Disaster in the Kitchen

People tell me what a great cook I am. This wasn’t always true. I cooked very little as a child and young adult. Once I had children, I cooked from a box or can. Hamburger Helper was one of my best friends. Of course it’s also why I struggled with my weight for so many years. But I regress.

Cooking! I never thought I would enjoy it but I do. Even so, I have mishaps that mostly surround taste. I have always been a very picky eater. Food smells and textures get to me. I’ve been told I make the best mashed potatoes on earth but I wouldn’t know because I’ve never tried them. It’s a texture issue and they make me gag.

As far as being a good cook, I consider myself an experimental cook. Like everything else, when you experiment, you have disasters. My latest failure has been making my own Stevia Extract. Twice now, I’ve lacked success but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up.

So, I extracted the stevia for thirty-six hours in vodka and then put the strained product on my stove top to remove some of the alcohol by heating it. While doing this I worried the alcohol would catch fire (we have a gas stove) and burn the house down. Have no fear, I survived. Unfortunately, my stevia tastes like the plant with an earthy aftertaste and it’s still green after filtering three times with coffee filters. I don’t mind the green but others might.

I want clear liquid organic stevia that taste like the stuff I order online. Me thinks there is more processing going on in those expensive little bottles than the manufacturers want us to know. I plan to investigate this thoroughly when time allows.

For now, my question to you is… What am I doing wrong? Have you ever made stevia extract that actually tastes good?

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One thought on “Disaster in the Kitchen

  1. Laura Randazzo

    Unfortunately, I can’t answer this question because I’ve never tried to make my own stevia extract, but I just had to say how awesome I think it is that you’re always experimenting and making new, healthy and great tasting food/recipes that you share with all of us. I’d also like to add that me too thinks that there is more processing going on than the manufacturers want us to know and if that’s the case, it’s scary to think of how many other foods/products they’re doing the same thing to.

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