Choosing Stevia Products for Recipes
by Jeffrey Goettemoeller, author of
Stevia Sweet Recipes: Sugar-free–Naturally!
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There are hundreds of species of the genus Stevia native to North andSouth America. Only one species, rebaudiana, tastes sweet enough to be called “sweet leaf” in Brazil and Paraguay where it grows wild. Amazingly, Stevia sweetens with virtually zero calories, is non-glycemic, and inhibits bacteria that cause tooth decay. All this makes it a great natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar.
Recipes in Stevia Sweet Recipes and Growing and Using Stevia were carefully designed and tested to help your stevia dishes taste great the first time. One of the nice things about Stevia is that, unlike aspartame, it is heat-stable. This means it works in almost any type of dish when the recipe is properly designed. Additionally, dry stevia products have a long shelf life at room temperature.
Certain issues do present a challenge when cooking with stevia. First, very little is required due to its tremendous sweetness. Bulk that would normally be provided by sugar must instead be supplied by other dry ingredients. Also, some way must be found to distribute stevia evenly through the other ingredients. Another challenge is the slight taste of stevia itself. This is not a problem if the ingredients are adjusted and selected so they interact harmoniously with the stevia.Green Stevia Powder has a stronger taste than does Stevia Extract Powder.
Stevia Extract Powder
Conversion rate: Stevia extract Powder is 200 to 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. One teaspoon has roughly the same sweetening power as 1 cup granulated cane sugar, though the conversion rate varies depending on the ingredients it is combined with. This is one of the main variables we had to nail down when developing recipes.
Green Stevia Powder
Conversion rate: A good rule of thumb is to use 3-4 teaspoons of Green Stevia Powder in place of 1 cup cane sugar. Here again, the conversion rate varies according to the recipe.
Liquid Stevia Extract
While liquid extract is not used in Stevia Sweet Recipes, it is convenient for sweetening beverages. Most liquid extracts have an alcohol base to extend shelf life, though a water extract may be made by bring fresh or dried stevia leaves to a boil, simmering, and straining, or by stirring Stevia Extract Powder into water to taste. Water extracts have a limited shelf life and should be stored in the refrigerator.
Jeffrey Goettemoeller; Phone: (660) 528-0768
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