Cannabis Edibles: Cannabis Butter
Before making cannabis butter it is recommend you decarboxylate your cannabis by placing your cannabis in a preheated oven at 106°C, for 25 minutes. The process ensures your cannabis is best prepared for cooking.
You can use any kind of unsalted butter you like, though using high-quality butter provides a better taste. High-quality butter has less water, so you will get a higher yield.
Your finished cannabis butter will have a green tinge to it because of the cannabis.Take 100 grams of bud (or trim) and 500 grams of butter, break up the Bud and then place it into a slow cooker with the butter – add a liter of water.
When you’re making cannabis butter , the key thing to remember is “low and slow”. Infusing the butter over low heat for several hours, never letting it boil, allows for full activation of the THC without scorching the herb.
The addition of the water helps to keep the temperature down and the additional volume allows for more plant material to be added so you get a stronger butter.
As cannabinoids are soluble in butter and not in water the oils will be dissolved into the butter. Let the mix simmer on a low heat for 4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so.
A cafetière is the easiest way to filter out the unwanted plant material from your cannabis butter After filtering the oil and butter mix through the cafetière – pour into an empty plastic milk container.
After a few hours the butter has risen to the surface and solidified, it’s then a simple matter to hold the container over a sink or faucet – carefully remove the container screw cap allowing the water to pour away.
Carefully position the container upside down in the refrigerator (the case of beer is optional). Cutting apart the plastic container exposes the Cannabis Butter, it can be used straight away or you may prefer to clarify the butter for quality and storage.
As long as you use plastic wrap or an airtight container your cannabis butter will keep in the fridge for several weeks and in the freezer for up to six months.
Boiling the mixture will cut down the time needed to make CannaButter, but this practice may burn the butter or destroy some of the THC . Be patient and simmer on a low heat. Always use unsalted butter. and on’t cut corners with spreads or butter substitutes.
Don’t use cannabis seeds and stems, only use buds, shake or trimmings. To further purify (clarify) the Cannabis butter you can reheat the frozen mixture and spoon off any scum that rises to the surface.
This will produce a purer butter known as Ghee (clarified butter). The cannabis butter can now be used in making your cannabis edibles. The cannabis butter can be added to any recipe you like.
Add a teaspoon or two to a warm maple syrup to use on pancakes or waffles. Butter bread for a Panini before grilling, or use it to sauté some asparagus in a pan with some Parmesan and garlic. Delicious!
Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With your Canna Butter
1 cup Canna butter or Ghee, softened
1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto un-greased pans.
Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.