Edibles have been kicked up a notch and now cannabis-infused ingredients can be used to make any meal you love to cook and even the crazy ones you can only imagine. For those of you starting out on this culinary adventure, here are some unique ways to infuse cannabis into your cooking.
Cannabis tinctures utilize alcohol extraction to remove the THC from marijuana while getting rid of the plant matter. Once extracted, these tinctures can be used in multiple ways as both an alcohol base or with the alcohol burned off. An example of how to use them is in marijuana sugar, which is made with cannabis tinctures and granulated sugar. The finished product can be substituted anywhere sugar is used, meaning you can turn any sweet (like banana muffins or homemade granola) into a cannabis-infused treat.
Making cannabis wine is for the more experienced marijuana chef. To make cannabis wine, you need to start by fermenting the grapes with the addition of cannabis. The fermentation process extracts the THC from the plant and infuses it into the wine and can take up to nine months to complete. But what you’re left with is an unforgettable result. If you don’t have the patience to wait that long to try it or live in a state where it’s legal, pick up some marijuana wine from a certified winemaker. Besides drinking it, cannabis wine can be used to make a beautiful pot of steamed mussels or mixed in with a chilli to take it to that next level.
Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil
This is one of the easiest and most effective ways to infuse cannabis into your cooking. Almost all recipes call for an oil component and olive oil is by far the most popular. Simply pour regular olive oil into a sauce pan and bring it to a near boil. Grind up your cannabis into a fine powder or use the kief found in the bottom part of the grinder and add it in. Once the oil has been boiled for about an hour, strain the oil though a cheesecloth to remove impurities and let cool. This product can be used for nearly anything, but it’s a great topper on hummus or drizzled over a salad.
The process of infusing vodka with cannabis can take up to four days. After the delayed gratification, you’ll be left with a marijuana-rich vodka than can be used to craft a unique and experiential cocktail. Simply grind the cannabis into vodka and let it sit for four days. On the last day, boil a large pot of water and place the sealed bottle of vodka in the water; this will activate the THC in the vodka and infuse the alcohol. After this, strain the plant matter out of the vodka and enjoy!
Honey can be used in many recipes to add a sweet, natural touch. Making cannabis-infused honey is quite easy too, if you have the right equipment. Simply take finely ground cannabis wrapped in a cheesecloth and place it in a crockpot with honey. Wait about four hours for the cannabis to steep into the honey and add it to your your tea or morning toast.
Gone are the days of brownie-only edibles. Not only are innovative companies (like Dixie Elixirs) creating different options, but there’s also more possibility than ever for the average consumer to foray into cannabis cooking. Besides butter, there are more diverse ways of extracting marijuana too meaning you can find the one that suits you and your cooking style the best. Consider incorporating any of these five ingredients when planning your next meal to take your dinner to a “higher” level.
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