The Importance of Being Basic Here’s where to begin if you are pursuing cooking with cannabis in the kitchen

No matter how you like your food cooked—whether it’s baked, fried, sautéed, grilled or simmered—the addition of butter or oil to a dish has a way of turning an otherwise bland and dry meal into a rich and pleasurable experience. This month for CULTURE’s annual Edibles Issue, we’re paying homage to the basics of cannabis cooking by providing two very simple and easy-to-remember cannabis infused recipes. After all, just about every recipe you can whip up, whether it’s homemade lasagna or chocolate chip cookies, calls for one of these fundamental ingredients. Once you master the basics of crafting traditional cannabis-infused butter and oil, you’ll find that every dish can be elevated to another level!

For the sake of dosage and consistency, be sure to use lab-tested, quality cannabis in order to know how many milligrams of THC your butter and oil contain. From there, you can divide the total milligrams of THC by how many servings you are making—and you’re on your way to mindful cannabis infusion.

 

Cannabis-Infused Butter

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter

1 ounce decarboxylated* and dried cannabis flower, ground

4 cups water

 

Instructions:

  1. Bring water and butter to boil in a small pot; lower heat to simmer. Simmer gently for about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Mash and stir frequently to extract all THC from the plant material. After cooking, use cheesecloth to strain the butter/water mixture.
  3. Pour about two cups clean boiling water over the leaves in the strainer to extract every last drop of butter. Squeeze plant material well to remove as much liquid as possible.
  4. Chill the butter/water mixture in the refrigerator until the butter has solidified (one to two hours). Separate butter from water and keep butter in the refrigerator (or freezer for longer storage) until needed.

 

Cannabis-Infused Olive Oil

Ingredients:

1 cup cooking oil

1 1/4 ounce decarboxylated* and dried cannabis flower, ground

 

Instructions:

  1. Place cannabis in a slow cooker and add oil. If necessary, add a little extra oil in order to at least cover the cannabis.
  2. Cook on low for six to eight hours, stirring often. Strain through cheesecloth to remove plant material. For further purity, strain through a coffee filter.

 

*Decarboxylating the Cannabis

Before you get started, you need to decarboxylate your cannabis. This will ensure the THCA is converted into THC, which will make your edibles more potent. Decarboxylation happens in three easy steps.

 

  1. Set your oven to 220 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place ground or broken up cannabis on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake the cannabis for about 25 minutes, until all moisture is gone.
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