Stevia is a natural sweetener from the sunflower family that is increasingly used because it can be consumed by diabetics because it has no impact on blood glucose. It is a popular alternative to sugar that is also much lighter and has less calories than regular refined sugar. This is why, in this article will teach you how to make liquid stevia from leaves, easily and quickly so you can take the most out of your stevia plant.
The first step to make stevia from leaves is to place the previously chopped leaves of stevia in a glass container and add 1 cup of water. Cover well and let stand for 24 hours. Taste the sweetness. If it is not sweet enough, leave it another 12 to 24 hours.
The next step is to strain into a saucepan (ceramic is best), add the other two cups of water and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for 20 minutes then leave to cool. One must be careful if you want to obtain a very sweet syrup. If you already know about stevia you will be aware that it has a somewhat bitter "underlying" taste that can be stronger if left for too long. Ideally do not let it stand for longer than 48 hours, and less is more.
This syrup should be refrigerated immediately after this process, and will last at least a couple of weeks in the refrigerator before going bad. The green color - classic, due to the leaves - gives a "special touch" to a cornstarch (cornflour) desert, some delicious porridge oats or apple pie ... enjoy it!
If you want to extract the sugar from stevia here you have an article that explains this process very well.
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- Stevia is a plant, but not without risks. There are studies that say that apart from the glycoside which brings the sweetness called rebaudioside A, it contains many other active compounds, including some alkaloid that can cause a decrease in blood pressure.
- . It is a syrup because we use water and the rest or infusion time is very small. As no alcohol is used and we do not leave it for several days we do not produce an extract. You have to keep the syrup cool and it also lasts less time.