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Ruhu

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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 06:30
I tried to use stevia in a salad dressing recipe that called for sugar, but it didn't mix right & was so horrible that I had to throw it out. I used the granules, but saw at the store recently that it also comes in liquid. Can it be/has anyone used it in recipes?
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Mokakiss

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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 07:02
I have used liquid stevia a couple times. The one thing I found is that stevia enhances the flavor of whatever you're putting it in, so in my opinion, it may work for salad dressing but I've never tried it.
Mebird

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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 10:59
I tried it in coffee and tea, the granuels not the liquid. Never tired in recipes but I was not thrilled with the taste. I hear it is one of the best sweetners so maybe I just need to try it more so my taste buds can try to adjust.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 11:02
I never use sugar in salad dressing. Try simply eliminating it from the recipe.
jaime30024

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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 11:23
I think Christie (from the group) posted something on this and I think she mixes it with swerve....I could be wrong...but I think I saw where someone said it was kind of bitter to cook with unless you mix it with swerve or something else.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 12:15
I tried to like Stevia, but no matter how many times I tried it (liquid and granulated) I had to throw everything I made with it away. It just wasnt good.

I like to mix splenda and swerve together, the swerve and stevia tastes MUCH better than just stevia but it still doesnt have that sugar taste for me. I went back to Splenda, I figure that if I am eating healthy stuff most of the time, one questionable item wont kill me.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 12:51
This may be over-optimizing. The amount of sugar that you put into salad dressing is probably trivial. One teaspoon of sugar is 15 calories, and you're probably using that much divided by several servings of the dressing.

Trimming 3-5 calories from a recipe doesn't seem like it's worth the effort to me.
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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 14:51
I have actually stopped using salad dressing completely. I use a flavoured olive oil....my favorite being garlic flavoured!

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Posted: 14 Dec 2012, 16:19
I like the splenda too and now that they have it with fiber it is yet another way to get a little extra fiber in my diet.
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Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 05:37
try balsamic vinegar, it has a sweet-ish flavour, that way you don't have to use the stevia
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Posted: 20 Dec 2012, 07:06
I can´t even drink Stevia with coffee, my nutrionist recommended that Sweetener, because it doesn't have a lot of stuff like Aspartame, but damn, that tastes awful, using Linea Sucralose.
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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 14:40
I agree with Hoser. I tried Stevia & just found it terrible tasting. Something's I just refuse to give up, one being my morning coffee w/cream & sugar. Just cut back on calories somewhere else. It seems to be working cause I lost 16 lbs and now readjusting goals. Thank you Insanity (& the great nutrition guide included in it).
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Posted: 31 Dec 2012, 14:57

i would suggest trying to dissolve a packet in a tbsp of hot water before adding to the other ingredients and see if that works with your recipie... if you want to try with the granules again... i can't get the liquid where i am so i've never tried it...

i use stevia (sweet leaf brand) in all drinks that i would normally put sugar in as well as my oats... with the amount of tea and coffee i drink it adds up to over 50 calories saved per day by using stevia, so for me it is well worth it...every little helps...
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Posted: 04 Jan 2013, 06:40
I use Stevia powder in coffee and tea and love it! Make sure it does not contain any other sweeteners. Look for Stevia Extract LEAF. If it contains stems from the plant mixed in, it can be bitter.
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Posted: 05 Jan 2013, 16:37
Try Truvia. I switched from Splenda because I wanted a natural sweetener; I drink lots of tea and I also experiment with low carb baking. I've tried all the different brands of stevia and finally went with Truvia brand. It was the least bitter. Just remember that you should use less; 3/4 tsp Truvia to 1 tsp sugar. It desolves in my hot tea just fine so perhaps pre-disolving in a hot liquid for your dressing recipes would work?



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