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Infused Holiday Baking: How to Make Cannabutter

One of the best things about the holiday season is all the delicious holiday food. If you love cannabis and you love the holidays, get into the spirit with some cannabis-infused holiday home cooking. You’ll be the life of the party when you host a Danksgiving or Holidaze Season potluck using our easy-to-make cannabutter recipe.

There are many ways to cook cannabis-infused meals, but one of the easiest and most reliable is to whip up a batch of cannabutter to use in your baked recipes. Cannabutter is a flexible ingredient that can be used in any recipe that calls for regular butter.

Ready to make your own cannabutter for some holiday cooking? It’s pretty easy! Here’s a simple recipe that covers how to make cannabutter, step by step.

How To Make Cannabutter Using an Oven and a Stovetop

Making cannabutter is similar to all baking best practices: with the right recipe and a process to follow, it doesn’t have to be all that difficult or time consuming. In fact, all you really need to make easy weed butter is butter, cannabis, an oven, and some baking utensils.

Important Note: Always clearly label any product that contains cannabis and make sure that all your guests know which goodies contain cannabis. Keep any cannabis items out of the reach of children.

What You’ll Need

10 ounces of cannabis buds

1 baking sheet

1 cup butter (salted or unsalted, whatever the recipe you’ll be using for your baked good calls for)

1 mason jar (16 ounces or larger)

Cheesecloth

Rubber band

Label + Marker

Here’s the easiest and best way to make cannabutter:

Step 1: Decarboxylate Your Cannabis

The first step to making easy weed butter is to decarboxylate your cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process of cooking your cannabis in order to activate it. Decarboxylating your flower before infusing it is a vital step, as it’s the only way to make cannabutter that is potent and effective.

We recommend drying about 10 grams of flower per cannabutter batch. It’ll weigh less once it’s dry. You can always use less. Or more, but really consider the strength you and your guests will be comfortable with.

To decarb your bud, spread your cannabis flower over a baking sheet on top of an oven tray, distributing it evenly. Place it in the oven at 245°F for about 30 minutes.

Step 2: Grind the Bud

After it’s baked, let the bud cool then grind your cannabis so that it can be mixed into your butter later. You can use a cannabis grinder (we like this one since it works great and is made by a NorCal company; this could also make a great gift!) or rough chop the cannabis on a cutting board, the way you’d dice garlic.

Step 3: Melt the Butter

The third step is to prepare your butter by melting it. To do this, add 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of water into a saucepan. Simmer the mixture on low and allow the butter to melt.

Step 4: Add Cannabis and Simmer

Once your butter melts, add your cannabis flower to it and mix well. Allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for about 2–3 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 5: Strain the Butter into a Jar

Let the butter cool off just enough to reduce the steam effect but long enough that it starts to solidify. A few minutes of cooling should be enough.

Grab a glass mason jar that is large enough to hold 1 cup of liquid and place a cheesecloth over the jar. Leave enough slack for the cheesecloth to sag a few inches into the jar. This is where the flower particles will gather as you strain the butter. Place a rubber band over the cheesecloth and around the mouth of the jar to hold the cheesecloth in place. Pour your butter through the cloth slowly as your jar fills with delicious cannabutter, filtering out any solid pieces of cannabis.

Step 6: Follow the Baking Recipe

After you’ve filled your jar with the cannabutter mixture, place it into the fridge and allow it to cool down and solidify if the recipe for your baked goodie doesn’t call for melted butter. When you’re ready to use your cannabutter, use the same butter measurement called for in the recipe.

How to Make Cannabutter in a Slow Cooker

Using the oven and a stove isn’t the only way to make cannabutter. A slow cooker can simplify the process for making many kinds of foods, and cannabutter is no exception. If you’re more of a hands-off kind of cook, using a slow cooker may be a better option. 

Making cannabutter in a slow cooker is super easy. Just set your slow cooker to about 160°F (usually the low setting) and insert your butter and ground cannabis flower. Let it cook for about 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Then turn the cooker off, allow it to cool enough that it isn’t actively releasing steam but hasn’t yet started to solidify, then strain the butter into a jar using the same method we outlined above.

Not great in the kitchen? All good! you can still enjoy some potent and delicious cannabis edibles this holiday season. Drop by our Venice dispensary today or browse our online menu right now to shop a wide selection of cannabis edibles that are sure to spark up your holiday season!

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