Craving some cannabutter?
And don’t know where to start from?
Well, that isn’t anything to worry about because we’ve got your back. Whether it is about cooking weed butter in crockpot or the confusion on how long to cook cannabutter in crockpot, we have answered it all. This post by the CBD World Web talks about everything that you need to know about cooking cannabis butter.
And do you know the best part about cooking cannabutter?
It is the versatility of the weed butter. By following this recipe you can not only make weed butter in crockpot without much hassle, but also use the prepared butter in a wide range of savoring dishes. Because there’s this saying amidst the cannabis users.
There’s no turning back for someone who is into the savoring flavor of cannabis butter (or cannabutter). The one who has had the taste of relishing the flavor of weed butter knows what the world is missing. And that must be why they are more than willing to try making some at home.
Luckily, if you are to follow the right recipe with stepwise guidance, making cannabutter isn’t all that tough. So, stay tuned and read until the end to discover the beginner’s guide on cooking cannabutter in crockpot.
What is Cannabutter?
There’s an exciting range of cannabis-infused edibles that are known to give off a tingly and euphoric sensation. And cannabis butter happens to be one of the most popular ones on the list. Cannabis butter is prominently known as cannabutter or weed butter. In the simplest words, cannabutter (or cannabis butter) is a cannabis edible where your cannabis is infused in the butter.
The best advantage of weed butter is that it is just as flavourful and nutritious as any other butter. And you do not have to run from store to store to find the cannabutter. You can simply make weed butter in your kitchen without any fancy kitchen appliance. Just grab your crockpot and the needed ingredients and get started. Only be mindful to follow this step-by-step recipe and be cautious to avoid messing up.
New to Cannabis Edibles?
If yes, you need a whole lot of foundation knowledge and guidance than you think. Here’s a quick guide.
The tell-tales of wrong cannabis dosage, inconsistency, and overpowering high are dreadful enough to not desire to risk overdose. fact is that while dosing the recreated cannabis products is pretty easy, dosing the cannabis edibles is just the opposite. There are times when one cannabis edible is more potent than the other. Consuming the same amount of all the CBD edibles that you choose can be troublesome.
The best way is to start calculating your dose via the dosing chart specified with the product. But this method isn’t always convenient. If you are consuming a non-edible range of cannabis products like CBD oil, tincture, or something, dosing your weed is easy. But same is not the case with edibles. For instance, you cannot count doses in cannabis gummies or cookies. Eventually, it is recommended to start with a small (negligible dose). You can gradually up your dose according to the released effects.
But taking on a heavy dose without much knowledge could be hazardous.
How to Make Cannabutter/Weed butter in Crockpot?
It might come as a surprise but making weed butter in crockpot is damn easy and interesting. The reason we use a cannabutter slow cooker 24 hours over any fancy kitchen appliance is that crockpots are reliable. With crockpots and slow cookers is that you wouldn’t have to stand by the cooker and stir the stuff at regular intervals. You can set up and forget it. The next time you come back to check (which is usually after long hours), your cannabutter would be ready to store or use.
Do not bother and just follow the easy-to-use (and follow) recipe to make cannabutter/weed butter in a crockpot.
I would not beat around the bushes and get to the point straight. Let’s take a look at all stuff you might need to make cannabutter in the crockpot. I was dead serious when I said that you would not need a fancy kitchen setup or highly-priced kitchen appliances. Just a couple of most common kitchenware would be all. Not to mention, you also need the ingredients.
There’s no going ahead if you lack anything on the ingredient list. Fortunately, the list is way too small to be called a list. Here’s what you shall need to make weed butter in crockpot at home.
Dried Cannabis Flowers
The very first thing on my checklist is the cannabis flowers. You cannot imagine making cannabis edible if you do not have your weed. So, get started to arrange some cannabis flowers.
As the name cannabis butter suggests, you will be needing both, the cannabis and the butter. You can use the traditional butter. I suggest you pick the non-salted and clarified butter. However, using the non-clarified butter works just as well.
It shall do nothing much but add one more step to the recipe discussed below.
- Crockpot too!
Now that you are cooking your weed butter in a crockpot, you cannot do without it.
