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 Is Your Stevia Real?

 

Today I want to expand a little on a post I did 6 months ago.  In this video, featured below, I show you how to make your own pure stevia and liquid stevia.  Making and growing your own stevia is very simple.  You can save a lot of money by making your own stevia and take comfort in knowing that this is the “real” thing and not the fake stevia that is all over our markets today!

Since stevia has taken off in the health food markets, a lot of fake and un pure stevia has shown up on the shelves.  A clear example would be Truvia made by the Coca Cola Company.  It is made to taste like sugar and look like sugar to sell like sugar.  

Stevia is not suppose to taste like sugar and a true stevia is actually green, not white.  Stevia has a very sweet taste yes, but if you use to much it can quickly become bitter.  

Does Your Stevia Have Added “Hidden” Sugar?

 

A lot of stevia for sale today has added ingredients and hidden sugars added.  Remember “ose” on the end of a word is usually another form of sugar.  One of these ingredients that you see often in this so called pure stevia is dextrose!  Stay away from this, it is sugar and there is nothing pure about it.  

When purchasing stevia, make sure the ingredients are OLNY pure stevia (no artificial colors, flavors or added preservatives) then you would probably be okay to consume this.

How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia & Liquid Stevia

 

If you are wanting to make sure your stevia is pure, then try making it yourself.  Growing stevia is super easy.  You can pick up a stevia plant at your local nursery and I have also seen them at home improvement stores in their garden centers.  Stevia plants have become very easy to find these days.  

Stevia can be grown in pots, in landscapes and in gardens.  You can even grow stevia indoors.  It requires very little maintenance.  It can be harvested all summer long but is sweetest in the fall when the temperatures become cooler.  

When your stevia is ready to harvest (you can view my stevia that is ready for harvest in the video below) then follow these simple steps to make your own pure stevia and liquid stevia.

  1. Harvest your stevia plant by cutting off the branches at the base of the plant.
  2. Wash the branches/leaves in clean filter water.
  3. Pick leaves off stevia plant, discard the stems, and dry the leaves for 12 hours in the sun.
  4. Once your leaves are dry, grind them in a food processor or coffee grinder to make pure stevia.  I find that a coffee grinder makes for the finest powder and works very nicely.
  5. Note ~ homegrown stevia powder is not as sweet as store bought stevia (300 times sweeter then sugar).  To cook with home grown stevia simply replace every 1 cup of sugar with 3-4 teaspoons of homegrown stevia.
  6. To make liquid stevia, dissolve 1/4 cup pure homegrown stevia powder with 1 cup hot filtered water.  Stir and leave out at room temperature for 24 hours.  After 24 hours strain the stevia out of the liquid and store the liquid stevia in the refrigerator.

That is it.  It taste amazing and you will never buy store bought stevia again.  One plant usually supplies enough stevia to last me a year.  Remember, a little goes a long way!! :)  So head on out and get yourself a stevia plant and try this for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed!

 

How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia & Liquid Stevia ~ Part 2

How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia & Liquid Stevia ~ Part 2

Ingredients

  • Leaves from a stevia plant
  • 1/4 cup pure homegrown stevia
  • 1 cup hot filtered water

Instructions

  1. Harvest your stevia plant by cutting off the branches at the base of the plant.
  2. Wash the branches/leaves in clean filter water.
  3. Pick leaves off stevia plant, discard the stems, and dry the leaves for 12 hours in the sun.
  4. Once your leaves are dry, grind them in a food processor or coffee grinder to make pure stevia. I find that a coffee grinder makes for the finest powder and works very nicely.
  5. Note ~ homegrown stevia powder is not as sweet as store bought stevia (300 times sweeter then sugar). To cook with home grown stevia simply replace every 1 cup of sugar with 3-4 teaspoons of homegrown stevia.
  6. To make liquid stevia, dissolve 1/4 cup pure homegrown stevia powder with 1 cup hot filtered water. Stir and leave out at room temperature for 24 hours. After 24 hours strain the stevia out of the liquid and store the liquid stevia in the refrigerator.
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82 thoughts on “How To Make Your Own Pure Stevia & Liquid Stevia ~ Part 2”

  1. Wendy Zeimantz says:

    Very cool, looks easy!

  2. Beverly Carragino Cornell says:

    Thanks, going to buy a plant today!!

