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Stevia Powder and Syrup Recipes

Stevia leaves can be made into powder or syrup and used to sweeten tea, coffee, oatmeal, or other foods that need a touch of extra sweetness (without the calories or glucose of sugar!) Stevia powder can be used in baked goods, but it will not caramelize or crystalize like sugar. For substitutions, 1/8 tsp. of stevia leaf powder is equal to 1 tsp. of granulated sugar. Having grown a beautiful, lush stevia plant, or maybe many plants, you are now ready to preserve the harvest!

Stevia Powder

Stevia Powder

Directions:

  1. The best flavor (highest stevioside content) is right before the plant flowers. Harvest in the morning after dew has dried, when plants are refreshed and hydrated.
  2. Cut entire stems. Strip the leaves from the stems.
  3. If you don't have a food dehydrator, place the leaves in a single layer on a mesh surface or airy fabric like cheesecloth pulled tight. Place the drying leaves in a dark, dry place with good air circulation until leaves are crisp to the touch*.
  4. Using a food processor, grind leaves to a fine powder.
  5. Store the stevia powder in an airtight container out of direct sunlight.

*The greatest sweetness is retained when leaves are dried quickly--in less than a day. Thoroughly dried leaves will keep for a couple of years in an airtight jar. Leaves ground into powder will have a shorter shelf life.

Stevia Syrup

Directions:

  1. Put 1 cup of warm water and 1/4 cup of stevia powder in an airtight container and allow it to sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
  2. Strain through a very fine sieve or paper filter.
  3. If desired, you can cook the strained mixture on low heat until reduced to a concentrated syrup.

The syrup will store many months, if kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.



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