The first time I made this potpourri and watched as it gently simmering on the stove, the fragrance waifed through the kitchen. Then I wondered if the scent was noticeable throughout the house. I got my answer from two unlikely sources. I stepped outside and back into the house a few times, sniffing the air. Just then, my grandson came traipsing down the steps exclaiming, as only a 20 year-old guy would, “I smell something that smells like something.” I asked him if he thought it pleasant or unpleasant. This scent-sensitive fellow gave it a thumbs up and did not think it overpowering.
That’s it! A lovely citrus scent filling your home.
- Choose a healthy, new shoot from the mother plant and cut a 3-inch stem
- strip of the lower leaves
- place cutting into a jar of water and set on a sunny window sill
- Roots should appear in 3-4 weeks. Pot up the stem cuttings once roots develop.
- Water when the soil feels dry
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Growing stevia is easy in well-drained beds or large containers, and the leaves can be dried for winter use like any other herb. Stevia grows best in warm conditions similar to those preferred by basil. Plants grown in warm climates will grow to 24 inches tall and wide. Where summers are cool, expect stevia plants to grow up to 16 inches. Grow three to five plants for a year’s supply of dried stevia leaves. source: Mother Earth News
I read powdered stevia works best when combined with other ingredients such as those used when baking.
The next experiment was to make a stevia liquid extract.
30 hours later
I poured off the liquid, draining through a strainer lined with a coffee filter.
and placed over very low heat
The bottle on the right was cooked for a shorter period of time and is lighter in color and less sweet.
I cooked the remaining liquid in the pot longer to produce a more concentrated and darker colored extract.
Homemade Liquid Stevia Extract
2 cups all Purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
optional: cinnamon sugar for sprinkling on top
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