Making cannabis-infused foods is a notoriously slow-going process. Thankfully, if you are hoping to learn how to make cannabutter fast, we’ve got you covered. Cannabutter is a primary ingredient in many cannabis-infused recipes or edibles. Known as an “extraction”, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the psychoactive part of cannabis that gets you high – is removed from the cannabis and infused with the butter.
The butter from a normal recipe is then substituted with cannabutter. You can use any kind of unsalted butter you like for this recipe, though we find that using high-quality butter provides a better taste. High-quality butter has less water, so you will get a higher yield. We also recommend that you decarboxylate your butter first, to ensure that you are infusing the maximum amount of THC possible into your creamy concoction. Your finished butter will have a green tinge to it because of the cannabis.
If you are new to cooking with cannabis, and you’re not sure how much cannabis to use or don’t understand the process, be sure to read through the guidelines below to ensure that you’ve got the basics down before you get started. If you are not careful, cannabutter can easily scorch and develop a bitter flavor. You can also make Cannabutter at home easily and mess-free with the Ardent Nova FX machine, which helps you create fantastic recipes, infusing cannabis easily into butter.
Directions for Decarboxylating Cannabis for Cannabutter
First thing: you need to decarb your herb. Believe it or not, dried cannabis flower does not actually contain high doses of THC. In order to create the psychoactive, you need to expose your cannabis flower to heat to change the cannabinoid from its precursor form, THC acid. This transformation occurs through a process called decarboxylation. Before making cannabutter, it’s extremely important to decarboxylate your bud sample. This process happens automatically during the smoking of cannabis since you heat the herb with the flame from a lighter. Decarboxylating your herb before you cook is a vital step in the process. If you skip decarboxylation, you will be setting yourself up for a depressing surprise when you find your cannabutter has a weak potency. While the name may sound intimating, decarboxylation is easy. Just heat your herb on a baking sheet before adding it to butter! Here are a few simple directions:
- Line a flat baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread your coarsely ground herb evenly over the sheet.
- Bake your sample at 240°F (115°C) for up to ½ an hour, stirring occasionally and checking on your flower. This will both activate your cannabis and give it a roasted, nutty taste.
This same decarboxylation process applies to other types of cannabis as well. For example, it is also best to decarb CBD strains, decarb concentrates, and decarb stems before infusing them into recipes.
Recipe: How to Make Cannabutter Fast
Once you have activated your flower, it’s time to make some butter. While there are several quick and easy ways to make cannabutter, this stove-top Fast Cannabutter method is one of the best for new cannabis chefs:
- Transform your coarsely ground and decarboxylated herb into a finely ground (but not pulverized) material using a food processor or blender.
- Melt the butter on low heat in a medium saucepan.
- Add the finely ground buds to the melted butter a little bit at a time, stirring in between.
- Simmer on a low heat for 45 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent scorching and to properly mix the material. While simmering, you should see start to see small bubbles forming on the surface.
Once simmering is complete, take the mixture off of the heat and pour the hot contents through a strainer. Let the cannabutter cool at room temperature before placing it in the fridge for storage. Once strained, you’re ready to cool, store, and cook with your cannabutter! As simple as this recipe sounds, if you want to completely cut down on the hassle and prevent scorching, we recommend the Ardent Nova FX machine, the easiest way to make cannabutter at home.
How to Strain Cannabutter Properly
The simmering processes infuses THC and other cannabis compounds into your into your butter. However, if you want to have a great-tasting butter, you’ll need to take out all of the excess plant material. You can strain cannabutter in just two easy steps:
- After simmering, strain the butter into your container using a fine metal strainer to filter out the ground buds.
- Press the spoon against the ground bud in the metal strainer to squeeze all the cannabutter.
You can also strain cannabutter using several layers of cheesecloth. Simply pour your butter mixture over your cheesecloth and into an appropriate container. Once the butter is separated from the plant material, you can gather the cheesecloth and squeeze gently to remove additional butter. Fair warning: it’s best to use gloves for this process. The butter will be hot!
How Long Does Cannabutter Last in the Fridge?
Regular butter can be safely stored for months in the refrigerator. This is not true for cannabutter. This herb-infused butter can keep for up to one month in the refrigerator if it is properly stored in an air-tight container. However, for those concerned about flavor and quality, three weeks is a better estimate. Keep in mind that the more often you take your butter out of the fridge, the more you reduce its shelf-life. Adding a little salt to the butter while it is cooling may help the butter stay fresh and maintain a good taste while in the refrigerator. You can also store cannabutter in the freezer to extend its shelf life for a couple of weeks. To do this properly, pour your freshly made cannabutter into silicone ice cube trays and let it harden. Once solid, remove the individual butter cubes and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe container. Simply take a cube out of the freeze, unthaw it, and use it to make a fast infused meal.
How to Make Cannabutter in a Slow Cooker
Who wouldn’t want to be rewarded with some ready-made infused butter after a long day? The slow cooker method is one of the easiest ways to make cannabutter. This method is also one of the best for preventing scorching, which can ruin the flavor of stovetop varieties. Unlike stovetop cannabutter methods, this slow cooker recipe uses water to prevent the butter from drying out and to prevent it from burning during the infusion process. To make your cannabutter in a slow cooker, collect the same ingredients as listed above. However, instead of a saucepan, you’ll need a few different tools.
- 1/2 cup water
- Slow cooker
- Glass container
- Fine strainer
- Add butter and ground, decarboxylated cannabis to the slow cooker.
- Add 1/2 cup of water.
- Cook on low for up to three hours, stirring occasionally.
- When cooking is completed, pour your cannabutter into a glass container while using a fine strainer to remove plant material.
- Allow butter to cool to room temperature before refrigerating.
- In the refrigerator, the butter will harden and separate from the water. Once this separation occurs, you can lift the butter away from residual water.
- Either discard the water or use it to make a mildly infused tea when you are in the mood.
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