Cannabis butter is one of the bases of the world of green cooking and is used mainly for making brownies, soups, sauces and pastries. There are several main methods for making cannabis butter, and now we will learn the two main ones, which are based on slow cooking in boiling water. This is how cannabis butter is prepared in 8 simple steps:
Preparation time: 1-2 hours
Cannabis required: 28 g (200 g butter)
Cannabis butter is one of the most basic products in the world of green cooking. It is the basis for a very wide variety of dishes, including pastries, sauces, soups, shakes and even a relatively large variety of slow-cooked dishes, and some define it as the most useful cannabis extract.
The process of preparing the green butter is short and very simple, and does not require the use of expensive kitchen equipment. It is the simplest fatty base for home preparation, and of course the most suitable for the beginner cooker. There are several methods for preparing the butter, but we will now study the two main ones, based on slow cooking on water vapor.
If this is your first time cooking with Cannabis, we recommend that you review the Green Cooking Basics post to avoid errors that may interfere with the preparation process and damage the quality of the final product.
Here’s a simple and easy recipe for making cannabis butter (boiling over water vapor) in 8 steps:
– 200 grams of butter (large package)
– 28 grams of Cannabis flowers – preferably whole flowers over a broken blossom
– One teaspoon of olive oil
Equipment required in the kitchen:
– 2 small heat resistant bowls – made of glass or porcelain
– Large pot
– Gas stove or electric stove
– 2 layers of filter cloth (“diaper” cloth)
– Rubber band
1. Grind the cannabis flowers with a grinder, sharp scissors or any type of food processor until you reach a rough powder. Note that it is best to avoid using electrical tools and perform the cutting work slowly and gently.
2. Place the pot on the fire and pour water at a depth of 15 cm.
3. Now, there are two methods to continue the process – the mixing method and the “Bath Mary” method (known as “Ben-Marie”, from French Bain-marie):
Method 1 – Mix water and butter in a common pot – two and a half hours
When the water cames to a full boil, add the butter and oil, and let them mix in the water until the butter is completely melted. Do not worry about mixing and remember that oil and water do not mix, so after the process is finished it will be very simple to separate the butter.
This method is considered the “official” method for preparing butter, which is used to prepare edible products that are examined in various laboratory tests.
Method 2 – “Ben-Marie” – an hour
When the water reached a full boil, put the bowl in the pot so that it floated on the surface of the water, and put the butter and oil in it.
Very important: the mixture in the pot should be cooked on low heat so that a stable process of dicarbocylase (activation of the cannabinoids that gives a psychoactive effect to the finished product) will not affect cannabinoids and cause their evaporation. In a simple calculation, less heat means longer cooking time, so you should be patient. Let the mixture simmer for at least an hour, and never let it boil! Mix every 15 minutes for optimal results.
If you’ve already been patient, keep a little of it before judging your success. At the beginning of cooking the mixture will look very aqueous and has a strange color, since the cannabis is still not absorbed properly. As the process progresses the butter will slowly begin to change its color and turn dark and thick, to a thick cream-like texture.
In fact, the method you choose will not really change the quality of the final product, so due to reasonable savings in time, most people choose the Ben-Marie method. However, there are many consumers who advocate the mixing method and claim that only two hours of cooking and more produce optimal results in terms of final impact. Hence the continuation will be the same in both methods.
4. When the butter melts completely and no lumps remain, lower the flame almost to the end and add the crushed cannabis into the pot.
5. Near the end of the cooking, it is recommended to prepare the bowl in advance. Stretch the filter cloth over the bowl to cover it all, and tighten the edges with a rubber band so that it does not move accidentally during the filter. It is recommended to leave the fabric slightly loose so that it contains more residue and avoids unnecessary dirt during filtering.
The same filtering procedure can also be done using a manual tool, such as a slotted perforation spoon. It is not necessary to choose the filtering cloth, but it is recommended to rely on the wisdom of the masses and choose the filter cloth as the easier way.
6. The cooking process will end when the batter has reached a thick texture and has a slightly greenish and shiny finish. Carefully pour the contents of the pot into the bowl through the filter cloth, and at the end squeeze the contents of the cloth from all the liquids. The remnants of a bloated inflorescence that will enter the butter will not really destroy it, but it is highly recommended to keep the final product as clean as possible.
7. After you’ve filtered all the butter into the bowl, let it cool for two hours. This step is critical to help cannabinoids maintain their structural integrity and not be hit by extreme temperature changes, such as when boiling butter is inserted directly into the refrigerator.
8. The cooling process of the butter will end when it becomes a solid mass that will clearly separate from the remaining water layer, which will remain at the bottom of the bowl. Use the knife to separate the butter from the dish, remove it completely and place it on a plate. Turn over the butter and scrape off the remaining water, then transfer it to a sealed box where it will be kept in the refrigerator.
Tip for conclusion: It is recommended not to remove the butter block from the refrigerator but to cut off small pieces of it every time.