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Stevia?

After finding out about Stevia here (it's a potent naturally sweet plant), Joy and I have been pursuing further information. It's not all conclusive, though some of it does make you wonder if there's a conspiracy against a natural easy to cultivate, sweet plant, and a gross, tumor-inducing alternative.

Anyway, we picked up some of the powder and concentrated drops at a local speciality store, and have to say, it is sweet. So far, we've only made lemonade, but it did a fine job at that. I'm now looking for a place to find a plant, to perhaps add to another ongoing project I expect to post more about soon.

Anyone who reads this ever heard of Stevia/have any experiences?

Comments

I've been experimenting with Stevia for a month or so (in powdered form). The one drawback is you can't use it to replace all sugars in a recipe because it doesn't have the same properties as sugar (doesn't dissolve, melt, caramelise, or brown) and these properties are important for many recipes using sugar. For example I tried to make cookies using stevia as the only sweetener and instead of the dollops of mixture speading out, browning and becoming crunchy (essential cookie properties), mine simply got hot, dried out and cooled down again, the end result seeming like dried-out balls of (slightly odd tasting) cookie dough.

Also it does have quite a distinctive flavour and if you're using it as the sole sweetener you have to be careful not to use too much - adding little by little (unfortunately I find it's smell/flavour particularly loathsome!)

I've found it quite good in adding a little sweetness to porridge and also hot cocoa, but I don't think keen bakers will ever trade it in for sugar (refined or fruit based).

I have had success baking with stevia, the trick is adding a liquid as bulk. Since stevia doesn't activate yeast like sugar does you must add substance so the thickness and consistency is there. So when I make my famous banana bread I add one whole extra banana as bulk. You can add fruit puree, fruit juice, applesauce, apple butter, yogurt etc. anything that will work with your recipe. For every 1 cup of sugar that is substituted for stevia 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of liquid should be added. Of course stevia doesn't work with all recipes (meranges sorry for spelling, carmels etc. but it can make a nice batch of cookies and pies if used right. It takes a lot of trial and error, but you will get it right. If you want extra help check out www.sweetleaf.com for recipes and cooking tips. Good Luck. I also wanted to mention about growing a stevia plant. The whole leaves are what have all the healing properties, so if you enjoy gardening/growing I highly recommend. They need a humid climate to grow.

I've also been using stevia for awhile now and find that it's a great substitute for sugar. I especially like that it has no calories, no carbs and no glycemic index - ideal for pretty much anyone. I've tried quite a few brands now but the one I think tastes the best is the SweetLeaf brand of sweetener. They have a wide variety of sweeteners which makes cooking a baking with a sugar substitute a lot more convenient.

I've been able to use stevia as a natural sweetener in almost everything including hot and cold drinks, on my cereal, in recipes and in smoothies and blended drinks. (Like was mentioned above I also add a filler like mashed bananas or yogurt when I substitute stevia for sugar in my recipes to keep the amount of ingredients the same)

I'd definitely recommend giving it a try! Also, I found these videos while I was surfing YouTube if anyone wants more info:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6wwMAe_Hi0k

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s5ILDC5Cx_o

I've also been using stevia for awhile now and find that it's a great substitute for sugar. I especially like that it has no calories, no carbs and no glycemic index - ideal for pretty much anyone. I've tried quite a few brands now but the one I think tastes the best is the SweetLeaf brand of sweetener. They have a wide variety of sweeteners which makes cooking a baking with a sugar substitute a lot more convenient.

I've been able to use stevia as a natural sweetener in almost everything including hot and cold drinks, on my cereal, in recipes and in smoothies and blended drinks. (Like was mentioned above I also add a filler like mashed bananas or yogurt when I substitute stevia for sugar in my recipes to keep the amount of ingredients the same)

I'd definitely recommend giving it a try! Also, I found these videos while I was surfing YouTube if anyone wants more info:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6wwMAe_Hi0k

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s5ILDC5Cx_o

I've also been using stevia for awhile now and find that it's a great substitute for sugar. I especially like that it has no calories, no carbs and no glycemic index - ideal for pretty much anyone. I've tried quite a few brands now but the one I think tastes the best is the SweetLeaf brand of sweetener. They have a wide variety of sweeteners which makes cooking a baking with a sugar substitute a lot more convenient.

I've been able to use stevia as a natural sweetener in almost everything including hot and cold drinks, on my cereal, in recipes and in smoothies and blended drinks. (Like was mentioned above I also add a filler like mashed bananas or yogurt when I substitute stevia for sugar in my recipes to keep the amount of ingredients the same)

I'd definitely recommend giving it a try! Also, I found these videos while I was surfing YouTube if anyone wants more info:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6wwMAe_Hi0k

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s5ILDC5Cx_o

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