Cannabis recipes are a food-friendly ingredients that is rich with flavor. Over 100 various terpenes have been known so far, giving each strain its unique properties. By patting into this broad spectrum of aromas and flavors, it’s no wonder why chefs from across the country are designing custom menus that highlight herbal products in their trademark dishes. For these chefs, cannabis is viewed to be a primary cooking ingredient.

This trend is extending to grow amongst at-home cooking fans who’ve discovered cannabis’s ability to enhance the diversity of recipes. Whether planning an infused dinner at home or summer BBQ with friends, foodies are exploring in the kitchen and creating pleasurable results.

If you are new to cannabis cooking and with herbal products it might seem cowing at first, but it’s much easier than you’d think. We’ve developed some simple steps that will help you include cannabis into your cooking.

Pick a Series of Cannabis Recipes

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The first step to including cannabis in your cooking is to choose the right recipe. Finding a series of recipes that include olive oil, butter or coconut oil. Cannabinoids are drawn to fats and oils which allows the THC and other compounds to become active. Since most recipes include these ingredients, your options are endless!

Some easy recipe ideas include salads with an infused salad dressing, gravies such as pesto and chimichurri, pancakes, waffles, buttered toast, cornbread, smoothies, twice baked potato, etc.

Choose the Perfect Cannabis Strain

With the recipe in hand, you now know what flavors to look for when seeking for the ideal cannabis strain to elevate your meal. You’ll want to identify the most prominent flavor in the dish and match that property to the strain’s terpene profile.

Some of the most commonly found terpenes to pair with include citrus, mixed herbs, tropical notes, cloves and cooking spices. Also, pine nuts, jasmine, ginger, violets, and lavender are a good choice. Pick a cannabis strain that has a good terpene profile, and that can pair well with many different types of recipes.

Some of the most commonly found terpenes to pair with include citrus, mixed herbs, tropical notes, cloves and cooking spices. Also, pine nuts, jasmine, ginger, violets, and lavender are a good choice. Pick a cannabis strain that has a good terpene profile, and that can pair well with many different types of recipes.

If you buy through a dispensary, go with your budtender to view some samples and be sure to ask what trim or shake they have for sale. An essential thing to remember is to be aware of costs. Trim or shake normally costs far less than full flower buds. Buying the flower already split up will also save you time in the kitchen when creating the infusion.

Also, remember to choose a strain based on the purpose of your meal. If you are looking to feel excited and entertain guests, pick a Sativa. If you are looking to relax, unwind or fall asleep, choose an Indica.

Create the Cannabis Infusion

Now for the amusing part! Making the infusion. You will first need to buy a quality product to infuse. Don’t choose the cheapest butter or olive oil that you can find at the store. The better the product, the better the infusion.

Butter should be creamy, soft and delicious – your infusion will have these same properties. For olive oil infusion rich Greek olive is the best oil (cold-pressed to ensure the best quality). Greek olive oils have less grassy and herbaceous notes over Italian olive oil which do not combine as well with cannabis.

When you are ready to make the infusion, be sure to decarboxylate your cannabis. Decarboxylation is the chemical reaction that frees the carboxylic acids from THC to stimulate the weed. This is achieved by flashing dry cannabis to heat around 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 – 60 minutes. Remember to keep warmth low to prevent burning off good terpene flavors.

After this measure, infuse the oil or butter. Try to produce a big batch so you can use it over your series of recipes. Remember it takes 4 – 6 hours to infuse olive oil and 24 hours for a Cannabis Butter to cool and firm, so be sure to plan.

Choose The Meal Time

Once the infusion has been made, it’s time to think out what time you’ll be serving the meal. Think back to your aim. Are you cooking a random dinner at home? Are you treating brunch? It usually takes 1.5 – 2 hours to feel the effects of an infused meal, so make sure you carve out enough time to be able to cook, eat, and digest, notably if you are enjoying many courses.

You might also need to think of making an infused snack or cocktail while you are cooking to savor the full effects during your main meal. Micro-dosing each course (consuming 1 – 5 milligrams of THC or CBD) is a great way to pace yourself. This practice is vital each time you sample a new product, and this will help you decide your limits. Every infusion is different, so be sure to learn the golden rule of edibles – go low, start slow.

It’s Time to Cook The Cannabis Recipes

Now that you’ve chosen the recipe, made the infusion, and managed the mealtime, it’s time to begin cooking. Treat the infusion as an element and make sure you have the proper cooking accessories on hand for any of the cooking process accurate measures.

Some useful kitchen tools include measuring spoons, measuring jars, salad dressing mixer, large mixing bowl, Tupperware for leftovers, etc. , one teaspoon of CannaOil or Cannabis Butter equals one serving of 5 – 10 milligrams depending on the potency of the strain. If you are a newbie, take half of that serving size.

Eat and Enjoy

Success! You’ve cooked an infused meal. You can now take in your tasty infusion. Kick back and relax in a relaxed setting. Laugh, taste, enjoy and remember do not drive until effects ware off.

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