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Old 09-03-2017, 12:41 AM   #481
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[QUOTE I make my own baking sweetener, using mainly Just Like Sugar, erythritol and stevia. Generally, I use 5 parts erythritol, 1 part stevia, 2 parts JLS. I powder until very fine, usually about 2 minutes total.QUOTE]
Cat, another question.... when you have this mixed up, do you use as a 1 to 1 replacement for sugar?
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Old 09-05-2017, 08:11 AM   #482
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Yes, Judy, pretty much. I always taste to adjust. Sometimes it needs a little more, but I can't remember ever feeling it was too sweet with that ratio. When making something chocolate, I always have to add some to overcome the inherent bitterness chocolate imparts.

Let your palate be your guide, and don't be afraid to add to your product. Remember that you can also use drops to make up the difference, so that's another's option. The drops are less effective with chocolate, however, for most other baked goods, they work well.

It's hard with sugar substitutes to give a definitive amount in a recipe. Think of it as an "area," not a "point." There's just no substitute for tasting, and your palate never lies!
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Old 09-05-2017, 09:26 AM   #483
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Thanks for your help, Cat. I've been trying to get the sweetness right in chocolate for years but never completely succeed, especially since I can't stand too much erythritol or Swerve but do like to use a little of it. I've also been looking at a version of the THM sweetener (a combination of E, xylitol and Better Stevia) I'd like to try that because I like xylitol but we have a dog so I'm afraid to use it. That's why I was interested in your mix, using JLS as a replacement for xylitol. I haven't gotten the stevia yet - still trying to decide which to get. The Better Stevia is very concentrated so makes The THM sweetener is twice as sweet as sugar. That would make it more economical in the long run. Thanks again!
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:06 AM   #484
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Judy, sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your post. We had a long interruption, as we live in south FL, and ended up fleeing north to get out of Irma's path, along with tens of thousands of our closest friends...

I use SweetLeaf organic stevia. I've found it to be less prone to bitterness than every other brand I've tried, so to me it's superior. It only takes 1/8 tsp to equal 1 tsp sugar. Don't know how that compares to Better Stevia. I did use that once, but it was more than a year ago, and I just don't recall the equivalence.

Netrition carries the SweetLeaf stevia, which is where I get it. To my palate, there's just no comparison with other brands, so it's the only one I use. But here's the caveat: As with so many LC sweeteners, everyone's palate is different. YMMV.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:38 AM   #485
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Thanks for the info, Cat. I think I've decided to get the sweetleaf. I put it on my list at Netrition, but waiting to reach the amount where I can get free shipping. I will probably try some variation of your mixture, maybe reducing the amt of E and increasing the JLS. You're right about everyone's palate being different. I can't believe how many people use E based sweeteners like Swerve and Sukrin in large amts. I can't stand the burning sensation they cause, so just use small amts to increase sweetener strength until I've used them up. I just recently discovered and really like JLS and have both white, will have to get the brown to try. Hope everything was OK with your home in FL. Have some friends and relatives who had to evacuate. I'm originally from New Orleans, so know what y'all went through!
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Judy, I think you'll like the SweetLeaf, and I think you will find that it really helps tame the cooling thing you get from E. I really like the JLS brown. I have Sukrin brown, and I mix those two with great results.

Thanks for asking about how it went with Irma. Can't complain, especially after how our house got KO'ed big time with Wilma 12 years ago. Over $100K of damage when a neighbor's patio roof ripped off, became a guided missile, and slammed into our roof, creating a 20'x20' hole. All with the hurricane raining into the middle of our house.

This time, we were supposed to take a direct hit, and were told the storm surge would "extend for miles inland." Since we're only 2 miles from the ocean, we figured discretion is the better part of valor. It was weird, leaving the house and trying to figure out what few small things were important enough to take in our already stuffed compact car. We just resigned ourselves that our house would be gone when we came back. Thought we'd be one of many folks trying to forage through the wreckage for salvageable bits and pieces.

The power was out for 4 days. With Wilma, it was 10. More to celebrate!

I am incredibly grateful that we got spared a direct hit. Lots and lots of trees, bushes, hedges down here, and the huge debris piles are still around, and in some cases, still partially blocking streets. There is just so much that it's going to take awhile for them to cart it all away. Our massive pile is still in front of the house.

As of Monday, several traffic lights still had no power. That might seem like a small thing, but when you realize that each direction has 4 lanes, it's easy to understand that there are a gazillion traffic accidents. Curfews were in effect until this past Monday.

I didn't go anywhere most of the last week after we returned. Just enjoyed having a home and not having to sit in the car for hours on end. The one time I ventured out to the grocery store, a week ago, it looked like Russia! Many, many bare shelves still. No milk, no bread, few produce or staples. Fortunately, I didn't need anything all that badly. Went yesterday again, and although there were still some bare shelves, many things are getting replenished. Slowly, things are getting back to normal again. All traffic lights are back.

I'm just thrilled and feel so blessed that we dodged a bullet.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:10 AM   #487
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Judy, I think you'll like the SweetLeaf, and I think you will find that it really helps tame the cooling thing you get from E. I really like the JLS brown. I have Sukrin brown, and I mix those two with great results.

Thanks for asking about how it went with Irma. Can't complain, especially after how our house got KO'ed big time with Wilma 12 years ago. Over $100K of damage when a neighbor's patio roof ripped off, became a guided missile, and slammed into our roof, creating a 20'x20' hole. All with the hurricane raining into the middle of our house.

This time, we were supposed to take a direct hit, and were told the storm surge would "extend for miles inland." Since we're only 2 miles from the ocean, we figured discretion is the better part of valor. It was weird, leaving the house and trying to figure out what few small things were important enough to take in our already stuffed compact car. We just resigned ourselves that our house would be gone when we came back. Thought we'd be one of many folks trying to forage through the wreckage for salvageable bits and pieces.

The power was out for 4 days. With Wilma, it was 10. More to celebrate!

I am incredibly grateful that we got spared a direct hit. Lots and lots of trees, bushes, hedges down here, and the huge debris piles are still around, and in some cases, still partially blocking streets. There is just so much that it's going to take awhile for them to cart it all away. Our massive pile is still in front of the house.

As of Monday, several traffic lights still had no power. That might seem like a small thing, but when you realize that each direction has 4 lanes, it's easy to understand that there are a gazillion traffic accidents. Curfews were in effect until this past Monday.

I didn't go anywhere most of the last week after we returned. Just enjoyed having a home and not having to sit in the car for hours on end. The one time I ventured out to the grocery store, a week ago, it looked like Russia! Many, many bare shelves still. No milk, no bread, few produce or staples. Fortunately, I didn't need anything all that badly. Went yesterday again, and although there were still some bare shelves, many things are getting replenished. Slowly, things are getting back to normal again. All traffic lights are back.

I'm just thrilled and feel so blessed that we dodged a bullet.
Wow! So glad everything worked out for you. We evacuated to Ocala (my sisters house) from St Augustine Beach as we live a block from the beach. It was really hard to decide where to go. We came home to no power for the next 6 days. No real damage though. We were lucky to stay with my brother who had power. I feel blessed also.

I saw you weren't posting and was worried for you knowing you live in S Fla. Glad you are back and safe.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:34 AM   #488
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Barbara, I'm glad you made it through safe and sound, too! I was quiet for so long because we finally got our internet restored three days ago. We had burned through a lot of data using GPS while on the road, so I had to conserve. Surfing and email had to wait. But I definitely missed all of you, and when I was back online, it was like a mini-Christmas reading through what had transpired while I was gone!
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