  3. melissamaynard_826 says:

    I’ve never thought of making my own stevia…thanks for the info!

  4. Wonderwoman says:

    Fantastic! Thanks for the solid info. I remember the first time I noticed that they were using fillers that end in ‘ose’ to water the stevia down. I seemed to be the only one concerned, so I stopped buying it. I have three good seedlings that have come up and hope to have plants like yours this year.
     
    Have pinned this and am now a follower. Thanks for a great post!

    1. hallecottis says:

       @Wonderwoman Good for you for having 3 seedling sprouting, that is impressive.  Stevia is very hard to grow from seeds, it requires the perfect situations to germinate.  Last year a planted an entire packet of seeds ( I think there were 9 seeds) and only 1 plant sprouted.  That one plant is the one you see in this video :)

      1. Wonderwoman says:

         @hallecottis
         I know what you mean about hard to germinate…I planted two seed packets and only got the three plants! I do use a heat mat on all the seedlings until they break the soil surface. I’m hoping to take cuttings for future plants this fall.

  5. allisonsholden says:

    Where did you buy your Stevia plant? I would love to do this!

    1. hallecottis says:

       @allisonsholden The one in the video I actually grew from seed but home depot and lowes now carries them and most nursery’s do as well.  It should be in with the herbs.

  6. varunner7 says:

    Wow, I had NO idea you could make stevia!

    1. hallecottis says:

       @varunner7 and look how easy it is too! :)

  7. Oh wow, stevia has just been introduced in the markets over here, and I found this post so enlightening. To start with, I did not realise Truvia was a Coca Cola product! It’s lovely to know you can make your own Stevia – I will have to see if I can source the plants for my garden. Thank you so much for sharing this information with the Hearth and Soul hop. 

    1. hallecottis says:

       @The21stCenturyHousewife You could always order the seeds online…but note that only about 9 seeds come in a packet and they can be difficult to get them to germinate, but can be done.  The stevia in this video was done from seeds :)  Thanks for hosting The Hearth and Soul Hop…I always enjoy sharing on there :)

  8. lom8nance says:

    This is great — I know how expensive it is to buy — this would be a real money saver. :)

  9. Real_Food_Freak says:

    I was going to try to grow it this year.  I just need to find some good quality seeds.Thanks for the tip!

    1. hallecottis says:

       @Real_Food_Freak this is where I get my seeds  http://www.botanicalinterests.com/products/index/srch:stevia

      1. hallecottis says:

         @Real_Food_Freak not sure why the actual stevia didn’t show up in that website, but just type it in their search and it should pop up.  Also there are only about 9 seeds in 1 packet!

  10. Miz Helen says:

    Great information!  Hope you are having a great Spring week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. thetastyalternative says:

    Thank you for sharing this interesting post with us last week on AFW!  Be sure to check back this week for reader favorites and hostess picks.  
     
    Be Well,
    Amber & AFW Hostesses 

  12. naturalmothers says:

    Bit of a Stevia fan myself and a great video!  Thanks for sharing this at Natural Mother’s Seasonal Celebration Sunday! x

  13. Rebecca Stone says:

    Thanks. I have been looking for a healthy alternative to sugar. Here are some healthy recipes for dinner.
     
    http://shrinktheplanet-weightloss.com/weightloss-diets/?cat=49

  14. Cookies says:

    Have my first stevia plant growing. This was exactly the info I was looking for. Thanks so much.
    Michigan

  15. Lynn Shaffer says:

    Well – great minds thinking alike today!!

  16. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    you inspired me to repost this :)

  17. Lynn Shaffer says:

    It’s great I watched it several times last night

  18. Lynn Shaffer says:

    I hope you get this soon – one more question – it is 4:30 and it is not very sunny anymore :-(
    Don’t think we are going to dry out today – what do I do??

  19. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    let them dry overnight and you will be fine. If you bring them indoors they might take a few days to dry and that is fine too.

  20. Lynn Shaffer says:

    Ok – thanks

  21. Sweet Talk -N- Diabetes says:

    I grew my own last year, couldn’t this year, jdarn it!

  22. jaime says:

    Is there a possibility to distill stevia leaves with a still (cooper pot)?

  23. JaseBrooks says:

    Wonderful post! I’m shopping for a plant now. Thanks a million!

