Top 10 Mistakes Rookies Make When Cooking Edibles
Whether you’re new to making edibles or you’ve never quite gotten it right, we examine the typical mistakes people make when cooking with weed. Read on to right your wrongs and head towards a world of culinary cannabis delights.
There are so many inventive ways to enjoy cannabis, and edibles is one of our favourites. We run through some of the most common mistakes to avoid below, so you can make delicious, potent edibles every time.
1. COOKING WITH RAW CANNABIS
The number one mistake newbies make? Trying to use raw cannabis.
Heat is necessary to activate the THC and/or CBD in cannabis, via a process known as decarboxylation. While it sounds complicated, it is actually quite simple. Start by preheating your oven to 110–120°C. Now, spread your ground weed on a cookie sheet and pop it in the oven for around 1 hour. Make sure to stir the bud AT LEAST every 15 minutes—you want to activate the compounds, not burn them.
When making cannabutter, remember you will have to keep the temperature low and steady for an extended period, which slow cookers are perfect for (if you have one).
Remember: You MUST decarboxylate your bud before adding it to fat.
2. GRINDING YOUR CANNABIS TOO FINE
While some canna chefs recommend grinding cannabis with a food processor or coffee grinder, there are convincing reasons not to. Pulverising the bud gives edibles a grassy flavour you may not enjoy, and it can cause your butter or oil to turn a dark shade of green. Instead, use a coarse grinder—ideally you’re looking for the consistency of coarse salt.
3. SPENDING HUGE AMOUNTS OF MONEY ON YOUR COOKING BUD
A little goes a long way. Many novices waste lots of bud when they start experimenting in the kitchen. In general, you do not need a huge amount of cannabis to create the punch you are looking for. Check out this cannabutter recipe to get an idea of how much you should be using.
Unlike smoking, you aren’t just looking to use the primo bud. You can also extract valuable cannabinoids from shake, stems, leaves, and trim. Shake is the leftover pieces at the bottom of your bag that frequently contains a mix of several kinds of cannabis. Commercial kitchens, especially in the United States, often use mixed bud for their cooking, so if you can find it, consider this option. Save the prime stuff for smoking.
4. FORGETTING TO ADD WATER TO YOUR OIL OR BUTTER
While some purists will tell you this is hearsay, adding water to your infusion is a nifty trick. This way, your butter/oil won’t burn and your cannabinoids won’t degrade. There is no exact amount of water to add, but try to use at least as much water as oil or butter. The water boils off. You can also see the difference in your “washed” end product. It is not as green.
5. SQUEEZING OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF THE INFUSION
After infusing cannabutter, you’ll need to slowly and carefully strain it. As with many things in the kitchen, cheesecloth is the most ideal filter as it only lets the oil through. Be careful not to squeeze too hard because you might end up with excess plant material in your mix. Instead, be gentle and let it filter over a bowl so gravity does the work for you.
6. NOT TESTING THE POTENCY OF YOUR INFUSION BEFORE COOKING
Cooking at home with cannabis does not have to be a game of Russian roulette. It is crucial, especially if trying a new recipe, to test the octane. Check out how potent your infusion is before you cook.
Take a small teaspoon of your newly enriched fat as a personal dose. Wait an hour and gauge the effects. This will help you determine how strong the batch is.
Another alternative is to add your infusion as a topping or drizzle over a recipe at first. This is an effortless way to control the dose and gauge the effects when taken with food, and to determine how long it takes to kick in.
7. FAILING TO STIR AND DISTRIBUTE
When adding infused oil or butter to a recipe, you will also need to make sure it is distributed evenly throughout. Otherwise, some people will feel nothing and others may end up in space. Stir your recipe. And then stir again.
8. NOT KNOWING HOW TO INCORPORATE CONCENTRATES
Cooking with premade concentrates is also an art that takes a little practice to get right.
Cooking with kief is fun and easy. Its fine texture dissolves almost instantly in liquids and fats, sometimes even at room temperature. Hash, however, will take a little preparation, and this also depends on its consistency. Dry hash can be put in a food processor to grind it. A sticky variety needs to be heated until it melts.
Keep in mind that cannabis concentrates are stronger than regular bud, so you will need comparatively less to achieve the same potency. This is especially true with modern concentrates like waxes, oils, etc.
9. IGNORING PORTION SIZE
When it comes to knowing how potent your edibles are, it’s crucial to calculate the doses. On average, most bud today contains between 15–20% THC, but what does this mean when you’re cooking with it?
