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Cooking with Cannabis

Cooking with Cannabis
The recipes of cooking with cannabis are as old as the plant itself, and through generations of trial and error, the most productive methods have come to the forefront. Most chefs prefer to prepare recipes through the use of cannabis butter, replacing the traditional ‘Betty Crocker’ ingredients of butter or margarine with the cannabutter.  Beginners can realize results with the use of direct plant matter, while the more advanced culinary experts will experiment with tincture. Each has it benefits and drawbacks, but the end result should always be the same. Great tasting foods incorporating one of mother earths finest gifts.
Cooking With Cannabutter
Just as it sounds, cannabutter is a melding of cannabis plant and dairy butter. The natural oils in the butter fat help to release and condense THC while discarding distracting ‘grindage.’ To prepare, slowly melt one pound of butter in a skillet over a low heat, then add between 60 and 70 grams of cannabis. Stir gently to release the THC, and when the mixture has a green tint (about 15 minutes), remove from heat and strain through a cheese cloth. 
The resulting cannabutter can then be used in place of straight butter. Of all methods, the tastes imparted by the butter are heavenly, imparting a smooth natural flavor that brings an added level to favorite recipes. 
However, do not try and rush the process and over heat for a faster melt – cannabis reaching temperatures of 400 degrees will lose the THC potency as the chemicals begin to break down in the butters oils. The drawback to cannabutter is the time it takes to prep, as this step is often required as forethought.
Cooking With Straight Cannabis Plant Matter
Few recipes in the baking lexicon call for straight plant matter, though it can be an effective way to achieve culinary results with cannabis produce. Beginners often bake this way, but the drawback is a gritty and off-taste sensation imparted from the plant material. The heat of the oven for brownies, as well as the absence of heated oils, for example, is not high enough to fully activate the THC content. For the traditional brownie recipe, cooking at a temperature above 350 degree will limit the moisture and THC presence in the chocolaty goodness.
Cooking with Cannabis Tincture
Cannabis tincture is an advanced method for pre-producing cooking ingredients that replace oils, spirits, and vinegars in traditional recipes. The tincture is a mix whereby finely ground cannabis is infused with high proof alcohol for a time, then strained. The drawback of this method decreases THC potency from the yeasts feeding upon it from the alcohol, so effective shelf time is limited. However, the infusion ads a unique aspect to recipes and inherently contain some bragging rights if used properly. Tincture is a much lower temperature cooling ingredient, as anything much about 300 degrees will begin to break down the alcohol as well. A master chef will be able to draw out the subtle tastes of the tincture without overpowering the complex ingredients, and in doing so, share a real treat with dinner guests.
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