Cannabis, like most other herbs, is actually full of nutrition and flavor. If you cook properly with it, you can not only have a lot of fun but you can also bring exciting new tastes to your favorite recipes.
Although most people tend to think of cannabis edibles as being mainly brownies, cookies and muffins, there’s actually a world of culinary opportunity out there. You can prepare an enormous range of infused delicacies and meals if you know where to begin.
Making An Infused Butter Or Oil
The first step is to infuse marijuana into butter or oil. Cannabinoids are fat-soluble so they dissolve in butters and oils. This is the reason why the majority of infused foods use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil or butter. Once you’ve decarboxylated your cannabis flower, you can make your infusion with a crockpot, French press or a designated infusion machine. The key to successful infused oils and butters is to avoid overgrinding your decarboxylated cannabis as the result will be a green unattractive color as well as an intense herbal flavor which will ruin your recipes. Alternatively, you can simply use a high quality cannabis tincture which is an easier and just as effective solution.
Using Your Infused Butter Or Oil
There are so many ways that you can incorporate infused oil or butter in your everyday meals. You could even use them in every single course, from appetizer to dessert if you wanted. The opportunities for creativity are really liberating for anyone who loves nothing more than rustling up treats in the kitchen. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
An Exciting Appetizer
Bacon wrapped shrimp is a perfect appetizer for any occasion – especially so when you use infused oil! Simply fry some bacon while you brush the shrimp with some infused olive oil. Add some lemon and salt then put a small piece of goat’s cheese onto the shrimp before wrapping it with bacon. Pop in the oven until the bacon is cooked and the shrimp has turned pink.
Everyday Spaghetti Sauce
Is there anything more convenient for an everyday dinner than good old spaghetti and sauce? Liven up your evening meal with this infused tomato sauce. Mix tomato paste, onions, red bell peppers, water, garlic, thyme and some salt and pepper in a saucepan together with two tablespoons of infused olive oil and half a cup of infused butter. Simmer for two hours, stirring frequently then serve over your favorite pasta for an impressive meal for you and your friends.
Adding The Basics
There’s no need to cook something spectacular to include cannabis in your meals. Why not simply spread some canna-butter on your toast, or add a splash of infused oil to your stir fry? Cannabis infused honey is another great way to add a little extra kick to your morning oatmeal or a bowl of plain Greek yogurt. There are so many ways to add cannabis into your everyday meals that once you realize the possibilities, you’ll be tempted to have it at all times of day!