ve seen lots of comments around the internet about homemade tasting grassy.  Do you find this to be the case, or not?  Or is it something that you’ve just grown accustomed to and are not bothered by?  I have a stevia plant growing and thought I’d give this a try but have other things I’d like to put in alcohol, too, for later use 🙂

    • I don’t really notice a grassy taste, but I would suggest using small, young leaves if you can…

      • I have small young leaves so I’ll give them a try before my plant gets too big.  Thanks for the suggestion 🙂

  14. Tried this and it cooked for hours but never thickened and I simmered it all the way down to practically nothing? What could I have down wrong?

    • Same thing happened to me. I won’t cook it so long next time.

  15. Hi, i don’t know whether i missed something, but how many leaves do you use, if using freshly plucked stevia leaves? thanks!

    • Hi, is the stevia in the box good to use??

  16. Any chance of being able to do this with just water? I am sure the shelf life would not be near as long. What about the taste? Just curious. I would like to try both ways. Thanks for any help.

  17. with regard to the above recipe, can you tell me what the sugar equivalent is for the stevia syrup?

    • You wouldn’t be able to use in in place of sugar in baking recipes because the consistency is different, but a couple of drops is usually equal to a teaspoon of sugar.

  18. Where do you get those little dropper bottles? So, it’s ok that my extract is brown? I just used distilled water and a coffee filter with my dried stevia leaves.

  19. I tested stevia and have to say I’m not a fan as the taste is too bitter
    but maybe it isn’t all bad? I think more research over a longer period
    of time is needed anyhow to really see the benefits and dangers. In Germany and the UK Stevia
    is very new to us, only was legally allowed in our countries dec 2011 so
    we’re being quite cautious about it. Plus there is only one powdered
    brand type at the moment and no liquid form unless we import it from
    America. getting hold of the leaves is impossible lol but interesting post!

  20. I made this with fresh stevia leaves with vodka, just like you said and it kind of taste like grassy. Is that normal. I didn’t boil it or burn it at all. I also strained it.

  21. Do you have any advice in flavoring? Looking to make this for gifts for coffee drinkers in my family who like flavored syrups. Could you add vanilla or mint extract or various spices and when in the process would you suggest doing that? Thanks so much, new to the DIY and loving everything I’m trying on your site!

  22. I simmered the stevia liquid for an hour and it did not thicken. I finally just put it in a tincture bottle and into the fridge. Will it do what it needs to to be good? I did everything else right, I believe, accept that a family member opened the bottle once (for a second) before the 36 hours were up, thinking it was a jar of pickles. Will that interrupt the process?

  23. This is a cool recipe… so, there are 16oz in a pint, 64kcal per oz of vodka (I think that is the least caloric). So per tablespoon its about 32kcal?

  24. I bought a green stevia powder (the leaves are pulverized, I’m assuming). How does that translate, measurement-wise with your recipe? Plus I won’t be able to strain it as it is already small particle. Should I even bother with trying to use it for the extract?

    • You know… I was just thinking the same thing. I would just weigh it. In some of the comments, WM says “4oz of stevia leaves”. So, just measure 4 oz of the dried pulverized stuff.

      I was also thinking about running the mixture thru a coffee filter to clear the powdery stuff out.

      just some thoughts.

    • I have a few pieces of tightly woven muslin (finer mesh than cheesecloth) that I use for filtering powders. Just line a funnel with it and pour slowly!

  25. Can you provide some more information on stevia itself? I saw on webmd that it can prevent pregnancy? It also suggested avoiding use altogether during pregnancy and breast feeding. What do you know about that?

    • Katie answers a similar question a few posts up. ^^ Might be helpful to you. 🙂

  26. Any idea approx. how many leaves equals 4 ounces????

  27. Any idea if this could be made with Apple Cider Vinegar or just water? I prefer non-alcohol based tinctures. Thanks!

  28. I made this using a pint jar. it evaporates a LOT so I only cooked it about 20 minutes. Any longer and there would be none left. is that OK? Also, is this for your coffee or for cooking?

      • Thank you very much. Tastes pretty god actually.

  29. Hi. I was wondering about the thickness? Like syrup or vanilla extract or somewhere in between? Thanks to anyone that answers. :-)?

    • Mine is like vanilla extract.

  30. Could this be made with vegetable glycerin?

  31. I’ve tried making this myself twice with fresh stevia leaves and both times couldn’t concentrate it to get it sweet enough. Tasted a lot like the alcohol and not very sweet. Any thoughts?