  24. ChrisMcleadBrown says:

    I have a question about cooking/baking with stevia. When you use stevia in place of sugar there is a difference in the bulk. Do you have to add something else to the recipe to make up the bulk difference or does it not matter?

    1. hallecottis says:

      ChrisMcleadBrown It really doesn’t matter for the most part.  If you find your batter is a bit thin then add a tad bit more flour to make up the difference.

  25. Susie Rodgers says:

    Mary you should try this.

  26. Kimberly Lovoy says:

    Thanks for the info I like this idea

  27. Mary Rodgers Lindberg says:

    Very interesting – our planting dates are probably much different in AZ

  28. Traci Fingarson says:

    Cool!

  29. dmp says:

    i saw a stevia plant at Lowes this weekend and could not believe you could buy the plant…duh! Well now that i have this knowledge i am defiantly going back to buy it. Thank you for the info and for saving me lots of money.

    1. hallecottis says:

      @dmp Your welcome.  Let me know if you should have any questions when you do plant your Stevia.

  30. Sidy says:

    Hi! 
    At the Farmer’s Market I tried (eat) a leave of Stevia. Is super sweet! Do you have any comments about eat the plant?  Or use the leaves to sweet drinks? Thanks!

    1. hallecottis says:

      @Sidy I use the leaves all the time to sweeten my tea.  No bitterness what so ever.  Just steep it with your tea and you will have sweet tea.  You can also add it to some sun tea for an all natural sweet tea!  ( I have a recipe coming out very soon for this.)

  31. Scarletmeshell says:

    Thank you for writting this. I saw some stevia plants last night at our grocery store. I am a bit concerned though if they use pestisides. I think I will just buy one and call the  nursery.

  32. JaniceJakaus says:

    Can I harvest it regularly or is it a one time shot? Thanks! I have 3 plants!!

    1. hallecottis says:

      JaniceJakaus It is pretty much a one time shot.  It is best to harvest in the fall when the temperatures are a bit cooler.  The plant will become sweeter producing a more pleasurable product.

      1. Walter rodway says:

        How long does it last in the refrigerator?

  33. Lorene says:

    How long does the liquid last in the frig? Thanks

  34. Linda says:

    Halle,
    Thanks for this info.  I did plant a Stevia this summer, just checked on it and it has started to bloom.  Do I dry the blooms too?
    Thank you!  Linda

  35. G says:

    Thank you Halle,
    I watched your video and it was very helpful. I grew my own stevia plant this year (purely experimental) that I bought from the farmers market. I have got 3 small harvests from it, resulting in about 1/2 cup green powder. If I make this into extract, how long will it last in the fridge? So excited about this, that next year its going be a 1/2 dozen plants so I can share with family and friends!
    G

  36. aturner652010 says:

    Hi Halle,
    I just ground up some stevia plant for the first time. I am used to opening a packet of stevia to add to my coffee, but you say the sweetness level is different from store bought, so could you please tell me how much green stevia would be the same sweetness as a packet of store stevia?

  37. Gurli says:

    Hi Halle,

    I was very happy to find this post.  I have dried homegrown stevia but didn’t know what amounts to use.  If you use the liquid, how much would you use? (compared to sugar)

    Gurli

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Did you see my video for this? I go over all of this in the video :) It is in the last minute of the video.

  38. Love stevia. Grow my own in zone 8/7. In a sheltered spot near the south side of the house, it overwinters, only dying back. Love that. It also has a chance to produce hundreds of seeds every year and I do spy a few volunteers each spring, usually inside the holes in regular bricks–easy to dig up if you don’t mind wrestling the spiders for them.
    I enjoy using a stevia leaf in the grounds basket of my coffee pot. With coffee, you barely taste the herby flavor of the stevia. It is a bit pungent, maybe like a marigold, at least to me. It takes getting used to, but hey, what a gift if you can grow your own sweetener!
    I see you do not mind discussing brands–is the KAL brand safe? It’s about $30 for 3.5 ounces (2380 servings), not a bad price.

