Cooking With Marijuana – An Introduction

If you have the pleasure of living in one of 29 states that have Marijuana legislation on the books, and have visited a dispensary you may have noticed the abundance of edible marijuana products.  From cookies to brownies, candy bars, lollipops, gummy bears, the list goes on and on.  If you can eat it, you can infuse it with marijuana, just about any meal or treat can be infused.  Here at Cooking With Marijuana we have a passion for creating homemade treats and meals.  We have always been passionate about making our own meals and we love the control we have over the ingredients and dosing when making our own Marijuana infused dishes.  Join us and become a Marijuana Chef in no time!

What is Decarboxylation, Why is it Important?

Using Marijuana in cooking begins with understanding the basic science of decarboxylation. It is crucial to the process of making edibles, tinctures and topical treatments. Simply, decarboxylation means to heat. Marijuana requires two things to be potent, dry aged and to be heated. Chemical reactions occur when marijuana is heated that gives the desired effects.

What temperature do you need to heat marijuana at in order to decarb or activate it? Well we will get to that, just remember the lower the temperature the longer it will take, but that is a good thing, because the higher the temperature the more Terpenes are burned off.

Terpenes are chemical compounds in marijuana that give each strain its unique smell and flavor. They also have medicinal benefits and work in conjunction with THC to enhance medicinal benefits.

Now that we know that, lets get started! Choose a subject you’d like to read about from our posts shown below, we recommend starting with Decarboxylation

Decarboxylation – Property Preparing Your Marijuana

Understanding Marijuana Weights

Make CannaButter – Marijuana Infused Butter

Lemon Bars – Our First Edible

CBD Recipes: How Can You Eat CBD?

CBD Recipes: How Can You Eat CBD?

CBD – its been touted for its various medicinal benefits, from providing relief from pain, anxiety, sleeplessness and much more!

First, you want to find some high quality CBD product, we recommend CBDFX, you can check out their great products by Clicking Here.

Then you will want to figure out the best way to consume it!

CBD Dosage

With anything, including various marijuana recipes, you will want to start slow.  Try a little bit of CBD and see how it affects you and increase your dosage a little at a time.

The dosage will also depend if you decide to get CBD Gummies, CBD Tinticure, CBD Capsules, CBD Oil and so forth.

For purposes of cooking, we are going to want CBD oil.  You do not want Vape Oil for cooking.  Look for sublingual oil, this means it is designed to be dropped under the tongue.  It usually comes in MCT oil which is derived from coconuts and perfect for cooking.  CBDFX has sublingual oils in MCT at great prices.

For the dosage of the oils, read the labels, but start with 1 or 2 drops per serving and increase from there based on how you feel and react.

Cooking With CBD

Ok, so now on to the fun stuff, making food with our CBD!

Toast and Butter – A classic and all-time favorite, this is a simple staple that is easy to make.  There are a few methods we can go about to make our Toast & CBD Butter.

  1. Place butter into a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 30-45 seconds until it becomes soft, slightly melted.
  2. Mix the butter that is soft with the melted part and add 3-4 drops of CBD oil.
  3. Allow to sit for 4 minutes and firm up slightly
  4. Spread on toast! Enjoy
  5. Bonus – add a few slices of avacado to the top of the toast!

Making CBD Butter In Bulk

You may want to make a batch of CBD butter to use over many days or in different recipes.  The process is similar to how we make our marijuana butter.

  1. You will need 2 cups of butter, 20ml of CBD oil, 1 Cup of Water and 2 Hours of your time
  2. Break up butter into small pieces (cutting it or however you like), place it in a stockpot with CBD Oil and Water and cook on low heat for about 2 hours.
  3. Be mindful of the heat, you do not want it to go above 350 degrees as this can burn off the CBD goodness!  You will also want to make sure to stir regularly to keep the mixture together.
  4. Once the water has cooked off, pour into a container and place in the fridge, the butter will be ready once solidified.

CBD Coffee – What goes better with your morning toast then a fresh cup of Joe?  There are a few ways we can add CBD goodness to our coffee.

