Are you a weed enthusiast with a love for culinary experiments? Have you tried cooking with cannabis but just can’t seem to get the results you’d hoped for?
Join us as we explore the most common mistakes that most rookie marijuana chefs make. If you’re one of them, we have you covered.
Let’s get cooking!
What can I make when cooking with cannabis?
Any ultimate foodie would tell you that, like any other herb, cooking with cannabis creates a range of aromas and flavors. Whether you’re after more THC or CBD, the options for weed-infused edibles reach far and wide.
Some of your options include:
- Hash Browns
- Protein bars
Don’t be fooled; it’s not as simple as taking any weed strain and digging out your favorite cooking with cannabis cookbook. Along with the possible effects you’d experience, you should also consider the various terpenes and if they’d complement your desired edible.
Avoid these mistakes for an elevating culinary experience
Not decarbing your pot
Decarbing your weed is the first and most essential step when cooking with cannabis. Simply put, it’s the process of activating the THC or CBD in the weed by putting them in a preheated oven for an hour. Remember to turn it often to avoid burning.
If you’re prepping for cooking with a cannabis butter recipe, slow and steady wins the race. Either keep your oven at a low and steady temperature or pop your weed in a slow cooker before adding fat.
Grinding too fine
While grinding your marijuana is essential, be careful not to get too enthusiastic. If your weed is too fine, it’ll give your edibles a grassy taste and green tint.
To avoid this common mistake, opt for using a coarse grinder over a food processor or coffee grinder. Before you start cooking with your cannabis, remember that the preferred consistency should resemble coarse salt.
Adding too much cannabis to food
Since each weed strain has varying amounts for each component, ensure that you know what you’re using before cooking with cannabis. Remember, cooking doesn’t require as much weed as smoking does.
When cooking with a cannabis tincture, many novices overlook the importance of mixing and distributing the mixture well. It’s the only real way to ensure that the cannabis is distributed evenly and that everyone experiences the same potency. If in doubt, stir again.
Not using all the weed plant
Unlike smoking weed, you don’t always have to opt for the highest quality bud. You can retrieve the valuable compounds required from the whole marijuana plant. This means that, while smoking them would be a bad idea, cooking with cannabis leaves and trim are fully possible.
Letting infusions go to waste
We’ve all heard about how oil and water don’t mix. Well, in this case, go ahead and create that mixture.
When cooking with cannabis butter or oil, you can extend its shelf-life by adding water. The H2O will evaporate when cooking, so there’s no set ratio—but many canna chefs recommend using 1:1.
Another tip for getting the most out of your infusion is to let it strain slowly. By squeezing the cheesecloth when filtering your tincture, you risk little bits of plant material slipping through.
Rather be patient, allowing gravity to do its job. You’re now ready to start cooking with your cannabis oil or butter.
Failing to check potency
As you explore your cooking with cannabis cookbook, always consider that the potency may differ, especially if using a new weed mixture.
To avoid accidentally sending anyone on a trip beyond their expectation, you should always test the infusion first.
As a personal dose, take a teaspoon of your mixture and wait an hour. Gauging the effects after that will help you determine how much to add to your next recipe.
Alternatively, if cooking with cannabis oil, for example, drizzle a bit on your meal to determine the effects when taken with food.
Top cannabis strains to use in the kitchen
As in smoking, the strain used in your edibles will produce different effects. Though cannabis genetics (sativa vs. indica) play a large role in this, you should also consider the terpene and cannabinoid profiles.
Ensure that you understand the compound ratio of the strain and the known effects to determine the best variety to use.
Here are a few of the best strains to add to your cooking with cannabis cookbook:
This strain is preferred when cooking with cannabis butter due to its soothing effects. Slip it into some cookies for a sweet experience with an extra kick. Any edibles infused with this strain are sure to create a few interesting stories.
A favorite among canna chefs, this strain has a refreshing banana berry terpene profile that’ll leave you feeling blissfully at peace but with a slight buzz. If you’re cooking with cannabis coconut oil infused with this strain, consider its sedating properties first.
Have you ever had marijuana pizza? Well, you're in for a treat with this strain. Incorporate it in your cooking with cannabis oil recipes for a meal that’s out of this world.
The earthy and pine terpenes make this the ideal herb for cooking with cannabis in savory dishes.
Cooking with cannabis isn’t as intimidating as it sounds, but it requires understanding the strain compounds and the measurements.
Edibles are a great alternative to smoking and still provide the full experience. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and experiment with some new cooking with cannabis oil recipes.
Avoid the mistakes mentioned above, and you’ll be good to go. Just remember to test the infusion before you start cooking.