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Post  msensi 5/26/2015, 11:36 am

On an earlier post, we talked about growing stevia and I remarked on the composition of the commercial product.

I was in Belleville last week and stopped to actually check out the information on the package of a commercial product.

They spoke of adding some chemical I have never heard of for the purpose of modifying the product for sweetness and to make it pour more easily.

Stevia is said to be some 300 times sweeter than sugar. I suggest that you use just a pinch for effect. If they dilute it enough to bring it down to the level of sugar, they will have one massive dose of chemicals. Anything resembling Stevia and the benefits to be obtained would most certainly be lost in the process. The profit margin, however, would be astounding.

You don't "pour" pure stevia, that's for sure. I still keep sugar around for baking. I have no idea how the product would react with the other elements, in bread baking, for example. Perhaps one day someone will convert some recipes for the purpose. 

I use a bread machine and it actually does all the work. Perhaps I will give it a try and see what the impact is on the other components of the recipe - like the yeast.
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Post  trolleydriver 5/26/2015, 12:04 pm

msensi ... Ritchie Feed and Seed in Ottawa has large vermiculite. I've bought it at their store in east Ottawa as well as their store in west Ottawa.

I don't see it listed on their web site but they have had it in stock when I visited the stores in person ...  http://www.ritchiefeed.com/ 

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I don't know if they will ship and I can't remember how far you are from Ottawa.
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Post  sanderson 5/26/2015, 3:38 pm

msensi wrote:Hi All:
For mixing my product -- I am going to hook my little trailer to my little tractor. fill the beggar to what looks reasonable while wearing my painting respirator, mix it to within an inch of it's life, back up to my box, lift the tailgate, tilt the bed and stand back an let the dust storm settle.
As you dump the ingredients into the trailer, spray it well.  Then mix.  As you dump in into the bed, do it a layer at a time and water well each layer.  Dry mix dumped into a box is a bear to hydrate!

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