Cannabis edibles like brownies and cookies are just scratching the surface when using marijuana for cooking.
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Why not be creative and wear that apron, infuse cannabis into your dishes and understand the joy and satisfaction of creating delectable cannabis edibles. Marijuana can be combined into a broad spectrum of culinary dishes from ice cream to pasta.
How to make food with cannabis
Cooking with cannabis is no different from preparing your everyday dishes. It’s as simple as adding an ingredient, but it is more than just flavour, unlike condiments.
Things may not come out as expected; you can always try again. Consider these tips to at least minimise mistakes when you make food with cannabis.
Whether you’re a new cannabidiol (CBD) user or an experienced CBD user who’s new to using CBD in cooking, remember to always start low and go slow in your dosing. Small doses will help you feel your way into a new CBD routine until you come up with the right amount that will give you relief.
Start your culinary journey with simple recipes using small amounts of CBD. Aspiring cooks often wind up wasting their cooking ingredients because they fail to reproduce the recipe.
Stir, stir, stir
Stirring is essential when cooking with CBD. After adding the CBD oil, stir twice as hard as the recipe suggests to spread the CBD uniformly to the entire dish.
Do not choose a recipe that warns against overworking the dough and batter; it will not work when CBD is mixed.
Choose flavours wisely
The taste of cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, is awful; they are bitter and earthy. You have to be picky with your recipes to complement the flavour of your chosen strains. Find a CBD strain that’s intended for cooking to reduce the guesswork.
Extra refined CBD oil has less flavour and is basically tasteless. This will blend with recipes that have sweet, savoury or delectable flavours.
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Less refined CBD oil has a natural flavour that is a good match for dishes with decadent flavours, like strong spices and herbs. Also, this will complement the bitter and less sweet taste of dark chocolate.
CBD doesn’t work at high temperatures
CBD’s boiling point is 356°F or 180°C beyond this, CBD will lose terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids that are mixed with it. It will be less potent; the benefits will dwindle as the temperature rises.
To avoid missing the effects of CBD, consider cold dishes. Sprinkle it on guacamole or veggie salads or add it to dishes when the cooking is done.
A thermometer will come in handy during the cooking process. Keep an eye on it to maintain the integrity of the CBD oil.
Stock your CBD oil products in an airtight container far from direct sunlight. Cannabinoids will lose their potency when exposed to heat, light and certain elements.
Follow the instructions on the label for proper storage to keep your cannabis edibles fresh.
Benefits of cooking with cannabis
With the stigma being erased more and more, cannabis fans have discovered many ways of including cannabis in their way of life. A popular way to reap the benefits of cannabis is using it to cook. Satisfy your palate and feed your hungry tummy with delectable dishes infused with cannabis.
Other benefits you gain by cooking with cannabis:
- You have complete control over the effect you want. Patients can consume the exact dose without going overboard.
- The bitter, earthy taste of CBD is disguised with the flavour of the dish.
- Save money by buying cooking oil soaked with CBD rather than prepared cannabis edibles.
- Create excitement by concocting new dishes and switching things up in your typical CBD routine so it’s never dull.
- Recycle past cannabis edibles like gummies and candies and turn these into snacks or desserts, like granola bars, cakes or smoothies.
- There will be more CBD edibles when prepared, portions can be shared with relatives and friends.
Must-try cannabis-infused recipes
Nutritious food is good for the body, add a bit of CBD and you boost your mind and wellbeing too. Prepare to feast with these cannabis-infused recipes we prepared.
Cannabis-infused coconut caramels
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon cannabis coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/8 cup filtered water
- 1/8 tsp real salt
- 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper.
- In a small pot over medium heat, combine filtered water, real salt, cannabis coconut oil, coconut sugar, and extra virgin coconut oil.
- Once combined, increase heat to medium-high, and watch the thermometer until it reads 240°F or 115°C.
- Remove the pot from heat, and stir in organic vanilla extract.
- Quickly pour into the lined bread loaf pan, and allow to cool in the fridge for at least one hour.
- The caramel should be sticky but hold together when rolled and moulded.
- Cut the caramel into 12 pieces and roll into parchment paper.
Marijuana Pumpkin Spice Latte
- 1 cup strongly brewed coffee
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon CBD oil, cannabutter or cannabis coconut oil
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, coffee, pumpkin, and vanilla extract. Heat for three to five minutes or until hot but not boiling.
- Add the milk to the frothing pitcher while the coffee is cooking, and place it over medium heat.
- When the temperature reaches between 120 and 150°F or 49 and 65°C, you can begin using the frother. When the temperature reaches 160°F or 71°C, remove the pitcher from heat and continue to froth.
- Move the frother in a circular up and down motion until one to two inches of foam is formed.
- Put the mixture in two mugs, and add the desired amount of cannabis oil.
- Use a spoon to hold back the foam, and add the hot milk to each cup. Aim for a 2:1 milk to coffee ratio.
- Spoon the remaining foam into each mug. Top with freshly grated nutmeg as desired.
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 small shallot, halved
- 1 red jalapeño, seeds removed
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, stems removed
- 1/4 cup raw cannabis leaves, stems removed
- 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
- 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
- Salt to taste.
- Serve on skirt steak or roast chicken.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cannabis butter/oil
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Mound the flour and make a well in the centre to fit the salt, cannabis oil/butter, and eggs. Gently add the ingredients. Use a fork and a circular motion to whisk the oil, eggs, and salt together in the well. Continue to add more flour as you whisk.
- When the dough begins to form, start kneading as you would bread dough. The dough will be stiff and dry at first, but it should loosen and moisten as you continue. Add water or more oil half a teaspoon at a time if the dough is too thick to work. After around 10 minutes or more of kneading, when the dough is smooth and supple, move on to the next step.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest refrigerated for one to 12 hours.
- Use a pasta maker or roll each piece of dough as thin as possible on a floured board with a rolling pin. Once the dough is nearly paper-thin, use a knife to cut the dough into even strips at the desired width of your pasta.
- Separate the pieces and loosely pile to dry for an hour. You can either use the pasta right away or wrap and store it for a few days in the refrigerator or up to a few weeks in the freezer.
Final thoughts on cooking with cannabis
Marijuana can make everything more enjoyable, music, group meetings and even food.
Try your hand in making cannabis edibles, and start with the basics like cannaoil and cannabutter. Once you’re good at it, take that experience a level higher by cooking delightful green dishes.
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Avoid overindulging in your cuisine creation; the effects of eating cannabis edibles is more intense. Always remember to start low and go slow.