Did you know that analysts predict the edible cannabis market size to exceed $25 billion by 2025? Edibles have quickly become the most popular marijuana product, second only to inhaleables.
Many people find it more fun and cost-effective to use edible recipes at home. Are you interested in learning how to cook marijuana edibles?
The following guide will explain how to bake edibles correctly, all on your own. The best edible recipes start with the basics. Read on to learn how you can easily become a cannabis chef right at home.
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A Little Flower Goes a Long Way
Some people feel like cooking with cannabis is expensive, because it requires a lot of buds. However, a modest 1:1 ratio of ground cannabis flower and oil or butter makes the perfect dosage.
Using one cup of each produces about 7 to 10 grams of cannabis-infused goodness to cook with. Using more than a 1:1 ratio of cannabis has little added effect and wastes money and weed.
Also, don’t be afraid to use trimmings and stems to infuse your oils and butter. Concentrates like this brand will also work for making edibles, but make sure to plan dosages accordingly.
De-carb Your Weed
De-carboxylating weed makes edibles taste better, binds the lipids, and activates the cannabinoids to produce maximum effects.
First, preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly break up your weed by hand until the pieces are about the size of rice grains. The cannabis will burn if it’s too fine during the de-carboxylation process.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, evenly spread your cannabis, and add another layer of foil on top of the weed. Place in the oven for 45 minutes, and the weed should turn a golden brown.
Prepping The Weed
Next, grind the de-carboxylated weed. Consistency is important to the edible-making process. Don’t grind the weed into a fine powder. Use your hand or moderately grind for a coarser consistency.
Your edibles will have a grassy taste if the cannabis is ground too finely. Also, remember not to grind the weed until after it’s been de-carboxylated.
How to Bake Edibles
For cannabutter, boil butter and water (2 cups of water per 1lb of butter) in a medium saucepan. Next, add your ground and de-carboxylated weed to the mix and let simmer for 5 hours. Make sure to stir the cannabutter hourly.
For infused oils, add any amount and type of cooking oil to a saucepan and heat it on low heat. Add your desired amount of cannabis one spoonful at a time, and let the mix simmer for 45 minutes.
Let the cannabis oil mix cool, and then strain it through a cheesecloth into a bowl. Tightly seal your infused mixture and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use it.
You can turn just about any recipe into a cannabis edible once you’ve made cannabutter or an infused oil. Just follow any regular recipe instructions and use your marijuana butter and oils in place of traditional butter and oils.
Get to Baking
Now you know how to bake edibles the right way. It’s possible to add de-carboxylated weed straight to recipes, but making it into oils and butter makes a much better edible. Have fun, get creative, and get to baking!
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