Welcome to cooking with cannabis, a brand new section of The Modern Chronicle! Follow us on our journey to go beyond basic edibles with cool stuff like medicated meal prep as well as general how-to knowledge. Spice up your kitchen with a whole new herb.
Cannaoil and cannabutter will be the staple in your cannabis kitchen. Every recipe you make will include one or both of these, which makes it imperative that you are careful when making them. The basics will be what determines the potency (and tastiness) of your edibles, be sure to pay attention to measurements.
Cannaoil is exactly what it sounds like: cannabis mixed with oil. The most common combinations include vegetable, canola, olive, or avocado oil. The process can take some time, but will be rewarding. The most popular recommendation is 1:1 when making cannaoil (1 cup cannabis for every cup oil). You can certainly adjust this to your preferences!
The process takes a long time, so be patient! You have a few options: slow cooker, saucepan, or double boiler. The slow cooker will take 4-6 hours, the double boiler will take 6-8 hours, and the saucepan will take 3 hours. Whatever method you choose, make sure you are using low heat, you don’t want to burn your bud! The temperature of the oil should never go beyond 275 F. Once it’s done cooking, strain it through a cheesecloth (without squeezing) and store it. The oil does not require refrigeration, but it will extend the shelf life if you do.
Cannabutter is a little different than cannaoil. Instead of 1:1, we recommend starting with a fairly low dose (2:1) if you’re new to this and increasing as you become more comfortable with the process. You’ll also want to measure in grams instead of cups for precise dosing. You’ll also want to bake your marijuana prior to infusion for maximum potency. Set your oven to 275F and let the cannabis sit in there for 35 minutes. Once that’s done, you’ll want to melt the coconut oil or plant butter (for a vegan option) or butter in a saucepan, turn the heat down as low as possible, add the cannabis, and let it cook for 4-6 hours. Keeping the temperature between 180 and 200F is ideal. Once the infusion is done, strain it with a fine sieve and store.
If we’ve piqued your interest with the basics, make sure you watch out for all of our new content. Keep an eye out for any Libra notifications and pay attention to the Modern Chronicle for exciting new recipes! On the horizon we have festive recipes for the holiday season, perfect for all of our friends who get really stressed around the holidays. Also, we will have content geared toward medicated meal prep to take the stress out of cooking and the daily grind.
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