  32. This process works fine for normal stevia extract liquid. But is it possible to make it considerably more concentrated than this, like the commercial companies can do with powder?

  33. Has anybody tried this with good results? I followed the instructions but thought it tasted really “herby” or like a super sweet tea, not anything like what I normally buy 🙁

  34. I made some with vodka & some with rum. The one with vodka tastes a wee bit grassy–like others said. Wonder if it is too many leaves?? I bought the stevia from Mountain Rose, so it isn’t a different kind of leaves.

    • A second thought–the stevia leaves I bought from Mountain Rose tasted great, but I saw a number of stems in with the leaves. Wondering if I should have sifted more carefully? I’d really love to make this work. So, if anyone has any great ideas, I’ll try them. I have 1 lb of leaves to use; might as well try figuring it out.

    • Update: I tried again and it worked. Here’s what I did differently. First, I carefully sifted through my dried stevia leaves from Mountain Rose Herbs. I took out dirt, pebbles, sticks, twigs, and bark-looking stuff. Honestly, there was a lot of junk in that stevia leaf. Then I used a better vodka (which shouldn’t really make a difference), and I steeped it for a bit more than 18 hours–maybe closer to 22? It tasted much, much better. No more herby, grassy flavor–maybe because I wasn’t steeping grass this time. It even passed muster with a fast-food, junk-loving teenager.

  35. I have been eating a paleo diet for about 18 months and it has greatly helped my autpimmune disease (narcolepsy). I have been reading lately about ketogenic diets being very beneficial, especially for neurological conditions. Some sources say using a bit of natural sugars like honey and maple syrup or dried fruit is okay and others recommend no sugars at all and to use stevia to sweeten things. I’ve never used stevia but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

  36. Does the jar you initially put the Stevia Leaf and Alcohol in and leave for 36 hours need to be an Amber Glass Bottle? Or is that only needed for the final storage?

    Thank You!

  37. I have been using it for years in all of my tea, coffee and some cooking (not baking).
    Only use liquid extract, but have a huge Stevia plant in back yard and am thrilled to find this recipe! Thank you for sharing!
    The extract is expensive and have never seen how to make my own!

  38. I was excited to make this stevia and made it exactly the way your recipe states and it did not sweeten my tea what so ever i kept pouring more and more in till i realized it didnt work I was very disapointed i was really looking forward to making my own and egar to see if it tasted better than the store bought if its to good to be true I guess it really is then

  39. i’m a bit confuse on the last part of the instruction which is “to store it in small jar in the fridge for up to 3 months”
    Does it means i need to wait for 3 months before i can use it?

  40. Can you use this in your toothpaste recipe instead of the xylitol or stevia packets?

  41. How did it happen that I’ve never crossed this post before?
    Plus: I found it by chance when reading your post about chia seeds.
    Plus: Just today, at lunch break, went to a natural food store for some tea tree essential oil and while I was waiting, I saw a jar with stevia dried leaves, which I have never seen before. And I know it wasn’t there before, because last month I bought stevia powder at that store and asked for other sweeteners as well, but they didn’t tell me about stevia leaves.
    So think about good timing!

  42. Can you make this “flavored” like you find in the stores? Like Lemon, Orange, Lime, Vanilla, or coconut?

    What would you add for the citrus ones the peel?

    How would you make other creative flavors?

  43. I’m very excited to try this recipe. I wanted to know if anyone has tried to flavor the extract. I have a cookbook containing grain-free and sugar-free recipes. Most of the recipes use flavored stevia extract. Could someone help me figure out how to flavor stevia extract using this recipe? I would appreciate any tips. Thanks.

  44. According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture website, stevia harvesting should take place in mid-late September (at least up here in the southern part of the Great White North) when plants are 40-60 cm (16-24 inches) tall and just prior to flowering when stevioside quality and quantity are best. Now, all I have to do is find a plant and keep it alive long enough to harvest and try out this recipe!

  45. I’ve read recently that stevia has shown in some studies to be more affective in treating Lyme disease and other related bacterial infections such as Rickettsia, than antibiotics. What I’m not finding is details on how to use stevia for this?! Any thoughts?

  46. I am trying to grow my own plants but these are not a fast growing plant. I figure for the small amount I use in my coffee and tea, I’m not going to drop dead or get some funky ailment from using stevia. Large amounts of anything isn’t good for you.

  47. Hi ! thanks for the recipe ! Does this taste like alcohol in the end? Can I use it to sweeten my tea without getting an alcohol-bitter taste ?!

    thanks

  48. Does anybody know of a replacement for the alcohol? Can it be done using anything else?

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