Cooking with cannabis can be somewhat intimidating for beginners but once you know the basics, you will see that cannabis is simply another ingredient for your favorite recipes. Since you are interested in learning more about cooking with cannabis, here are some basics to get you started on your recipe for success.
- What strain pairs well with your recipe? Knowing what strain of cannabis you are going to cook with and the flavors that it adds to the recipe is key. It is also important to understand the physical effect the strain will have on you, for example, do you want to feel energized or sleep? Each strain has a different “terpene profile” which will add distinct flavors and notes to your recipe. For example, the strain Limonene adds citrus notes, the strain Caryophyllene adds a spicy note, Myrcene adds a tropical note, and Linalool adds a lavender note.
- Select a Recipe: As we mentioned in step 1, select a recipe. We suggest starting with recipes that include butter, olive oil, or coconut oil because cannabis works well with fats. The higher quality of the oil the better the results. We suggest cold-pressed olive oil and pure, creamy soft butter, not margarine. Keep in mind the different flavor notes of different strains and start experimenting. For example, salad dressings, sauces, infused butter, smoothies, and even pancake batter, cornbread, and pesto are enhanced with cannabis strains.
- Infuse the Cannabis and Oil: First, grind your cannabis and add to a saucepan with the oil. A good ratio is three parts oil to one part of cannabis. Heat the mixture until it is completely dissolved. Don’t burn or scorch the mixture. Add a small amount of water if needed. This process takes about three hours. Keep in mind the longer it cooks the stronger the infusion. A slow cooker is another way to prepare the infusion. Cook on low for a minimum of six to eight hours and up to three days for the highest potency.
- Strain the Mixture: Now it’s time to strain the mixture while it is hot. Strain using a wire strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter. Place the filters over a large bowl and slowly add the mixture. This may take a while and multiple filters so be patient. It’s worth it!
- Add to Recipes and Experiment: Now the mixture is ready to add to your favorite recipes. Since you aren’t sure what the potency is, experiment with different measurements. Use your special cannabis oil to replace some of the oil in the recipe. For example, if the recipe calls for two tablespoons of olive oil, use one tablespoon olive oil and one tablespoon cannabis oil.
- Store in a Cool Dry Place: Store any unused strained, cooled, infused oil into a glass jar with an airtight lid to keep it fresh. Light and oxygen will deplete the potency and freshness, so store in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator or freezer.