  1. Make your coffee how you like, add 3-4 drops of CBD oil to the coffee and stir!
  2. Into the “bulletproof” coffee craze?  Make your coffee and use CBD Oil Butter in your coffee!

Something Other Than Breakfast Foods Please!

Do you like pasta?  Do you like Pesto?  Let’s make CBD Pesto Pasta!

Making Pesto is really easy.  All you need is 2 cups Fresh Basil, 3 Cloves Garlic, 1/2 Cup Pine nuts, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

In a blender combine Basil, Garlic, Nuts, Cheese and 1/4 cup olive oil.  Pulse in blender until a coarse paste.  Add 1/4 cup of CBD oil, pulse one last time and bam!  CBD Pesto sauce.  Boil up some pasta, toss in the sauce and enjoy a nice dinner!

 

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Cooking With CBD: Things To Know

Cooking With CBD: Things To Know

CBD oil, its getting its fair share of attention, being advertised in the wellness community as an all-natural, many times organic remedy for aliments from anxiety, arthritis, Crons disease, cancer and more!  People are having CBD parties to share it with each other (and probably sell it new people, like Tupper-ware in the 70’s!).

Is it all that or snake oil? Let’s dive in…

A quick note – As with anything, it is imperative to seek medical advice from a qualified processional.  Here are Cooking With Marijuana we are certainly not medical professionals, so speak with your doctor first!

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First – What is CBD Oil Exactly?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive compound in hemp and marijuana.  So unlike some of things that we have created in this blog, CBD won’t get you “high”.  CBD has been found to have many benefits for humans, and it interacts with a system of neurons in our body collectively called the Endocannabinoid system.  Interesting note – Dogs have this system as well!

It has been established that many of the benefits people seem to get from consuming marijuana (smoking, vaping, eating it) is a result of the different CBD compounds and their interaction within the human body.  Getting “high” just happens to be a fun and relaxing effect of the THC in marijuana.

Why Oil for CBD?

Like our other discussions on here about creating marijuana butter, oil and tinctures, the compounds from marijuana or hemp bind really well to fat soluble items.  It’s also then easy to bake with, creating gummies, treats and much more.  Mixing into food or water is very easy as well.  Or you could just take it sublingually (a few drops under your tongue).

What types of CBD products exist?

CBD comes in a range of products from oil, to tinctures, gummies and much more.

Check out a selection from our affiliate partners, their high quality CBD products are excellent to start with:

What are the benefits of CBD Oil?

There are many aliments afflicting dogs that CBD oil can help address.

  • Arthritis – CBD has anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate arthritis and its consequences.
  • Pain – Because of the CBD anti-inflammatory properties, pain can reduced or eliminated with the right treatment plan
  • Anxiety & Stress– CBD has calming effects, it can be similar to taking a Valium for its users. Particularly helpful during stressful times. Stress has been shown to be a major factor, contributing to many other ailments we experience.  Finding remedies to lower stress levels is important, as lower stress responses can lower inflammation and cortisol levels that contribute to many other things.
  • Seizures – CBD has been shown to reduce the number of seizures and the severity of them in humans. If you or a loved one is prone to seizures, you will want to talk to your doctor about CBD.  There have been cases of it being beneficial for those suffering from epilepsy as well.
  • Appetites – Having trouble eating? Not interested in food or having trouble keeping it down? Try some CBD it has been shown to increase the appetite of its user!

What side effects exist for using CBD Oil and CBD products?

Although no scientific data exists on this, users could experience similar side effects, however much milder, as marijuana. For those that have not experienced it, it can be similar to a stiff drink or taking a valium:

  • Drowsiness: The calming effect of CBD could cause you to be sleepy
  • Low-Blood Pressure: Especially in higher dosages, CBD has been known to cause a temporarily drop in blood pressure.
  • Dry-Mouth: It may make you more thirsty
  • Appetite: Generally it is on the more hungry side, you will probably have a higher appetite for food.

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Can you cook with CBD oils?

