Infusion is often the most difficult part of cooking with cannabis, which can cause some people to turn to their vaporizer in frustration. I am here to tell you that it’s worth it. Yes, international travel can be a difficult task but this doesn’t mean it is impossible.
If you haven’t yet discovered the fantastic world of cannabis-infused food, then take this as your invitation to discover what you’ve been missing. Compared to inhalation, the experience is different from start to finish. In general, the effects of this drug are longer-lasting and stronger than those experienced with other drugs.
For this reason, it is a good idea to start with a low dose of edible and see how you react. Cooking your concoctions can be difficult because the potency cannot be calculated accurately.
Cannabis-infused oil is one of the most versatile forms of cannabis and a great place to start since it can be used for various purposes. In contrast, as is the case with cooking anything at home, you have complete control over preparation. Cannabis-infused peanut oil is a great summertime appetizer.
Recipe for cannabis cooking oil
- 1 cup of ground cannabis flower (or less for milder potency)
- 1 cup of cooking oil of your choice
Note: Use 1 gram of cannabis for every 1 teaspoon of oil.
Choosing the right cooking oil base for your canna oil
When it comes to oil infusions, choosing the right kind for your tastes and cooking will depend on what you plan to use it in. Consider the characteristics of your pick when you buy it. For example, different oils have different consistencies at room temperature.
Many oils work well as part of baking dishes too. So you might want to choose an oil that will work in multiple recipes. For instance, if you are looking for an oil that can be used in a stir fry as well as a pie crust, coconut oil is an excellent option. It has a rich flavor that complements vegetables and is sturdy enough to hold up as crust for pies at room temperature.
If you’re looking for an oil with a mild flavor, vegetable and canola oil are both good options. Oil is also versatile and can be used in most recipes that call for oil. If you want something more robust in flavor, consider infusing your olive or avocado oil. Both these batters stand up to the cannabis flavor and can be stored in your pantry. One of the most surprisingly delicious foods I ever had was an olive oil ice cream. Feel free to get creative!
Strainer or cheesecloth for separating ricotta solids and whey
- A simple hand grinder works best for grinding marijuana; machines like blenders and coffee grinders pulverize the cannabis, resulting in edibles that contain bad-tasting plant material.
- Double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan, etc.
Grind the cannabis. You can include the entire plant, just the flower, or a mixture of both in your grinder. Again, ensure that you envision the end product and do not grind your cannabis into a fine powder.
Combine the oil and cannabis in a saucepan with a low or warm setting then heat for a few hours. This means that there is no chance of burning the cannabis and only a small risk of decarboxylation. In most cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to avoid burning and never exceed 245°F. There are many ways to cook food:
- Crockpot method: Heat cannabis in a crockpot on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
- Best Tip for Double-Boiler Method: In a double-boiler, heat oil and cannabis over low heat for at least 6 hours (or 8 is better). Stir occasionally.
- The saucepan method is best for those who want to do the least amount of work. After heating oil and cannabis in a saucepan on low heat, stir now and then until the time is up (try not to let it burn).
- Strain the oil and store it in a storage container. Do not squeeze cheesecloth as this will add chlorophyll to your oil. Remove any remaining plant material from the mix but feel free to use them in other dishes if desired. The shelf life for this product is at least two months; when refrigerated, it can be extended even further.
Note: Be cautious when cooking with oil. Do not microwave and choose low heat whenever possible.
Tips for reducing odor when making cannabis oil
The solution to a pungent odor is using the right tool for decarboxylation. The steam produced during cooking can lead to odors that are more noticeable later in the day. If the oil cooking for hours, the room will become saturated with a strong odor. If you stay in the same room throughout, it may take time to notice how suddenly humid it has become.
Rubber seals on kitchen device lids will prevent odors from escaping. Finding a slow cooker or pressure cooker with this feature is straightforward. Opening the lid while cooking is easy since the seal protrudes and makes it easy to use.
One of the most important aspects of discretion is that you don’t let the smell spread. But accidents happen! If you find yourself in a situation where your space is too strong, read our article on how to get rid of the cannabis odor.
How to cook with your weed oil
After you add your oil of choice, be sure to taste cooking the entire meal. You want to make sure the seasoning is right whether the meal is served with a meal or on its own.
You also want to make sure not to scorch the oil while cooking. It would be a shame for all that hard work to go to waste and not have the desired effect of THC.
So get cooking! See if your favorite recipes can be made with cannabis-infused oils. We’re going to offer a few of our favorite recipes for you to try:
- Martha Stewart’s “to-die-for” pot brownies: A classic done right!
- Cannabis-infused mayo: From ranch dressing to aioli, mayo is the base to some of your favorite condiments!
- Cannabis-infused coconut roasted citrus shrimp: Feeling fancy?
- Cannabis-infused chocolate hazelnut spread: Find a dessert or savory snack this doesn’t make taste better, I’ll wait.
- Canna-oil vinaigrette: Balsamic vinaigrettes are great too!