  39. Moneira says:

    Where and for how long can you store your home-made powdered stevia? Also, for how long can you store liquid stevia in the refrigerator? How long have you been using home-made stevia, and have you or your family experienced any side affects?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Powdered stevia should be stored in an airtight container in your pantry. Mine last 1 year+. Liquid stevia needs to be stored in the refrigerator and I would consider straining the stevia leaves out so that it last longer. I would try to use it up in 2 weeks to a month but I think it could last longer. Not sure on the liquid. If there is mold of any kind, toss it. I have been using pure homegrown stevia for 3 years now and no side affects here…now store bought is another story.

  40. Joanie says:

    I am totally horrified of what I read on other websites about artificial sweeteners. I am so grateful I found your website. I will definitely bookmark this. Thank you so much!!

  41. Dr Sarah says:

    I made this earlier this week from bulk powdered stevia herb. Epic fail. The smell was horrendous and the taste not much better. It was also a very dark color. Suggestions?

  42. Mimi says:

    I tried to grow stevia here in Arizona and the plant died after a couple months. I tried to grow from seed, and that didn’t work either. Don’t know if it’s me, or what, but I have a hard time growing things. So, I think I’ll just buy my stevia and be done with it…thanks for the info tho…

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Stevia is really hard to start from seed. It is very hard to germinate. Have you tried looking at your a hardware stores garden center (like Lowe’s or Home Depot)? I always see stevia plants there.

  43. danar says:

    how long does the dried stevia extract will expired??
    A year? two years?

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I don’t think it really does expire. I have been using mine for 3 years now and it taste super fresh!

  44. Oscar Grajeda says:

    Hi, i really like your posts, and i just had a problem. See i made Fine powdered natural Stevia powder with a normal blender, and then wanted to try filtering it with a fine net used for precisely that, separating the smaller fine powder leaving all the bigger stuff behind, y tried testing this sweet powder in a hot cup of water to see how sweet it would get, i used a wealthy amount of the powder and got close to no sweet flavor, would you have an idea of why this is? and thanks for the post!

  45. danar says:

    Ok, ths for the info by the way..
    :)

  46. Ninalp says:

    I’ve been buying the stevia plant for about 7 years now, and I love it. The one thing I’ve never done was try either propagating a fee pieces or bring it indoors when it turns cold. It’s great using in fresh mint and cucumber water. Great info. Thanks.

  47. Mimi says:

    Hi,
    I came across your website while Googling for possible ways to make stevia extracts on my own. Thank you so much for all the info and the video. It just makes things so much easier to understand when watching the instructions with your own eyes. : )

    I just have two questions:
    1) I live in Malaysia which has tropical weather. (rain and sun) I was wondering if you could offer some tips on how to care for the stevia plant under such weather conditions.

    2) How long does the powdered stevia and the liquid stevia lasts, refrigerated or otherwise?

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Stevia is a very hardy plant, it should do fine in your area. You might need to water it a bit more, but most herbs like it in hotter weather.

      The powder stevia will last for a year if not longer. I have some that is from 2 years ago and it still taste amazing.

      As for the liquid stevia, I would say anywhere from 2-4 weeks in the refrigerator. I actually prefer the powdered form over the liquid!

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  50. Rachel says:

    I got my first Stevia plant from a CSA that I just joined this year. I am definitely going to try making powdered Stevia. Right now, I use agave nectar or honey as a sweetener. Thanks so much for the tips. Was also happy to see that you are a fellow Wisconsin resident. :)

  51. I just ground about a quarter cup and I will put it in hot water and wait for tomorrow and taste wish me luck my plant is two years old and very big and healthy

  52. I just ground up a quarter cup and I’m putting it in hot water can’t wait to try it tomorrow

  53. Oktavian says:

    I tried to make my own liquid stevia and it tasted is not as sweet as white stevia powder that I bought on a store. Can you explain to me why it could happen?

  54. Wendy says:

    I have been picking off the leaves as they get fairly large and not cutting the branches. Will l get more or less this way or will it end up being the same? I have been drying the leaves and grinding them in my coffee grinder and was thinking of making a liquid because my ground up leaves end up sinking to the bottom of my drink.

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      I usually just use the whole leaf and then brew it with my coffee or tea. If you make liquid, I would strain it.

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  56. Lisa says:

    I appreciate these recipes. I am new to growing stevia and have just cut down what I have grown. If I dry it in the house, how much longer does it take?

  57. Karen Womack says:

    Loved the video. Now I’m off to dry my stevia and make a batch. Thanks!

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