Cannabis in the Kitchen
Wednesday 15 April
Cannabis in the kitchen? Yes, you are reading that correctly! In recent years, cannabis has gained enormous ground worldwide. For years, the Netherlands was an exclusive location where tourists could legally buy and try out cannabis. Nowadays cannabis is legalized or tolerated in more and more places in the world, although this development is still relatively slow.
Today we highlight an aspect that is less known: cannabis in the kitchen! Cannabis is not just for smoking. Think for example of the ancient Indian herbal drink “bhang”, of which cannabis is an indispensable ingredient. Fun fact: cooking with cannabis doesn’t have to be about getting high at all. The cannabis plant is full of interesting flavors and textures, so you can use it just like you would use parsil or basil in your recipes, for example. As long as you don’t use the flower buds, cannabis cuisine can be purely a matter of taste! You can read all that and more in our most current article about cannabis in the kitchen!
Cannabis in the Kitchen: Ordinary Kitchen
Hemp seed is now available at every supermarket. CBD oil has made an impressive rise in recent years as a dietary supplement. Space cake from Amsterdam coffee shops is world famous. The cannabis plant is best known for smoking its flowers, but it also appears to be a versatile food source.
There are now countless recipes with cannabis on the market. These vary from very simple dishes, such as a salad, to dishes that have a chance to collect a Michelin star. There are even websites about cannabis in the kitchen filled with interesting information! So whether you can barely cook an egg or you are a world-famous chef, cannabis can be used to make something beautiful in the kitchen. We’ll list two simple dishes for you!
A salad with cannabis, it couldn’t be simpler. You will need the following ingredients:
Cannabis leaves (fresh)
Leafy vegetables, such as lettuce and spinach, are freshly cut
Garlic, 1 clove
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Chop the cannabis and basil leaves together and put them in a bowl. Add the sliced spring onions, mushrooms, cucumber, tomatoes, and leafy vegetables. Set this bowl aside and make the dressing.
Make the Dressing
Peel and chop the garlic and olives with your knife and put them in an empty bowl. Add vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil to this mixture. Season with chili, pepper and salt. Stir the dressing well before pouring over the salad. Finally, stir the dressing slowly and completely through the salad.
You can add all your favorite ingredients and change the salad as much as you like. You can try nuts, legumes, fruits and other healthy foods for different flavors and textures.
Cannabis Granola Bars
A delicious healthy granola bar is an essential part of any balanced diet. With a little help from Herbal Oasis you can make the most delicious granola bars at home! You will need the following ingredients:
Cannabis-infused coconut oil or butter, 125 ml of oil or 120 grams of butter
Oatmeal, 270 grams
Chopped nuts, 150 grams
Fruit or berries
Table salt, 1 teaspoon
Brown flaxseed meal, 65 grams
Cinnamon powder, 1 ½ teaspoon
Maple syrup or honey, 170 grams
Salt to taste
Optional flavors, such as vanilla, strawberry or pineapple
Preheat the oven to 160° Celsius (300° Fahrenheit) . Use parchment paper to cover the baking sheet.
Combine all dry ingredients with your hands, except the salt. Mix the cinnamon, nuts, oatmeal, and flax seed meal. Ground flax seed helps absorb the marijuana-infused oil or butter.
Melt the cannabis-infused butter or coconut oil into liquid form. Pour into a separate bowl and add maple syrup or honey, other flavors you want to use, and salt. Mix the mixture well.
Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and combine well.
Spread the mixed mixture evenly on the baking tray. Do not press it.
Bake for a little less than 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Before it cools down, add dry or fresh fruits, such as raisins or berries, and mix well.
If it is cool enough to touch, it should still be flexible enough to shape to your liking. Once properly cooled, it will harden into a tasty breakfast or snack. Enjoy your meal!
Cannabis in Kitchen: ‘Haute Cuisine’
Time to leave the domestic kitchen behind and look at the grand masters in the kitchen who really understand food! We put two masters in the industry in our article: Andrea Drummer and Scott Durrah.
When you think of cooking with cannabis, you really cannot ignore Andrea Drummer. Chef Drummer is a Los Angeles chef who has been a leader in marijuana-infused dishes for years. After establishing herself as a premier chef in LA, she was introduced to cannabis butter. Drummer claims that the infusion of weed into her recipes has made her a better, more precise chef. She is known for using different types in different dishes, but she uses Blue Dream in more than a few of her recipes.
Scott Durrah has been a legend in the cannabis scene for quite some time now. Together with his wife, he opened the first “black” pharmacy in the country. Since then, he has been a leader in developing a healthy, consistent, and safe cannabis kitchen.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
If you’ve ever dabbled in the culinary arts beyond a night eating out or a cup of instant noodles, then you understand the joy and satisfaction.
Making yourself a delicious meal is every bit as rewarding as the Food Channel would have you believe. But if you also happen to be somewhat of a weed aficionado, then we’ve got some exciting weed edibles for you to try today!