Absolutely you can cook with CBD.  It is a great way to incorporate it into your diet and take advantage of its many benefits.  Here are some tips to get start with incorporating CBD into your diet:

  • Start small. Like anything you are beginning with, start with a small dose, as you learn how it interacts with your body, you can increase your dose.
  • Try adding it to simple items like Teas, Smoothies, Yogurt and more.
  • Like marijuana, CBD works best in recipes that have fat in them, something with Olive Oil, Butter, Coconut Oil.
  • Use quality product. With anything you always want to use a quality product, we recommend checking out:
  • Be mindful of heat. You can cook off the CBD compounds.  So you want to avoid direct heat and not heat over 350 degrees F.

Wrapping Up The Ultimate guide to CBD oil

There is no shortage of media and content out there toting the benefits of using CBD.  Overall, it seems to be an excellent option for people to seek relief from their ailments.  So if you have pain, anxiety issues or seizures, it would be a worthwhile conversation to have with your doctor.

Check out below, we will keep any updated list of different recipes you can try when cooking with CBD

Until Next Time

Chef MJ

Cannabutter: The Simplest Recipe

Cannabutter: The Simplest Recipe

Cannabutter: Keep It Simple, The Only Recipe You Will Ever Need

Affiliate Disclaimer: I hope you like these articles on CannaButter. My blog posts contain affiliate links. I receive referral payments from my affiliates. Listen, the commisions we make from affiliate refferals are vital to myself and my family.  It pays the bills.  It doesn’t coast you the consumer anything extra to buy through my link, but it does give us a means to pay the bills.  So with that said, I greatly appreciate it, if you do find value in the products referred, if you purchase through my links.  Thanks!

So, here are a few products I can recommend, and again, these affiliate links to help to pay the bills around here (doesn’t cost you any extra to order through my links).

Mason jars for storing Cannaoil or Marijuana Flower
Magical Butter Machine – Review coming soon, but this makes creating Cannabutter super simple and easy
Crockpot / Slow Cooker (Many more uses than just cannabutter or cannaoil)

Butter, the base of any good recipe, why is butter used to make Marijuana infused editabes?  THC and cannaboids are fat-soluble, so when marijauna is simmered in butter at tempature, the butter absorbs the THC and cannaboids.  After this processes we then will have CannaButter 🙂

Firstly, make sure you Decarbed your marijuana – if you don’t know what that is, please check out our post – Intro to Cooking with Marijuana (Cannabis)

Using A Stovetop To Make Cannabutter.

Supplies: We will need the following:

  • 1/4 Ounce of Marijuana Flower.  We recommend using flower. Grind it up and decarb it, see that post above.
  • 1 pound of butter *unsalted*,  I prefer KerryGold, good ol irish butter.
  • 2 Cups of Pure Clean High Quality H20…I mean water, you just need water
  • Metal Spoon, Spatula
  • Medium or Large sauce pan or pot
  • Glass or Stainless Steel Bowl (3 quart or so)
  • Metal strainer
  • Cheese cloth, 8″ x 8″ – 2 pieces
  • Knife, Tupperware containers, plastic wrap
  • Pair of gloves (rubber ones, like kitchen gloves)

Lets Make This Amazing CannaButter Already

Remember – Low and Slow, this is going to take a few hours.

Step 1

Cut butter into several pieces, combine with water into our saucepan or pot.  Heat on medium until butter melts and begins to simmer.

Step 2

Once simmering, add the marijuana, reduce heat to low and maintain a simer.  Stir every 30 minutes or so and keep covered for about 3 hours.  If mixture gets a little thick, add a small amount of hot water, but don’t let it get soupy, espeically close to the end.

Step 3

After 3 hours, allow the mixture to thicken and turn off the heat, allow it to cool for 20 minutes or so.  Once it has cooled a little, we need our metal strainer, bowl and cheese cloth.  Set the strainer over the bowl, put the cheese cloath in the strainer to line it.  We are going to pour our cooled mixture into this and strain out the butter from the marijuana flower.  With your gloves on, grab the edges of the cheese cloth, bring the corners together and tightly squeeze out any remaining butter for the marijuana.  Once you are satisfied it is all out, throw away the ball of marijuana in cheese cloth.

Step 4

Place the bowl of butter in the fridge, approximately 2 hours for it to cool and solidify.  Lift the butter out of the bowl onto a plate or cutting board.  Use a paper towel to dab off any excess water.  Your butter should have a green tint to it and is ready to be used or frozen.  The Cannabutter will last 2 weeks in the fridge, or up to six months in the freezer.

 

Another Method To Make CannaButter Is With A Crockpot!

Supplies: We will need the following:

  • 1/4 Ounce of Marijuana Flower.  We recommend using flower. Grind it up and decarb it, see that post above.
  • 1 pound of butter *unsalted*,  I prefer KerryGold, good ol irish butter.  Alternativley you can us oil as well
  • 2 Cups of Pure Clean High Quality H20…I mean water, you just need water
  • Metal Spoon, Spatula
  • Crockpot – aka slow-cooker
  • Glass or Stainless Steel Bowl (3 quart or so)
  • Metal strainer
  • Cheese cloth, 8″ x 8″ – 2 pieces
  • Knife, Tupperware containers, plastic wrap
  • Pair of gloves (rubber ones, like kitchen gloves)

Slow Cooker CannaButter

Remember – Low and Slow, this is going to take a few hours.

Step 1

Turn on the slowcooker, put it on low heat.  Cut butter into several pieces and melt in a bowl in the microwave.  Put melted butter into the slow cooker and combine with water.  If you are doing oil, there is no need for water.

Step 2

Add the ground marijuana (make sure it is decarbed!). Cover the cooker. The hard work is finished. When the top layer changes from watery to glossy and thick, which will take somewhere around 8 to 12 hours, it is done!

Step 3

Turn off the heat, once it has cooled a little, we need our metal strainer, bowl and cheese cloth.  Set the strainer over the bowl, put the cheese cloath in the strainer to line it.  We are going to pour our cooled mixture into this and strain out the butter from the marijuana flower.  With your gloves on, grab the edges of the cheese cloth, bring the corners together and tightly squeeze out any remaining butter for the marijuana.  Once you are satisfied it is all out, throw away the ball of marijuana in cheese cloth.

If you did oil, transfer the oil into a mason jar (canning jar) these things are great and seal tight. Cannaoil can be kept at room tempature and lasts up to 3 months, that makes this an attractive option!

Step 4

If you did butter, place the bowl of butter in the fridge, approximately 2 hours for it to cool and solidify.  Lift the butter out of the bowl onto a plate or cutting board.  Use a paper towel to dab off any excess water.  Your butter should have a green tint to it and is ready to be used or frozen.  The Cannabutter will last 2 weeks in the fridge, or up to six months in the freezer.

 

Marijuana Storage Tips and Tricks

Marijuana Storage Tips and Tricks

AKA How to Stash Your Stash!

More than once in your life you have asked yourself the question, “How long is my marijuana good for?”. Though marijuana does not have an expiration date, it does degrade over time and can go bad. But your marijuana stash can remain safe and sound for up to many years if you store it properly. Proper storage is so much more than rolling it up in a sandwich bag and leaving it in the sock drawer. It may sound like hard work however, it will be easy as long as you follow these tips and tricks.

ELEMENTS TO CONSIDER WHEN STORING MARIJUANA

Just like food products in the kitchen, there are some factors to consider when storing marijuana specifically.  For us to understand how to make your stash of marijuana withstand the test of time, here are some factors to consider.

1. Air
A high amount of air will hasten the time of the degradation. Most people think that by simply securing your stash in any zip-lock or a food storage container is enough, but it isn’t. The container should be the right size – something that has not that much of a vacant space and something that also prevents crowding. This needs to be considered because even if there’s really no air going inside the container, the trapped excess air can still have great effects.

2. Moisture
See to it that your marijuana is dry. Not too dry, just the right amount to prevent molds from building up, but not dry enough that it dries out.  That is determined by humidity level. Keep the humidity level of your marijuana below 65 percent, but above 55 percent.

3. Light
This is absolutely the biggest factor that affects storage of marijuana. Light affects marijuana as much as UV rays affect us through sunburns, tan lines and dry hair. It will dry out the important properties of marijuana. Keep your stash away from direct sunlight or any direct light source. Like a wine cellar, your stash is best aged in a cool, dark place.

RECOMMENDED CONTAINERS

Infinity Jars
Made in Europe, these jars have light-proof glass, airtight, spill-proof, smell-proof and is said to be able to keep dried goods for quite a long time.

Mason Jars
Mason jars are jars made out of glass. They are readily available in the market and are very affordable. Traditionally used for canning foods and jellies, these are my go to for my marijuana storage needs.  These are indeed affordable, but do not provide UV protection, so storage in a dark place is essential.

Riess Containers
This container is made with steel coated enamel and is certified to be UV light-proof. What’s more is that it’s airtight and totally safe for when storing weed.

DO’S AND DON’TS For Proper Marijuana Storage

  • Always use containers that are airtight and vacuum-sealed.
  • Make sure that the container you choose is out of materials that has neutral electrical charge. This is to avoid any occurrence of static.
  • Maintain a temperature range of 40-72 degrees F (4.4-22 C) to avoid molds from building up in your weed.
  • Keep the humidity level of your stash below 65 percent. When the level is around 59-63, there will be a high risk of molds and mildews. And when it’s below 55 percent, it will dry out your cannabis.
  • Avoid heat and lack of moisture when storing. A dry herb will have a different flavor. It will give you a strong smoke that will result to coughing and inflammation of your throat and lungs. Though it will be fine for cooking, it may lose potency.
  • Sandwich bags / plastic zip-lock bags can be okay – BUT only for short-term storing! These bags are highly prone to generate static charges, can easily lose moisture and can easily be detected by somebody that you have weed in your possession.
  • Storing your weed in a “cool, dark place” does not automatically mean it’s totally okay to store your stash in the fridge or in the freezer! Never use your fridge or freezer for storage.
  • As much as possible, keep your stash away from any sources of electricity and heat like appliances. These will dry them out and will cause bacteria to form.
  • Never use a tobacco humidor. This has oils that can transfer and affect the unique flavor if your weed. They also tend to regulate humidity and over-saturate your stash. Tobacco needs a whole different environment than Marijuana for it storage needs, so cigar humidors as well are off limits.

OTHER THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

Daily storage & Long-term storage

It is recommended that when storing, you separate you daily stash from the one’s you will use later. You don’t have to be worried about degradation for your week’s supply. But still, when storing (may it be for your daily or long-term usage), air and light will always be big factors to take into great consideration.

Store Different Strains Separately

If you possess more than one strain, use separate containers for each strain. Each strain has different characteristics and aroma. To be able to properly maintain the uniqueness of each strain, keep them in separate jars. Keeping them all together will cause mixing and I know you wouldn’t want that.

Wrapping it Up

How you store your marijuana is much more involved than most think. With these guidelines, we hope they help you properly store your marijuana stash and get the most out of it. You can now be sure that you’re keeping your supply in its top condition for as long as possible.

Cannabis Tinctures: What They Are, How To Make and Use Them

Cannabis Tinctures: What They Are, How To Make and Use Them

Cannabis Tinctures: How To Guide

With the Holidays fast approaching, we thought it was pertinent to revisit our Cannabis Tinctures.  We absolutely love making them, they hit many points to make them a favorite of ours.

  • Easy to make
  • Versatility
  • Long Shelf Life
  • Low Calorie *Around 8 Calories per ML

Adding a few ML (milliliters) of these to Eggnog, Coffee, Ice Tea makes that beverage that much better.  Incorporating these into our holiday recipes makes it really easy to elevate many different recipes.

So What Are Cannabis Tinctures?

Alcohol based extracts is what they are.  Essentially we will use high proof alcohol (190 proof) to extract the goodies from our cannabis and the alcohol will become infused.  This is a time tested and proven method.  In addition, it makes dosing easy.  We will explore in future the posts making a vegetable glycerin tincture, which can be used in similar fashions to an alcohol tincture, but also allows us to make things like gummy bears and other various yummy edibles.

Why Use Cannabis Tinctures?

They are delicious that’s why.  Some people, like myself love the flavor.  However, that’s besides the point.  Cannabis Tinctures allow easy use and dosing of Marijuana.

  • Add it to coffee, iced tea, even a bottle water and consume.
  • Dosing is simple, try your newly made tincture in 1ML doses to understand how potent it is and how it effects you.
  • Discreet, no overwhelming smell when consuming
  • Healthy – coming in at around 8 calories per ML, plus you are not smoking it and you have full control over what you consume it in, unlike Marijuana Butter or Oil, this is nicer for the health conscientious enthusiast.

Ok, Ok, Lets Make Some Cannabis Tincture Already!

Yeh, enough of the blah blah blah fluff right? Lets get down to brass tax, how do we make this magical stuff.

So, we have a few options and it all depends on how much time you have and how potent you want it to be (at least this is my opinion).

Lets start with the long and becomes quite potent method.

30 Day Room Temperature Brew Method

So we will need some supplies.

  • High Proof Alcohol, I recommend EverClear 151->190 proof, you can get your hands on anything in that range.
  • Measuring Cup
  • Marijuana Flower – Depends how much tincture you want to make, but I usually use a quarter (7 grams) and end up with about 4.5 oz of tincture.
  • Cheese cloth (you will need this at day 30 for straining, I suppose you could use a coffee filter, but that’s not optimal.)
  • Mason Jar (8oz size is perfect)

Now Lets Make Some Tincture!

  1. Decarb your flower, absolutely a must.  Check out our post on decarbing here.  But the gist is this:
    *****Decarbing Instructions*****

    1. Preheat your oven to 240° F. / 115° C.
    2. Break up the marijuana by hand and spread evenly in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
    3. Bake for 30-40 minutes, carefully mixing every 10 minutes to ensure the marijuana is evenly toasted.
    4. Remove the marijuana when it has become a light to medium brown and is dried out. Wait for it to cool. It should crumble quite easily.

****Back To Our Tinctures****

  1. Now grind up your decarbed flower to a fine grind.
  2. Place flower into the mason jar.
  3. Measure out 4.5 ounces of EverClear (Or other high proof alcohol). And pour into Mason Jar and seal with cap.
  4. Shake for 1 minute.  Place in a cool dark cupboard for 1 month, shaking for a minute once daily.
  5. After 30 days, strain out via cheesecloth and funnel into eye dropper bottles.
  6. Enjoy! Remember 1ML at a time, until you are comfortable with your dosing.

 

20 Minute – I Want My Tincture NOW Method.

So we will need some supplies.

  • High Proof Alcohol, I recommend EverClear 151->190 proof, you can get your hands on anything in that range.
  • Measuring Cup
  • Marijuana Flower – Depends how much tincture you want to make, but I usually use a quarter (7 grams) and end up with about 4.5 oz of tincture.
  • Cheese cloth (I suppose you could use a coffee filter, but that’s not optimal.)
  • Mason Jar (8oz size is perfect)
  • Pot and Water
  • Thermometer
  • Over Mitts

Now Lets Make Some Tincture!

  1. Decarb your flower, absolutely a must.  Check out our post on decarbing here.  But the gist is this:
    *****Decarbing Instructions****

    1. Preheat your oven to 240° F. / 115° C.
    2. Break up the marijuana by hand and spread evenly in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
    3. Bake for 30-40 minutes, carefully mixing every 10 minutes to ensure the marijuana is evenly toasted.
    4. Remove the marijuana when it has become a light to medium brown and is dried out. Wait for it to cool. It should crumble quite easily.
      *******Back To Our Tinctures*****
  2. Now grind up your decarbed flower to a fine grind.
  3. Place flower into the mason jar.
  4. Measure out 4.5 ounces of EverClear (Or other high proof alcohol). And pour into Mason Jar and seal with cap.
  5. Shake for 1 minute.  Remove cap.
  6. Place mason jar in your pot and fill with enough water to cover about 1/3->1/4 of the jar.
  7. Turn on stove with pot on burner to medium high.
  8. Keep an eye on the temperature of the alcohol and marijuana mixture – we are aiming to hold 170 degrees F.
  9. Let simmer for 20 minutes at 170 F.
  10. After 20 minutes, with your mitts, carefully move the jar and let it cool on the counter.
  11. After it has cooled, strain your mixture with Cheese Cloth.
  12. Enjoy! Remember 1ML at a time, until you are comfortable with your dosing.

