There's nothing better than adding soft, smooth butter to a recipe. The richness increases depth to the flavor and can bring delicious creaminess to a variety of foods. How about adding cannabis to that butter? Even better!
Throughout The Herb Somm guides, we use many recipes incorporating gourmet cannabis butter also known as "CannaButter". From baked goodies to creamy soup, to risotto, to sautéed steak - there are so many ways to use this versatile cooking essential.
Similar to making infused cannabis olive oil, creating a CannaButter at home can be time-consuming but very rewarding. When cooking, remember to keep temperatures low and prepare slow in order for the THC to activate correctly (change into its psychoactive form). Low temperatures also help preserve terpenes which add desirable aromas and can provide many health benefits.
For standardized dosing, the majority of the CannaButter recipes we use for The Herb Somm recipes test at 12% THC. This means a single serving size of 1 teaspoon is equal to 10 milligrams depending on the strain used. Be aware that a specific cannabis variety's THC and CBD levels can vary depending on the grower and where you purchased the flower, so be sure to know your product well before using and be mindful of your metabolism. Here's what you'll need to get started:
Gourmet Cannabis Butter
1 pound of unsalted butter
1 ounce (28.3 grams) cannabis flower, trim or shake
1 cup of water
Cooking Accessories Needed:
1 large pot or Crock-Pot (we highly recommend using a Crock-Pot for slow cooking!)
1 large mixing bowl
Glass bottle or jar with airtight lid to store (can substitute for parchment paper)
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Separate the cannabis with your fingers and place on a baking tray. Decarboxylate in the oven for 30 minutes to activate the THC. Set aside.
2. In a large Crock-Pot, empty butter into the bowl and melt on low heat. Add water and turn the temperature up until the mixture begins to simmer and all of the butter melts.
3. Stir in the decarboxylated cannabis flower, trim or shake. Reduce heat to the lowest setting - do not boil.
4. Cook the mixture for 4 - 5 hours stirring every 60 minutes. Be sure the temperature reaches 150 - 200 degrees Fahrenheit, so you extract the THC via solubilization. Add water if needed.
5. As the butter cooks, line a strainer with the cheesecloth and set over a large mixing bowl. After the cooking hours have gone by, turn off the Crock-Pot heat and let the mixture cool.
6. Pour the mixture into the strainer and collect liquid in the large mixing bowl. Compost the remaining cannabis mix.
7. Seal the bowl containing your new CannaButter with saran wrap or a lid and place into the refrigerator overnight to separate out extra water.
8. The next day, remove water from the bottom of the bowl and scoop remaining CannaButter into an airtight container. You are now ready to start cooking recipes! Your new CannaButter will stay good for up to several weeks if stored in the refrigerator or up to 4 - 5 months if stored in the freezer.
Looking for extra flavor? Try adding fresh chopped garden herbs, honey or fresh fruit to the CannaButter after it has been filtered. Blend in extra ingredients by using a whisk, mixer or food processor. After the mixture has been blended, scoop onto parchment paper to wrap or empty into an airtight container to seal. If you use parchment paper, place into a Ziploc bag and put into the freezer to harden.
Honey CannaButter **warning: can get sticky and messy but totally worth it!**
Stir together 1/2 cup softened CannaButter, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Stir together 1/2 cup softened CannaButter, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
Candied Pecan CannaButter
Stir together 1/2 cup softened CannaButter, 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted pecans, and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
Stir together 1/2 cup softened CannaButter, 4 - 5 garlic cloves minced, 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
Flavored CannaButters are best used as spreads or can be added to a recipe using low heat. They are also great at disguising the strong herbal flavors of cannabis. Remember to always keep flavored butter refrigerated or frozen. We also recommend checking out our Terpene Aroma & Pairing Guide to help select the best bud match for your culinary creation.
To find Herb Somm recipes using CannaButter, click here. Enjoy!
Peace, Love & Cannabis,
The Herb Somm
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The Fine Print:
You assume all risk from the use of our recipes. Neither The Herb Somm nor the authors shall be liable for any injury or damage to be caused, directly or indirectly, by the information provided in this guide. Neither The Herb Somm nor authors are liable for any allergic reaction to any ingredient listed in our recipes - including cannabis. No legal, medical, or other professional relationship exists between The Herb Somm and those reading our guides. Under no circumstance should any recipes or pairings be given to children. Adults 21+ only.