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Old 07-25-2007, 09:58 AM   #1
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Stevia

Stevia is an herb I heard of recently that makes things sweet. I am wondering if stevia could be used in a tomato sauce to make it sweet and if anybody has tried this.

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Old 07-25-2007, 11:10 AM   #2
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Ive never heard of stevia. While Im no help on your quest, I do thank you for posting this since I learned something today!
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:26 AM   #3
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ground fennel seed and basil are common "sweeteners" for tomato sauce. Fennel is the herb in sweet Italian sausage. Have not heard of stevia being used.
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Old 07-25-2007, 11:45 AM   #4
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I brought some back from my last visit home, I've tried it in several things including a pizza crust! Give it a try and see what you think!
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:49 PM   #5
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I have a plant in the greenhouse and my daughter loves it. Warning: a little bit goes a long way! I find it too sweet but she puts it in her coffee and teas.
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Old 07-25-2007, 12:51 PM   #6
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I had never heard of it. Thanks for the link.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:35 PM   #7
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Very potent stuff. Some complain of a weird aftertaste.
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Old 07-25-2007, 08:45 PM   #8
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I have a plant in the greenhouse and my daughter loves it. Warning: a little bit goes a long way! I find it too sweet but she puts it in her coffee and teas.
Yup,its really sweet a hundred times sweeter than sugar its a plant grown in the tropics.So yes you can use it but if you really want to add sweetener to your tomato sauce try a couple of peeled whole carrots that usually adds all the sweetener you need.After you cook sauce just fish them out and eat them they are really good.
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personally i would not try to sweeten my tomato sauce i would just look for better tomatoes

in the restaurant i use only california pear tomatoes packed by stanislaus
they add not calicium chloride or citric acid

and unlike most chefs, i only bring my tomato sauce (marinara) to a boil rather than stew it for hours
and it only contains tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh basil, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a tiny bit of crushed red pepper flakes

i like the "fresh" taste

back to your question
if you must yes stevia would sweeten your tomato sauce
splenda would be cheaper and not leave the funny aftertaste

i only use stevia for one or two of my diabetic patrons
the rest of the diabetic or sugar sensitive are fine with splenda or my normal marinara sauce
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Old 07-26-2007, 03:54 AM   #10
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I won't use splenda ever again after it gave me stomach cramps. Obviously some people suffer from it's side effects and others don't.

I find stevia the best alternative to sugar, but yes you don't need much.
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