I have friends who go through two to four bottles a month, just using this to sweeten their coffee or tea.
The fabulous news is … you can make the same amount of Stevia liquid concentrate in under five minutes and for less than 50 cents a bottle!
Once you see how easy it is, you will never buy another over-priced bottle again.
Stevia Liquid Concentrate Recipe
2 teaspoons White Stevia Extract Powder
4 tablespoons distilled water
1 tablespoon Vodka (or Rye or Brandy)
Cobalt Blue or Brown Eye Dropper Bottles (2 – 3 bottles)
Using a very small pot, or even a metal measuring cup, bring the distilled water to a simmer. Add the white concentrate powder and stir until dissolved.
Let the liquid cool to room temperature and add the alcohol, if using.
Using a very tiny funnel, pour the liquid into clean cobalt or brown dropper bottles. You can either use your old Stevia bottles or get some cobalt eye dropper bottles from Amazon. Some local pharmacies will sell you dropper bottles, you just have to ask!
Not all white power concentrates are alike. The sweetness varies with different manufacturers.
Test the strength of your concentrate. Make your usual cup of tea or coffee and start with 1 drop. If there is a slight bitter taste, you have probably used TOO much white powder … add one tablespoon of distilled water to your batch and test again.
IF it is way too weak, put everything back on the stove and add more concentrate. Keep track of how much extra powder you are adding. If you used alcohol, you will need to add more once the new batch has cooled down.
Most of the commercial concentrates require 2–4 drops to sweeten a cup of coffee or tea.
Once you have a concentrate that meets YOUR needs, write down the quantities on a recipe card so that the next time you will be spot on with no testing or fiddling required.
I use this bulk concentrated powder and get consistent results: 3 – 5 drops to sweeten a regular sized cup of tea or coffee.
Important Notes — BEFORE You Start:
1. Be sure to buy the PURE white extract powder. This stuff is so concentrated that a little scoop on the narrow end of a toothpick will sweeten your tea or coffee. It is easier to make the liquid concentrate and measure it out in drops. You have more control over the amount of Stevia you use this way. Make sure the ONLY ingredient is Stevia … don’t use anything with “fillers.”
2. Distilled water. Not mineral water, not tap water, not specialty bottled water … you want the water to be as pure as you can get it and for that you need distilled water. You can buy distilled water at a pharmacy or some grocery stores.
Distilled water is usually sold in gallon containers. A jug of distilled water will last me over a year. I transfer it out of the plastic container into large glass jars so it doesn’t absorb anything from the plastic container.
3. Vodka, Rye or Brandy are OPTIONAL.
If I am going to store my bottles of Stevia in the refrigerator, I don’t add alcohol. My batches (without alcohol) have lasted over six months without any problems.
If I am making Stevia concentrate to carry in my purse or to give to friends, I add the alcohol. The alcohol kills any microbes or germs. My Stevia bottle resides in my purse for months without any problems.
Vodka is flavorless. Rye and Brandy have a bit of a taste so it is up to you what you use. The cheapest you can buy is just fine!
4. Cobalt Blue or Brown Eye Dropper Bottles. If you use plain clear bottles, sunlight can deteriorate the ingredients. The tinted bottles will prevent deterioration. You can use them over and over again until the little rubber pumper thing on top stops working.
Buying Stevia In Bulk:
Amazon has some of the best bargains for Stevia. Stevia lasts years in the powdered form, so buy in bulk and save on the shipping.