- Mason Jars
You will be needing multiple mason jars in the entire cooking-weed-butter process.
Choose Your Decarb Process
Decarboxylation of cannabis flowers is quite important. It activates the weed elements in the cannabis flowers. You might not know but the cannabis flowers do not contain cannabis elements like CBD and THC in the edible form. They rather have THC acid (THCA) and CBD acid (CBDA). You will be needed to decarb your weed to activate THCA and CBDA to enjoy a potent high.
Yet another advantage of decarboxylation is that you do not get green weed butter. Cooking cannabis for a long time can release a potential amount of chlorophyll from flowers to butter. Decarbing weed in advance would save your butter from the hulk complexion.
Quite a lot of people prepare cannabutter without decarbing their weed beforehand. Little do they know is that decarbing weed in advance saves their time and makes the entire cooking process so easy.
If you choose to not decarboxylate the cannabis flowers in advance, you will have to do it while cooking the butter. And trust me, the former option is way better.
There are two ways to decarboxylate cannabis flowers. The first one is via using the oven before infusing the cannabis in butter and the second is to cook the fat and flowers together for just a double time. Let’s understand both the decarboxylation methods in detail.
Method 1: Decarbing Cannabis in the Oven
This method of decarboxylation reduces the cooking time by half. Also, it does not release as much chlorophyll in the fat (by fat I mean butter).
All you need to do is bake the dried cannabis flowers in the oven. Set the oven to 240-degree F and bake your leaves for 40 minutes.
Method 2: Decarbing While Cooking
You can always skip the ‘Decarbing weed in the oven’ step at your convenience. However, you will be left with no other option than decarbing the cannabis while cooking.
You shall cook the butter for a long period to activate the Cannabis elements. However, cooking weed and butter for an extended time shall leach the greenery of the flowers into your butter.
Set it and Forget it Recipe to Make Weed Butter in Crockpot
Set it and forget it!
Cooking like that sounds weird, right?
But that’s exactly what we’d be doing in this easy-to-follow recipe for making cannabutter in crockpot. You will be setting up the cannabutter slow cooker, adding the ingredients in a stepwise manner, closing the cooker, and sitting back and relaxing.
We shall explore the recipe soon after you have read the upcoming section. In the section followed, we have discussed a few things that you must know to ensure hassle-free cooking. So, without any ado, let’s get to it.
What Do You Need to Know?
Before we get started with the actual ingredient list or the step-by-step recipe, you might know a few pointers. The following section highlights a few things that often confuse people while they are on their spree to make cannabis butter. So, here we are, all set to clear your confusion and help you in making the best home-cooked cannabutter in the crockpot.
- Ghee vs butter!
Can I use ghee instead of butter sticks?
Yes, you can. Ghee is nothing but fat just like your butter sticks. The difference being ghee is clarified butter. The Ghee is free from the milk solids and other stuff. Using the clarified butter saves time and effort from the end steps of cooking.
- Which is better: Stove or Crockpot to cook Cannabis Butter
Either is fine. While on the stove, you will have to be on alert mode to avoid chaos, cooking in the crockpot helps you relax. You wouldn’t have to keep moving in and out of the kitchen while cooking in the crockpot.
- Why do I need a mason jar?
The mason jars will be required to prepare the water bath for cooking the cannabis butter.
- Why is my cannabis butter green?
The cannabis butter usually turns green when you do not decarb the cannabis flowers ahead of time. Decarbing the weed while cooking means cooking your cannabutter for an extended period. In doing so, the cannabis flowers release chlorophyll in the butter causing the green color.
- The Need to Decarb Cannabis
Decarbing the cannabis before making the cannabutter is essential to activate the cannabis elements in the flower. Failing to do so would create a non-potent butter with no desired effects.
- Cannabutter Slow Cooker No Decarb
One can always choose to not decarb the cannabis in advance and perform the decarboxylation while cooking. All it would do is add some additional hours to your cooking period. And relax, the result would be just the same.
- How Long to Cook Cannabutter in Crockpot?
It usually takes about 4-hours to cook cannabutter in the crockpot. But that is the cooking time if you have decarboxylated the weed flowers in advance.
