Three easy ways to infuse your favorite cooking methods with a little Cannabis!
You may be stuck at home or you may be at work, but I know you are being careful and keeping your distance. It’s hard, sometimes sad and sometimes scary – often both. This month, instead of celebrating berries and asparagus, I am offering three basic recipes that you can make and keep in the fridge or pantry, and infuse at will. I always have these three items ready to go.
The syrup can be added to smoothies, ice pops, granitas, and other tasty spring treats,
3 cups filtered water
3 cups fine granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
½ ounce finely chopped and decarboxylated Cannabis
1. In a large saucepot bring water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
2. Add the Cannabis, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes.
3. Reduce the heat to low, whisk in the glycerin, and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
5. Place the cheesecloth or fine strainer above a heatproof bowl and carefully pour the syrup into the bowl.
6. Strain the Cannabis from the syrup and pour into a container.
7. Once you allow the syrup to cool at room temperature, cover and store in the fridge for up to three months.
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin
½ ounce finely chopped, decarboxylated Cannabis
1. In a double boiler or a medium bowl on top of a saucepan with water, heat the cream.
2. Add the Cannabis and glycerin, whisk like crazy, and gently simmer for one hour.
3. Carefully pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth.
4. Allow to cool at room temperature for 20 minutes before covering and refrigerating. Keeps for about a week in the fridge, depending on the state of your heavy cream.
Not a method I use often, canna-flour involves baking with the actual plant. This means more of that Cannabis flavor than you would get from the other infusions. But, it also means less steps! Canna-flour works for baking if it comprises no more than 20% of the recipe.
When baking with canna-flour, keep the oven at 340°F or below. For recipes that call for 350°F, just lower to 340°F and cook a few minutes longer. Ramp up the spices a bit and there should be no harsh taste of Cannabis.
– One ounce top quality shake, decarboxylated
1. Place the Cannabis in the bowl of a food processor or in freshly cleaned coffee grinder.
2. Process the Cannabis until it becomes a very fine powder.
3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
4. To use, replace up to ¼ the amount of flour in a recipe with Cannabis flour. Sift together the prepared Cannabis powder with the flour for even distribution. For flavor and consistency, try to stay at or below the ¼ substitution rule.
RECIPES by LAURIE WOLF | PHOTOS by BRUCE WOLF