As fall remains in full swing, holiday anticipation is building up. And if you’re the one in charge of the cooking, holiday stress may also be on the menu. Considering CBD is used to de-stress and provide a sense of calm for many, it may be worth adding it to your holiday cooking plans. Not only is cooking with CBD butter or CBD coconut oil easy and versatile, but it can be a blast to experiment with, too.
To cook with CBD, you’ll need a CBD-infused base, such as coconut oil or butter. We’ll show you how to make this. And if you don’t want to go through the process of making it yourself, we’ll show you an easy quick fix that works great.
How to make CBD butter or CBD coconut oil
You will need a couple of hours to do this. If you want to make a CBD-infused meal right now and don’t want to wait until you’ve prepped CBD coconut oil or butter, you can skip ahead to our quick-fix section below. But if you’re interested in making a base you can use all week, read on.
Here’s what you need:
¼ oz of CBD flower (add more or less to your desired potency)
1 cup of coconut oil or butter
Large mason jar with sealable lid
Fine strainer or cheesecloth
Directions to make CBD butter or CBD coconut oil
The first step to making your butter or coconut oil is to decarboxylate the CBD flower. This process converts the inactive CBDa compound into the active form of CBD. Some people smoke CBD to activate it, but you can also do so by carefully heating it in the oven.
Step 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to prevent any burning. Now, break your CBD flower into small, even chunks with your fingers. You can also use a mortar and pestle to break it apart, just don’t make the chunks too tiny.
Spread the chunks of CBD flower across the parchment paper evenly and place it in the oven.
Depending on your oven’s strength, allow baking for between 25 and 35 minutes. Check on the flower after 25 minutes to see if it has begun to brown but not burn. If it is starting to burn, take it out. If it doesn’t look like it’s browning, leave in the oven until it starts to brown.
Step 2. Add butter or coconut oil to the mason jar
Fill your mason jar with a cup of butter or coconut oil. Seal the jar and set aside.
Step 3. Bring water to a medium/high simmer in the saucepan
Get a nice simmer going, but don’t ever bring the water to a rapid boil. You want to find a sweet spot between medium and high temperatures.
Step 4. Add the decarboxylated CBD flower to the jar
When your CBD flower is done in the oven, you can immediately add it to the jar with coconut oil or butter. Seal the jar tightly and carefully add to the simmering water.
Step 5. Simmer for three hours
The mason jar will protect the contents from scorching, but the water is sure to evaporate over this time period. It’s important that you stay nearby to replenish the water bath as often as necessary while maintaining a high temperature.
Step 6. Strain and store
Once at least three hours have passed, you are ready for the final step.
Remove the jar from the saucepan and prepare another airtight container to keep your butter or oil in. Open the jar with the contents and strain the butter or oil through a cheesecloth or fine strainer.
Once you’ve separated all of the buds from the oil, you can store your CBD butter or CBD coconut oil in an airtight container.
Store in the refrigerator and eat within the first month of storage.
Quick-fix: CBD tincture
Don’t want to make your own CBD butter or CBD coconut oil? There’s an easy fix. Just stir your desired dose of CBD tincture into any meal (as you see fit) near the end of the cooking process.
We recommend stirring tincture into soups, chilis, sauces, dressings, or anything that will work well with oils.
Cooking with CBD tips
CBD loves fats, so we always recommend cooking with CBD for recipes that include a lot of them.
While CBD butter and CBD coconut oil are great bases for recipes, they should never be used to fry food. The ingredients would get too hot and burn off the potency of the oil.
Instead, we recommend stirring oil or butter in mid-process. For example, if you’re making fried chicken, we would recommend coating the cooked meat with oil or butter or even adding it to the sauce you will be using.
Ready to try cooking with CBD for yourself? THS Farm has CBD flower and tinctures to get you started!
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