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At CCBD, we are always looking for ways to enhance our customers cannabis experience and share the resources and talents of our staff.
Through our wildly popular Danksgiving cookbook, written by CCBD staff members, we’ve come to realize customers are hungry for more!
That’s why we’re introducing a new column and a new columnist in our blog: Culinary Cannabis, written (like much of the cookbook!) by our own chef, Patrick Mixis.
We’re proud to introduce Patrick and his talents to a wider audience, and know you’ll really appreciate his recipes, tips, and tricks in the future.
Meet Chef Patrick, in his own words:
By Certified Cannabis Chef Patrick Mixis
Hi, my name is Patrick Mixis and I’m a local certified cannabis chef, happily employed by Compassionate Care By Design after owning Feed The World Cafe in Kalamazoo for a number of years. I love cannabis, I love cooking, and I’m so excited to share my passions with you in the coming weeks!
This column will provide budding chefs with a bundle of knowledge about combining food and marijuana, starting with simple basics and moving into more in-depth culinary cannabis lessons. Follow along, and you’ll learn everything you need to know to infuse everything from brownies to fras gras.
I’m going to be providing full recipes, plus tips and tricks that will help you gain confidence in both your cooking skills and cooking with cannabis. I hope you’ll join us here as we go down the rabbit hole of infused edibles with this new column!
With each article, we’ll go deeper into cannabis and food, learning how to create, taste, and understand the naturally beautiful pairing that is culinary cannabis. My restaurant explored cuisine from around the world, and I hope to bring that kind of curiosity to this column, as well as fresh and healthy ways to bring cannabis into your diet.
Cannabis and culinary arts are a growing interest as marijuana laws and regulations continue to change. Whether you enjoy cannabis yourself, or are primarily focused on the business side, this industry is changing lives in many ways. I found my passion in it, and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Let’s Get Started!
When deciding to venture into cannabis in the kitchen, you must first know about decarboxylation (decarb for short). This is the process of turning your cannabinoids into the psychoactive compounds in order to achieve your personal use goals.
Essentially, just like burning flower when smoking it turns your THCA (non-intoxicating) into THC (intoxicating), decarbing your cannabis for use in cooking does the same thing, only at low temperatures over an extended period of time.
To decarb your flower:
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
- Break your medical grade cannabis up into small buds.
- Spread it out evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake in your oven at 300 degrees F for roughly 12 to 15 minutes. This will activate your cannabinoids.
- Once cooled, grind your flower to the texture of any other cooking herb – like oregano or basil – and your flower is now ready to use in cooking!
How to make cannabutter like a pro.
Cannabutter is a basic ingredient in so many recipes! Cannabutter was the basic beginning of cannabis infused edibles, so this recipe is a fitting start to this culinary cannabis adventure. Here’s a simple Cannabutter recipe that you can try out today!
- 1 oz decarbed medical flower, from Compassionate Care By Design, ground (see above)
- 1 lb unsalted whole butter
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 sieve, fine strainer
Directions: Melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat, add in ground flower and stir. Let simmer and heat, never exceeding 200 degrees F, for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Once complete, pour the melted liquid through your sieve or a fine strainer and discard leftover remnants. Thoroughly stir in the salt, then pour your cannabutter into molds and let cool down to safe temperatures before putting in your fridge, unless you plan to use it immediately.
Storage: Kept in airtight containers, the butter can stand for quite some time, even months.
If you have any questions, give us a call, or stop in. We’re happy to help you get started cooking with cannabis, and welcome any questions you may have!
Thank you and Enjoy!
What recipes are you interested in? Where’s your level of confidence in cooking with cannabis? Did you enjoy this article, and are you looking forward to more in this series? We’d love to hear from you!