 

So, Why Not Choose Just 1 Way To Make Cannabis Tincture?

Sometimes you run out and need to make some quickly.  I am not a fan of the fast method, I do not find it to be a potent.  The fast method still works but it is like drinking a light beer vs a craft beer.  Takes more to get the desired effects, in my opinion.

As I have said before, I enjoy the flavor you get consuming cannabis tinctures, I usually just add it to bottled water.  The fast method doesn’t prove to be as flavorful as well.

If you have the time, I highly recommend doing the 30 day method, allowing the natural extraction process to happen.  Like anything in life, with patience you get the best results and will be rewarded.

Enjoy and be safe my friends

~Chef MJ

I hope you all enjoyed this post on making alcohol based Cannabis Tinctures.  Leave some commentary or questions below.  Soon we will be working on Vegetable Glycerin – another versatile tincture for our cooking needs.

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Marijuana Marinara: For Pizzas, Mozzarella Sticks or Pasta!

Marijuana Marinara: For Pizzas, Mozzarella Sticks or Pasta!

Marijuana Marinara

The key to a good Italian dish is an amazing sauce. What makes an Italian dish good if one doesn’t gloat over the sauce? The classic tomato sauce or a rich and creamy white sauce, be it Alfredo or Béchamel. The sauce is important, it is what elevates the whole dish. You name it; Pizzas, Spaghetti, Meat Balls, Lasagna or simply pasta, all of these need a sauce that stands out in quality. You can improvise your dish and elevate it by just adding a few superior ingredients and perfect a scrumptious sauce every time.

Over the last few years, adding a bit of kick in the kitchen by incorporating some cannabis in the cooking has become trendy. With the advancements in Medicinal Marijuana and Recreational Marijuana, the undeniable benefits exist, it’s time to try a little healing flower in our cooking.

So here is a mouthwatering Marinara Recipe made better with the therapeutic properties of marijuana to jump-start your cooking with a herbal influence.  Lets jump in and make some Marijuana Marinara!  ~Chef MJ

Marijuana Marinara

Prep time: 5mins

Cooking time: 1Hr

Serves: 4 cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup of cannabis-infused olive oil

1 can of whole plum tomatoes

1/2 cup of chicken broth (preferably Italian style)

1/4 cup of loosely packed fresh basil

2 Tbps of tomato paste

1 Tbps of garlic seasoning or garlic salt

4-6 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 onion, diced finely

1 bay leaf

1 Tsp oregano

1 Tsp sugar

Kosher Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Heat a saucepan to medium high and sauté the onions along with the garlic salt, make sure not to burn. Turn down to a simmer.
  2. Add in the cannabis infused olive oil, until the onion softens and turns slightly golden in color. This would take around 6 minutes on simmering flame.
  3. Once the onions are well sautéed throw in the finely chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, stir and simmer for a bit before adding the sugar, bay leaf and oregano. Partially cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer a little longer so that the flavors merge, the sauce reduces and turns deeper in color. This will take a good 20 minutes, so u can set the timer, sit back and relax while it’s simmering.
  5. Remove the lid, stir once and add the fresh basil. Then season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and cook for another 5 minutes.

 

You can serve it immediately or leave it to cool completely before refrigerating it up to a week or it can also be stored in the freezer for almost a month. But I’m sure it will be well used before that, as it is irresistible.

This one pasta sauce recipe can do wonders and be of use in making multiple Italian dishes. You can pour it over pasta, cook the meatballs in it, serve as a dipping for garlic bread, used as a pizza sauce or just to flavor any of your Italian dishes.

Cannabis oil is a miracle worker and can be used in many ways, especially added in the kitchen to heighten the flavor and keep the party going.  Trust me, this Marijuana Marinara can just levitate your party food. Enjoy!