Tools of the Trade
June 1, 2018
Tools of the Trade
Making infused foods isn’t just a great option for dosing your medical cannabis, it can also be a fun and relaxing hobby. Before you begin, it’s essential to make sure you have a few simple cannabis cooking accessories. Sure, you need your pots, pans, spoons and spatulas. But cannabis cooking isn’t exactly traditional, so you’ll need to bust out some very non-traditional tools. Complete kitchen beginners will find this list the handiest. However, even if you think you’re Top Chef-worthy, you might still find a few useful accessories for making edibles. It’s time to tool up!
With regular cooking, it might be okay to measure by eye. But that’s not the case when making infused recipes. To ensure you’re properly dosing each and every edible, we suggest getting a high-quality digital scale. This will help you measure your dried flower and infused ingredients when you’re in the kitchen.
We’re not talking about your regular pasta colander. For cannabis cooking you’ll need a finely meshed strainer to hold in all of the dried flower bits when you’re straining your liquid oil or butter after infusing.
In addition to the strainer, having cheesecloth on hand is a good idea. You can make cannabis dried flower satchels that you add to your butter or oil for infusing. This leaves no mess and means no straining later. Plus, after you’re done infusing you can soak the little cannabis satchel to make infused tea. [Link to tea recipe article.]
Ideal for bite-sized, perfectly portioned infusions, you can pour liquid coconut oil or butter into your molds for easy dosing when cooking. Just let them solidify and then pop out. Or use silicone molds more traditionally, to make infused gummies, candies and chocolates.
This is a no brainer! When canna cooking you’ll need a stash of well-sealed containers for storing both long-term and short-term items. For the long haul, you’ll want containers suitable for storing oil or butter. Then you’ll want some for keeping leftovers fresh. We recommend always labeling them and storing them out of reach of children and non-users.
From making canna oil and infused honey to easy one pot meals, a slow cooker is something you’ll turn to again and again for simple, foolproof infusing and cooking. You can find small, four-quart options or huge slow cookers, large enough for an entire roast.
If you’re not using Maker’s Mix and you have to grind and decarboxylate your dried flower before infusing, we suggest using a coffee grinder. Sure, a regular cannabis grinder works, but this will save you so much time. Plus, you’ll find a coffee grinder creates large batches of perfectly uniform ground bud.
Magical Butter Maker
Designed specifically for to canna infusions, this specialized kitchen tool combines an immersion blender with a digital thermostat and heating unit. It will grind, heat, stir and steep your dried flower—and all at the proper time and temperature.
LEVO Oil Infuser
If you prefer a one-step espresso maker to making your own pour over brew, this is the machine for you. Automated and user-friendly, the LEVO lets you create homemade herb infusions just by adding your ingredients, and setting the time and temperature on the touch screen interface. It’s even dishwasher safe.