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PREPPING: SUGAR and other sweetners

Last post Mon, Jul 9 2012 12:43 PM by spiderdust. 12 replies.
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  • Wed, Jul 4 2012 10:32 AM In reply to

    • Peanut
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    Re: PREPPING: SUGAR and other sweetners

     I hope your stevia does really well!!

    Is anyone here a stevia guru?  I have never used it, but would be interested in learning how to use it.  Do you dry the leaves, or boil out the extract to save?  I would be using it mostly for cooking/baking, so using a leaf wouldn't be the ideal form in many cases.  Does anyone have a good reference on growing/using plant sugars (web or print)?  I wonder if sugar cane would even grow up here...

    Oh!  Another question - does anyone have a "sweetener plant" that they're growing indoors?  (Can you tell, gardening is NOT a talent here?!)

    Thanks, everyone!!

    Babbling regularly at PeanutsAlmanac.Blogspot.com
  • Wed, Jul 4 2012 11:03 AM In reply to

    Re: PREPPING: SUGAR and other sweetners

    Hi, Peanut.

    I buy liquid Stevia Glycerite by NOW. Each stevia brand tastes a little different, so you may want to try it before stocking up. I get an 8 oz bottle from Amazon.com which costs about 50 percent less per oz than the 2 oz bottles in the health food store. I haven't used it in cooking, but I make iced tea with it all the time. I boil a half a gallon of water and soak four tea bags for 5 minutes. I then add 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp. of stevia. It reduces the calorie count per glass to almost nothing, if that's a concern for you.

    Stevia alone is too bitter for me. Many people can use the powered form, but I find that to be horrible. The 8 oz bottle of liquid stevia lasts me about 9 months. I live alone. Iced tea is my regular beverage along with hot tea and water.

    I haven't used stevia in cooking, but I know there are cookbooks that specifically use stevia as the sweetener.

    I'm sure others will give you more information. Good luck in your search. 

  • Mon, Jul 9 2012 12:43 PM In reply to

    Re: PREPPING: SUGAR and other sweetners

    I had some French Vanilla flavored liquid stevia once that I thought might be nice in my coffee, but it had a strange aftertaste. Considering that I can handle powdered stevia in coffee (but not in Koolaid -- much too bitter!) I figured the flavoring was to blame. I may try just plain liquid at some point.
    Mama to a teen and a preschooler KINDERGARTENER!! -- oh, the fun! Also co-parenting 3 other awesome kids. :)
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