Making your own edibles is not a one and done scenario. It takes lots of practice and trial-and-error to get it right. After some experimentation, you might get close to what you want. There are some ways to make mistakes without creating a lot of problems for yourself. Consider looking at these cooking tips as a good place to start.
One of the most important skills with making a recipe like cannabis-infused butter is thinking ratios don’t matter. Like in any cooking or baking, how much goes in really matters to the end result. More flowers don’t make it taste better. It might actually negatively impact the flavor profile and make it less desirable. Some things to consider:
- 1 cup of oil to 1 cup of ground cannabis
- Lipids in the oil can bind with only so many cannabinoids so don’t waste too much
Buy less to save money. The excess can always be used with something else but don’t overdo it and risk throwing off the delicate balance you’re trying to achieve.
Watch the Heat
One of the hardest things to do is to get the heat right in making cannabutter. A good starting point is to decarboxylate your cannabis before cooking it. To do this, set your oven to the right temperature. Then, it has to heat long enough and mix to activate the most area. Generally, the temperature should be at 245 degrees Fahrenheit and cook for 30 to 40 minutes with some mixing of the buds every 10 minutes. There is a delicate balance between getting the temperature and timing right. Use a thermometer to help discern when it is right to finish the job.
Strain the Oil
After infusing the oil, it is time to strain the plant material. Cheesecloth is recommended so it can let the oil pass through yet stay separate from the ground plant material. Let the cheesecloth do the work. Don’t strain the cloth to get oil out. This is called ‘milking’ and will push out more plant material than oil. Best to let the materials handle the job the way they’re supposed to for best results.
Some of the best results when cooking comes from taking your time with the oil and flower. You don’t want to rush the process, overheat, or push the timing on it. If you want good flavor and natural process, then follow some guidelines that help you make the most of your time cooking up some decent herbs that will make you feel good about the work you put in and bring you some much-needed relief. While it may be hard to be patient at first, over time, you’ll get to learn the process and feel like a pro in no time.
While you can make your own cannabis, it is always good to check in with a qualified dispensary to get the best products on the market. Mary and Main works hard to provide top products that will serve your needs and help you find the best solution for the challenges you face. Let us help you find what you need. Call us today to get started.