If we lived in a world where 100% of the THC from the plant is transferred to your edibles, a strain with 20% THC would break down like this:
1 gram of bud = 1000mg dry weight = 200mg THC
So, if you were making a beginner’s sized edible (usually between 5 and 10mg per edible), then 1 gram of herb would make you 20 edibles. But, we don’t live in a world of 100% transfer—instead, you can expect around 50% transfer. So, to make 20 edibles from a 20% THC herb, you’re going to need 2 grams of bud.
10. IGNORING STRAIN CHOICE
In precisely the same way as when you’re smoking it, different strains promote different effects. While this has a bit to do with the genetics of the plant (indica vs sativa), you’ll find that specific cannabinoid and terpene profiles play the largest role here.
Terpenes are responsible for the flavours and aromas of a plant. As we learn more about cannabis, we’re discovering that terpenes also play a massive part in the herb’s effects too.
The entourage effect is a phenomenon of chemical synergy that occurs between various cannabis compounds when ingested together. This applies to THC, CBD, terpenes, as well as the other myriad compounds in the plant.
Depending on the effect you’re looking for, one of the four strains below is a great place to start when making edibles:
• High in THC for a strong effect: Royal Gorilla
A 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid, Royal Gorilla features a pinene-dominated terpene profile, which translates to a cerebral high alongside a relaxing physical effect that puts the entire body at ease. Featuring THC levels at or above 25%, this strain is not to be underestimated! Dose with caution.
Cooking with cannabis is fun, rewarding, and, of course, delicious. But it can take a bit of practice to get things right. Here are some things to look out for.
- November 17, 2020
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5 Ways To Use Leftover Cannabis Pulp
If you’ve ever asked the question: what can I do with the strained weed I’ve used, let me show you 5 Ways To Use Leftover Cannabis Pulp!
Should you save your cannabis pulp?
YES! Don’t throw out that beautiful pulp!
Leftover cannabis pulp is the cannabis flower material that is leftover after you strain your weed when making an edible recipe like Cannabutter, Cannabis-Infused Oils, or Cannabis Coconut Oil
While some Canna-Conneseurs may not agree that the used cannabis flower is good after you’ve decarded and used it, we feel that the leftover weed material is full of beneficial nutrients, compounds, and terpenes.
Let me show you how you can save your Cannabis pulp so that you can enjoy every last part of your plant.
For these recipes below featuring cannabis pulp, it is recommended to start low and go slow.
It’s what I like to call: ” The Marijuana Mantra”.
I personally recommend starting with just a 1/3 or 1/4 cup leftover flower pulp and going from there.
5 Ways To Use Leftover Cannabis Pulp
Just so you’re aware, the spent cannabis flower can have a very strong taste to some individuals – and you may not like it – BUT, there is a chance you might!
#1. Steeping your Cannabis Pulp
Enjoy a nice hot cup of cocoa, coffee or golden milk ?
You can simply pack a tea ball with your leftover cannabis leaves in oil or butter and steep them directly into any of your favorite beverages!
#2. Cannabis Pulp-Infused Vinaigrette
It’s easy and super verstaile.
You can create your own cannabis-infused vinaigrette with your favorite fresh toppings, lettuce, and your leftover cannabis pulp.
To make your own salad with this option, just use about 1 tablespoon pulp, and add it to a 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup of white vinegar and mix.
The vinegar will act as a solvent to help remove the remaining cannabinoids from the plant.
#3. Salsa, Anyone?
Yes! Use your leftover cannabis pulp and create a tasty or spicy infused salsa.
You can use about 1/3-1/4 cup leftover cannabis pulp per 1 cup of salsa. Mix it up, and dip!
Pair this with your favorite crackers or tortilla chips for a yummy and quick edible snack.
#4. Basil Pesto
Love pesto? Me too.
I grab a container of pesto at the local grocery store, and then I use a small amount of Cannabis pulp to mix it up.
Because pesto tastes strong, you may not notice the weed, but you’ll feel it – I bet!
Using what I call: “The Marijuana Mantra”, dose low and slow. Start with 2-3 tbsp of pulp for every container of pesto but adjust as necessary and desired.
#5. Cannabis Garlic Butter
Nothing beats a nice garlic butter on fresh toast or bread!
Using your Cannabis pulp, you can mix in a few tbsp to your already existing Cannabutter.
You can also mix pulp with regular butter and 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, mix well and slather it onto your bread, broil in the oven for 5 minutes or more and enjoy!
If you’re starting to cook with Cannabis, or you are a seasoned Canna-Chef, check out more recipes here.
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5 Ways To Use Leftover Cannabis Pulp. What to do with leftover pulp? Use it in tea, beverages, dips and in garlic pesto. Edible recipes here.