We’re not just talking brownies either (but, hey, they might make an appearance anyway). Let’s explore some of the best cuisines your bud has ever met.
Why Cannabis Edibles?
Before we start looking at how to make edibles, let’s talk for a bit about why you might want to consider them in the first place.
You may have tried it all – blunts, oils, vape pens, etc. – but there’s just something a little special about edibles. In particular, weed edibles make for a longer lasting and more relaxing experience.
When you eat a pot edible, it takes longer to absorb, but when it does, it hits differently than other forms. Most notably, by eating cannabis-infused meals, it means it will pass through your liver.
Smoking or vaping marijuana goes straight to the brain, which is why the high happens so fast (relatively speaking). But eating an edible forces your liver to metabolize delta-9 THC into 11-hydroxy-THC, which hits quicker and harder.
So, while it may take a tad bit longer, the experience of an edible will be deeper and more relaxing than others.
To top it off, it’s never a bad thing to cook for yourself! Cooking is psychologically healthy and economically sound.
The Importance of Decarboxylation
We’ll make this quick, but there’s one more note to make before we get to the edible recipes.
For almost all weed edibles, you need to decarboxylate your bud. Basically, this means you need to cook it at about 215 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Long story short: it will make your weed more potent in an edible. Otherwise, consuming weed in this way won’t have very much of an effect at all.
Tasty Edible Recipes
For anyone that likes to indulge in some flower, you know it can make so many things, such as music, extra enticing. It also happens to give us a case of the munchies, especially if you’re a late-night partaker.
We’re willing to bet you’re no stranger to the midnight snack.
If you’ve been wondering how to make weed edibles, then we got some top recipes to try out here.
This is a great one to start out with because it can be the building block for almost anything. Unless you’re vegan, butter is in more foods than you probably know.
Here’s how to make it:
Melt butter in a saucepan (add a little water to keep from burning)
Add your ground, decarboxylated weed and simmer for 2-3 hours
Strain the butter into a jar (for example, you can use a funnel with cheesecloth to catch the ground-up weed)
Refrigerate jar of cannabutter!
You now have a perfect ingredient for many edible recipes!
2. Weed Bacon
The bacon craze may have calmed down a bit in recent years, but it’s doubtful the salty treat will ever be completely out of style.
To make your own weed bacon, simply sprinkle ground, decarboxylated flower on one side of each bacon slice. Bake at 275 degrees Fahrenheit and flip after about 10 minutes.
Sprinkle the second side and repeat for another 10 minutes.
Fun fact: You’ve now got cannabis-infused bacon grease leftover to use in other dishes!
Cannaoil can be another foundation of many different recipes. Here’s how to make that:
Combine an ounce of ground, decarboxylated bud to 2 cups of oil (coconut, vegetable, etc.)
Heat for at least six hours or more without boiling
Use some water to keep from burning
Strain the oil from the ground-up bud
This weed-infused oil could be the perfect combination for an oil-based salad dressing.
4. Bud Brownies
You knew it would end up here. It’s a classic for a reason.
Let’s take your newfound experience with cannaoil (see #3) to make some bud brownies. Simply use eggs, water, and your cannaoil and mix in with your favorite brownie mix.
Line it up on a cookie sheet and bake at 330 degrees Fahrenheit for about half an hour.
5. Marijuana Ice Cream
Sometimes, baked goods just don’t do the trick, and you need a cold and refreshing treat.
Weed ice cream is surprisingly easy to make and you can dress it up however you like. To make this, do the following:
Melt about 16 ounces of heavy cream in a saucepan at about medium temperature
Melt your cannabutter (see #1) and add sugar
Mix together and add whatever you want (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.)
If you make enough, you might have a freezing sweet treat for multiple nights to come.
6. Cannabis Tea
There’s nothing quite like a warm cup of cannabis tea to start your day off right. This one is pretty simple and easy, so you should have no trouble getting this one off the ground.
Brew up your favorite tea – whatever it may be – add about a teaspoon of your cannabutter (see #1) and sweeten with milk, honey, and/or sugar.
7. Weed Milk
Heat your milk in a saucepan over medium-to-low heat. Add ground, decarboxylated weed and heat for about 45 minutes.
Remove the concoction from the stove and let sit for about 10 minutes. Strain the milk from the ground-up weed (again, you can use something like a strainer or a sieve with a cheesecloth).
Refrigerate your weed milk, and you now have a prime weed edible to add to your breakfast cereal!
Enjoying Your Cannabis Journey Through Edibles
People say that weed tends to make everything better: music, games, certain late-night extracurricular activities, and yes, even food.
It’s time to take that pairing one step further and make your own weed edibles to enjoy day in and day out. There are a few options, such as cannaoil and cannabutter, which make just about any meal a weed-infused delight.