It’s simple and economical to make liquid stevia at home.
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I’ve been using liquid stevia for a number of years and have determined that there is great variability in the taste and preparation methods from different companies. From utterly unpalatable (who wants a bitter aftertaste?) to deliciously sweet, I’ve tested them all. If you’ve tried stevia in the past and didn’t care for it, I encourage you to try a different brand to find the formula that works for you.
Making Your Own Saves Money
If you’ve ever tried liquid stevia, you likely know that a small bottle is rather pricey (around $14.99 for a quality brand). After using liquid stevia for a number of years and deciding that I would have a long-term relationship with this natural sweetener, I resolved to save money by making my own because I was going through quite a number of bottles for recipe testing.
This was a challenge because I wanted to replicate my favorite brand’s formulation. After all, homemade liquid stevia would only be useful if was palatable! And I wanted it to work seamlessly with the recipes that I had already developed using liquid stevia. Therefore, I had my work cut out for me.
Make Liquid Stevia
After a number of iterations, I found the perfect combination of ingredients to match the pre-made version I was used to using. Since then, I have saved a bundle of money by making my own liquid stevia. My homemade liquid stevia has become such a staple . . . I don’t look back. And only recently, after someone asked me for the recipe, did I realize that I never actually shared the recipe.
My hope is that this recipe adds sweetness to your life in a healthy and money-saving way!
Remember, stevia is super sweet, so you will only need a few drops to sweeten your favorite beverages, puddings, sauces, jams, etc.
What You’ll Need to Make Liquid Stevia
- Pure stevia extract
- Food-grade vegetable glycerin
- Filtered water
- 2 oz amber or cobalt blue glass jars with dropper tops (the number of jars needed will depend on the amount of liquid stevia you make)
- Small saucepan
- Small funnel
These ingredients will last you a long time for making multiple batches of liquid stevia.
Some liquid stevia formulas use vodka as a preservative, but I prefer to use food-grade vegetable glycerin. Although you can eliminate the vegetable glycerin, I recommend it to minimize the potential for bacterial growth.
Also, refrigerate your liquid stevia for freshness. And adjust the recipe to make the right quantity, depending on how quickly you plan to use it. The sweetness will slightly decrease upon refrigeration. Therefore, you may notice that you need to add a few more drops to achieve the same level of sweetness as the same recipe that is left at room temperature.
I use this stevia conversion chart, but be aware that conversions will vary based on the brand of stevia you use.
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