I have been stashing (hoarding if you must know) stevia for months. I adore stevia.
My love affair began with this initial shipment two and a half years ago and since then, I haven’t looked back. I’m officially a stevia convert.
Some people complain that it has a bitter taste.
Some people say that it has a bit of a licorice taste.
I say both of these things may,, in fact be true but I don’t see either of them as bad. On the contrary, I think that puts stevia solidly on the Better Than Sugar side of the fence. Because I also love both bitter and licorice.
So you can imagine my horror when I opened my super secret stevia drawer in my pantry last week to discover that I had only a single bottle of vanilla drops left.
White girl problems, what?
I’m also really cheap. You know. So forking over $10 for a 2 ounce bottle (for the bajillionth time) didn’t sound like the best use of my hard earned money. That non-existant hard-earned money.
So what did I do? I googled.
Did you know you can make your own liquid stevia drops?!?! Google did. Google to the rescue.
I know, right? I’ll give you a few moments to let that sink in. I’ll even repeat it: You can make your own liquid stevia drops!!
All you need is powdered stevia extract, water, and some flavoring. Or you could even just make it unflavored. (If you want to be boring.)
I know that everyone who posts a DIY type of blog post always says how easy XYZ is. But I’m not lying when I say that this really couldn’t be any easier. I mean, I made four (yes FOUR) bottles of liquid stevia drops in less than 5 minutes yesterday.
At 6:30 am.
While waiting for my coffee to brew.
Which you can infer to mean that not only is this fast and easy but you can do it on little sleep and NO caffeine. That is what they call ease, kids.
Of course I didn’t make all the same flavors. I made orange last week, as a test-run, trial. Since it was a screaming success, I went whole hog and made four more – lime, lemon, cinnamon, and ginger.
You can use liquid extracts, flavored oils, or even ground spices. I’ve tried them all and they all worked equally well.
For 2 ounces (the standard dropper size): Boil 1/4 cup water. While that is boiling, add a couple drops of your favorite flavoring, extract, or spice to an empty eye dropper bottle. Add 1-1 1/2 tsp pure stevia extract (depending on your sweet tooth. I like sweet, and I only add 1 tsp). Add water, screw top on, shake.
No really. That’s it.
The only thing I ask is that you store the bottles right by your sweet new potholder.
Do you use liquid stevia drops? What’s your favorite flavor or a flavor you wish were sold?
I’ve been saving those dropper bottles for a while so I have a ton of them, but you can find them online for just a couple dollars. Google is your friend, people.