Keep carbs and calories low by using homemade stevia extract to sweeten any recipe. This is a quick and easy way to keep fresh or dried stevia leaf fresh, with no bitter aftertaste. It’s also simple to incorporate into recipes such as smoothies, coffee, pastries, and just about anything else. This DIY version (stevia liquid extract) is also cost-effective! Why wouldn’t you want to give it a shot?
We have also shared the DIY for stevia syrup (Yes! You can make stevia syrup at home). In this article we will discuss DIY of stevia liquid extract at home
How to Make Stevia Liquid Extract at Home?
Before you begin, double-check that all of your materials are clean.
It’s fine to use the fresh leaf, so if you have your own stevia plant, pinch off all of the best-looking leaves for this recipe. Brown or withered leaves should be avoided.
You can make stevia liquid extract at home with two methods as we have mentioned below.
Stevia Liquid Extract with Alcohol
Before placing the fresh leaves in a clean glass jar, coarsely slice stevia into smaller pieces.
A liquid extract can also be made from dry leaves. Rub the dry leaves between your fingertips and thumb to crumble them into a clean glass jar.
Fill the jar with vodka and cover the leaves fully.
Secure the lid and give it a thorough shake before setting it away.
Allow 36 hours for the leaves to steep in the vodka. Although this is a much shorter time frame than many other extracts, if you leave it for more than a day or two, the stevia extract produced is somewhat bitter.
Use fine mesh cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or a coffee filter, strain out the leaves. Remove all liquid by squeezing.
Pour the extract into a small saucepan and cook for 20 minutes on low heat. Allow it to warm up rather than boil to eliminate the alcohol and improve the sweetness. It will also thicken slightly and lose volume.
Fill a tiny bottle with your final extract and keep it in the fridge. It should last at least a few months.
Stevia Liquid Extract with RO Water
Remove any stems from the stevia leaves by rinsing them.
Dry the leaves and crush them in a food container or jar by hand. For 1 cup of simple syrup, use 1/4 cup crushed stevia leaves instead of powder.
Pour 1 cup of RO water over the stevia leaves. Steep the leaves for 48 hours at room temperature.
Strain the syrup through a cheesecloth-lined sieve. To taste, add the stevia syrup to drinks, sauces, glazes, or any other liquid that needs to be sweetened at the end. To make the syrup thicker, simmer it for 10 minutes. You’ll be left with a coffee-colored liquid that’s ready to use.
How to Use Homemade Stevia Liquid Extract
1-2 drops can be added to your favorite beverages. Start with little amounts because a little goes a long way. In comparison to store-bought stevia, you needed to use a little more of homemade stevia to achieve the right level of sweetness. However, the sweetness of the extract will be determined by how long it was boiled and how many leaves were utilized.