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Culinary Creativity: Using Cannabis Concentrates in Recipes

Jan 17

There are several methods to take cannabis, but edibles are among the most popular. What happens, however, if you are unable to find any flowers to utilize in your cooking? Can food be made using cannabis concentrates? You most definitely can! In this blog article, the various methods for making edibles using concentrates will be discussed, along with some of its benefits and drawbacks. Let's go on. 

Decarb Your Cannabis Concentrates

Knowing what you're dealing with is important since some cannabis concentrates don't need decarbing before cooking, while others must.

Since distillates are energetic, flavorless, and odorless, cannabis chefs employ them. The disadvantage of full-spectrum extracts is the lack of entourage effects. Cannabis concentrates sold at dispensaries usually include THCA, but they must first be decarbed, which is commonly done using a flame, e-nail, or vape pen. The THCA in hash and kief also has to be decarboxylated in order to become THC.

You will need the following equipment and supplies to decarb your wax, budder, sugar, hash, keef, or other extracts: a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and an oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Spread the plant material or extract on the parchment paper. For around 20 minutes, bake. (During baking, dry plant material should be transferred halfway using a spatula.)
  • To liberate the concentrate from the old cartridge, place it in the freezer. As a consequence, it won't come out of the container as sticky oil but rather as a clump.
  • When extracts reach the ideal temperature, they begin to bubble. Be cautious of them

Decarbing a full-spectrum oil, such FECO or RSO, may be done on the stovetop using a slightly different process. A cooking pot, a glass container that fits inside of it, and cooking oil are necessities.

  • Put some cooking oil in the saucepan to make your glass container float.
  • The smaller container should first contain the cannabis oil, which should then be floated over the frying oil.
  • Steadily raise the heat in the pot as the cannabis oil starts to boil.
  • By utilizing a thermometer, you may stop your material from becoming overcooked. When the extract reaches the 200-degree (Fahrenheit) sweet spot, turn off the heat and allow it cool to room temperature.
  • To make the texture softer and simpler to handle, you may also gradually add frying oil to the mixture

Cannabis Oil vs. Cannabis Butter

Depending on the dish you are creating, you may choose to use either cannabis butter or cannabis oil. Cooking without cannabis is similar in that certain recipes need certain components to be more effective.

Cannabis butter is made by infusing cannabutter into milk or cream and then heating the mixture until the water has evaporated. Cannabutter may be made using either cannabis flower or concentrate.

On the other hand, cannabis oil is made by combining cannabis concentrate with carrier oils like olive oil. In order to enable the cannabinoids to penetrate the oil, the mixture is then cooked for a while (typically for an hour).

Cooking with Concentrates vs Cooking with Cannabis Flowers

Cooking with concentrates is much easier than cooking with flower since the crucial process of extracting the concentrated cannabis oils has already been finished for you.

Because cannabis concentrates are so much stronger than flower, you need far less of them to have the same effects. Another crucial difference is this one. For instance, if a recipe called for one ounce of flower, you would only need to use one-eighth of an ounce of concentrate.

As usual, start with a little amount of concentrate and increase it gradually until you discover the correct dose for you.

If you want to know more about cooking with cannabis concentrates, be sure to read this post on Bud Depot Dispensary: