Last week I wrote about the fun and games of cleaning up spilled Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, before it could poison neighborhood animals. In reader comments below that article, Stan_qaz said:
We switched to Monk Fruit, the real stuff not the 5% Monk Fruit 95% erythritol sold in most grocery stores. Not cheap but no after-taste. Only downside is needing a 1/64th teaspoon as that is the equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar.
Spouse gets ours here: one, three or six packs.
I was intrigued by his 1/64th teaspoon measurement. It seemed impossibly small, but I had no experience with monk fruit, so I decided to try it. I duly ordered a single jar of that stuff from the supplier he recommended. It arrived late last week.
I'm here to tell you, that stuff is incredibly sweet! A quarter-teaspoon measuring spoon, which was the smallest we had, made a cup of tea or coffee undrinkably sickly-sweet. I ordered some micro measuring spoons, which arrived yesterday, and proceeded to test smaller amounts. To my surprise, even 1/32nd of a teaspoon was slightly too sweet, whereas (for my palate) 1/64th teaspoon was slightly too little. I'll settle on the latter measuring spoon, filled very slightly rounded rather than flat, to hit the right note for my taste.
I'm not sure whether I'll switch to monk fruit sweetener entirely, but I'm glad I made the experiment. It's definitely a useful item to carry with you, because even a little jar such as illustrated at the link above will go a very, very long way when used in such small measurements. It'll certainly last almost as long as a ten-pound bag of Xylitol or sugar! That makes it invaluable in a bug-out kit or camping gear.
Thanks, Stan_qaz, for your recommendation. Those of you who also use artificial sweeteners, and are looking for healthier options, might want to give it a try.