How to Make the Best Possible Pot Brownies
We may not yet know who our next president will be, but the 2020 election results have made one thing clear: Red state or blue, Americans love weed. Four states—New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona— voted to legalize recreational cannabis this election cycle, bringing the number of states in which it is legal to partake for fun to 15. Why not celebrate this excellent news with a really good pot brownie?
I’d wager a good portion of 14-64 year old humans ask “Is there weed in here?” whenever they are handed a homemade brownie. So ubiquitous are THC-laded chocolatey treats that this buddy comedy fuel is often people’s first foray into edible cannabis. (Likely attributable to chocolate’s powers of covering up nearly any unpleasant taste.) Too-strong brownies sometimes carry the deep bitterness of raw marijuana, but with the right proportions you can make a brownie that’s as delicious as it is dastardly.
Some bakers opt for chocolate ganache while others are in love with the cocoa (powder). Both will give you moist and gooey brownies on their own, but combining the two makes them addictively fudge-y and, pot or not, they stand alone. Brownies bake up like an extra-dense cake, and both the pan and the baking time dictate the degree of fudge you end up with. A big wide pan will give you a thick chewy result, whereas smaller portioned pans will bake up super fast and gain height.
To make Perfect Pot Brownies, we invoke a slightly more luxe version of King Arthur Flour ’s recipe. I like this one because it’s well-tested by professional recipe developers, but forgiving if you want to make tweaks—which we are going to recommend in order to max out the fudge factor. Make your cannabis butter in advance and store it in the freezer, thawing before use. (You can make it the day of; just make sure to give yourself three hours of butter prepping time before you intend to start baking.)
Prepare cannabis infused butter
Total newbies and novices to cannabis baking can rejoice that in 2020 you don’t have to dig deep in the annals of the internet to find some rando’s horrifying attempt from 1996 . “Heritage” recipes lean toward the coma-inducingly strong, which most people truly do not find to be a good time. Between devices like The Magical Butter Machine and Levo you can leave (most) of the guesswork to a device and come out with a consistent product prepared to your exact specifications.
How to Sous Vide Your Own Medical Marijuana Edibles
If there is one thing an immersion circulator is good for, it is infusions. The precise temperature
The best method for smaller batches of infusions is a Lifehacker classic: sous vide . Simply seal up one stick of butter with an eighth of mid-to-high grade finely ground and decarboxylated bud , and heat at 170℉ or 160℉ for an hour or two. Shorter cook times give you more of the early cannabinoids like CBD and THC, as well as preserve the terpenes that give each strain its unique smell and taste. Longer cook times provide sleepier butter that has more CBN , known for couch lock, not to be ignored if you suffer from insomnia.
We may not yet know who our next president will be, but the 2020 election results have made one thing clear: Red state or blue, Americans love weed. Four states—New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona—voted to legalize recreational cannabis this election cycle, bringing the number of states in which it is legal to partake for fun to 15. Why not celebrate this excellent news with a really good pot brownie?
- March 4, 2019
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Edibles are one of the most popular ways to consume cannabis. Making cannabis edibles at home is a great way to control weed potency. It is cost effective and is fun to do. However, it usually stinks up your house in the process. This is challenging for those who wish to cook cannabis discretely. Check out our easy to follow guide to making scent free cannabis edibles. Follow these steps and never deal with a weed smell while cooking weed edibles again.
There are quite a few ways to cook with cannabis. However, this one is a very effective way to make scent free cannabis edibles.
We usually cook weed edibles in these 4 steps:
- Choosing your strain
- Decarboxylate your cannabis
- Infuse you cannabis with a fat, or high proof alcohol
- Use your cannabis infusion base in a recipe
Step 2 creates a lot of smell as the decarboxylation process is done in the oven. Heating your cannabis activates terpenes and cannabinoids that give off its characteristic skunk-like scent. Contrastingly, step 3 calls for infusing your cannabis with either fat or high proof alcohol. This process produces less of a smell. Especially when using a mason jar. At this stage, there is still a light cannabis aroma.
For there to be no smell in the house when making your cannabis oil, butter, or tincture, everything needs to be vacuum sealed!
The Decarboxylation process
The decarb process is crucial as it turns your non active cannabis, THC-A, into active THC. The usual process to activate the THC in your cannabis is to place your weed in the oven on 240F for 40 minutes.
However, this obviously creates a lot of smell. To have no smell at all, vacuum seal your cannabis and place it in a pot of boiling water (212F). Boil your vacuum sealed weed for 55 minutes.
This will convert most of the THC-A into THC. Leaving some THC-A in your cannabis can actually be a good thing. This is because these compounds provide its potential medicinal benefits.
Cannabis base infusion
If the boiling process is complete it is time for next steps. Take your vacuum sealed cannabis out of the water carefully, and quickly bring it outside. Place your decarb cannabis in another vacuum bag. Now, add your choice of fat, high proof alcohol, butter, or oil. Vacuum seal your cannabis together with your selection and boil again for another 2 to 3 hours.
Once this process is done, your cannabis infusion is completely ready and active. There shouldn’t be any scent of cannabis inside the house.
Learn to cook cannabis edibles in complete detail with videos and pictures. Follow this from start to finish guide on how to create weed edibles in the comfort of your home.
Learn to make scent free cannabis edibles. Follow this simple guide to discretely cook cannabis in your home by preventing the signature weed smell.