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Nov 17, 2021

Your Guide To An Infused Friendsgiving

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Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving are ranked highly on many people's favorite holidays list, and for good reason. Between quality time with loved ones, and the promise of mouthwatering food, it’s a hard holiday to beat. That being said, even great things can be kicked up to a higher level, and we’ve got just the thing to do that. 

Now, when you think of “edibles”, your mind probably goes to the more basic options (gummy-like candy or the “special” brownies your roommate always made in college), but those are only scratching the surface of the edible universe. Fact of the matter is that, no matter your dietary limitations or restrictions, there are ways to infuse almost any recipe with your favorite cannabis strains. 

Don’t believe us? Keep reading. We’re going to show you how to build the foundation of an infused meal, so you can transform traditional recipes— for Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving and beyond— to create a culinary masterpiece for the books. 

Decarboxylating

Before you start making your cannabutter or cannaoil, it’s important to first “decarb” your cannabis. No, that doesn’t mean making it keto-friendly. Decarboxylating can help ensure that your butter or oil is both potent and good-tasting. Essentially, this process converts a non-intoxicating cannabinoid in your buds (called THCA) into THC using heat. This is the same thing that happens when you smoke/vape cannabis— add heat, get THC. Even if you’re looking to make CBD-infused products, decarbing your cannabis is an important step, so don’t skip it!

The easiest and most effective way to decarb your cannabis at home is by baking it. Begin with preheating your oven to 245ºF. While your oven is heating, coat a baking tray with parchment paper (to prevent sticking). Arrange your cannabis buds on the parchment paper and pop the tray into your preheated oven for 30-40 minutes. Every 10 minutes, carefully remove the tray and gently shake it to mix your buds and guarantee even heat exposure. 

Once your 30-40 minutes have passed, remove from the oven and set the tray aside to cool. You now have decarboxylated cannabis and are ready for the next step!

Determining the Potency

One of the detriments to cooking with cannabis is determining the strength/potency of the recipes you're making. Remember, not all cannabis strains are created equally, so having a firm grasp on the potency and effects of each strain beforehand is paramount. It also helps to know your audience and their tolerance prior to making your recipe. If you are new to cooking with cannabis, we’d advise testing your infused butter or oil prior to making your desired recipes. Depending on your guests’ tolerance levels, you may want to scale up or down on your infused ingredients depending on their potency. 

Think you have this step down? Yes? Time to move on to the recipes!

The Recipes

Now that you’ve decarboxylated and know the precautions you need to take to determine the potency, it’s time to dive into the recipes themselves. Most recipes call for a kind of fat to serve as the foundation, both in baking and other forms of cooking. This fat serves as the foundation of the product, binding the other ingredients together and lending flavor. For most recipes, this is butter, but there are many vegan and lactose-free recipe options available that call for oil-fat instead. 

Below, you’ll find a traditional infused butter recipe as well as a basic infused oil option (for our vegan or lactose intolerant friends). This will give you options depending on who you’re planning to serve your goodies to. 

Infused Butter

Recipe by Leafly

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Cup of butter, 
  • 1 Cup (7 to 10 grams) of ground cannabis decarboxylated, 
  • 1 Cup of water

Steps:

  1. Grind your decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand-grinder.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a stock pot or saucepan. Simmer on low and let the butter melt. Adding water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
  3. As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis product and simmer. Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil.
  4. Remove pot from heat. Set a funnel on top of a jar and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled off, pour it over the cheesecloth funnel and allow it to strain freely. (Tip: Squeezing the cheesecloth may push more bad-tasting plant material through)
  5. Refrigerate/chill your butter. If excess water forms at the bottom of the jar, you can remove the solid butter with a knife and drain the water out. (Note: The butter will need to refrigerate for about an hour before removing the water.)

Infused Oil

Recipe by Leafly

Ingredients: 

  • 1 Cup of oil of your choice, 
  • 1 Cup (7 to 10 grams) of ground cannabis decarboxylated,

Steps:

  1. Grind your decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand-grinder.
  2. Combine oil and cannabis in your double-boiler, slow cooker, or saucepan, and heat on low or warm for a few hours. This allows for decarboxylation (activation of THC) without scorching (which destroys the active ingredients). In all cases, a small amount of water can be added to the mixture to help avoid burning, and the temperature of the oil should never exceed 245°F. 
  1. Cooking can be done a variety of ways:
  1. Crock pot method: Heat oil and cannabis in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
  2. Double-boiler method: Heat oil and cannabis in a double-boiler on low for at least 6 hours (8 is better), stirring occasionally.
  3. Saucepan method: Heat oil and cannabis in a simple saucepan on low for at least 3 hours, stirring frequently (a saucepan is most susceptible to scorching).
  1. Strain and store the oil. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth; this will simply add more chlorophyll to your oil. All remaining plant material can be discarded or used in other dishes if desired. The oil’s shelf life is at least two months, and can be extended with refrigeration.

Note: Be cautious when using the oil to prepare dishes that require heating. Do not microwave and choose low heat whenever possible.

Now that you have your infused bases done, you’re ready to get cooking! Here’s a list of some of our favorite, festive infused recipes that you can use your oil or butter with. As always, if you’re planning on celebrating Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving with cannabis, please do so safely and responsibly. 

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