In case you decide to decarb the cannabis while cooking, it can take you up to 8 hours to cook cannabis in a crockpot.
Finally, here comes the threshold to cook cannabutter in a crockpot recipe. I mean, we are to start enlisting the ingredients you would need to prepare weed butter in a crockpot. If I am to put things in the simplest words, you need nothing more than just two ingredients. And they happen to be the butter and dried cannabis flowers. I’d insist you decarb the dried weed flowers before moving ahead to infuse cannabis into butter.
I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that you can use any cannabis strain to make cannabutter. So, do not bother about struggling to find the right strain because there isn’t any. Use whichever strain you find and get started. It wouldn’t make much difference except for the potency. Or if you are too particular about your preference in THC or CBD potency, select the one you always use.
But as I have already said, decarboxylating the cannabis during the cooking process is just as fine. So, choose whichever option you like. I’ll elaborate on the recipe to make cannabis butter in a crockpot in both ways. Therefore, you wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Coming to the list of ingredients and kitchenware, here’s what you need.
- Butter (non-salted)
- Dried Weed Flowers
- Crockpot/slow cooker
- 3 Mason jars (16-ounce with a wide mouth)
- Clean tea towel
- Digital thermometer
- Paper filter
- Butter Molds (optional)
Beginner’s Guide: Step by Step Process
Here is a genuine reminder to all the folks willing to cook cannabutter in a crockpot!
There’s no right way to cook your weed. Everyone has his unique method but then at the end of the day, the recipe remains the same (give or take a couple of minute changes). So, just follow the guidelines and make sure to avoid mistakes. And trust me, you’d love what you cook (I mean the cannabutter of course).
Here’s a detailed, step-by-step guide to cooking weed butter in crockpot/slow cooker.
Step 1: Lay a clean tea towel at the base of the crockpot. This shall create a distance between the cooker base and the mason jars. The buffer prevents the mason jars from moving and even cracking.
Step 2: Fill the crockpot with enough water to immerse the mason jars. But be mindful of overflowing.
Step 3: Now set the crockpot to heat. Use a digital thermometer to measure the heat. When the water temperature reaches 185-degree F, reduce the heat to low.
While your water heats, you can bake the dried cannabis flowers to decarboxylate them. You will have to bake the dried weed in the oven for 40 minutes at 240-degree F.
Step 4: Divide the butter equally into two mason jars. You can fit two butter sticks easily in one 16-ounce jar.
Step 5: Divide the decarbed cannabis flowers into two halves. Add them to the mason jars filled with butter.
Step 6: Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean napkin or kitchen towel. Close the lid.
Step 7: Tighten the metal ring to moderate tightness. It should not be either too loose or too tight.
Step 8: Place the jars in the water bath prepared earlier. Put the lid (of the crockpot on) and cook the butter on low heat for about 4 hours.
Step 9: You are to maintain the temperature of the water bath at around 185-degree F during the entire cooking process.
Step 10: If you haven’t decarbed the flowers ahead of time, cook your cannabutter for about 7-8 hours.
Step 11: After 4 hours (or 7 if the weed is not decarboxylated), remove the mason jars from the water bath.
Step 12: Set them aside to cool.
Step 13: Discard the water bath. You wouldn’t be needing it anymore.
Step 14: Prepare a clean mason jar to strain the infused butter.
Step 15: Arrange a funnel on the jar. Use a food-grade filter paper or cheesecloth to cover the funnel.
Step 16: Strain the content via the prepared straining arrangement. It shall separate the butter from the plant matter.
You can discard the plant matter (pulp) or keep it aside and use it in other recipes. The choice is yours!
Step 17: Use the butter molds or store the cannabutter in the mason jar. Refrigerate the butter.
Now you can use the cannabutter anytime you want. You can also use it as ordinary butter.
In Case: For if you are to use the molds to shape your weed butter in crockpot, here’s a useful tip.
Let the filtered butter settle before pouring them into the bricks. Doing so will sediment the milk solids at the bottom. Now pour the sedimented butter into the molds via spoon. Pour the contents that have infused butter alongside milk solids into a separate brick. So, you wouldn’t have to separate the milk solids from all but just one brick.
Additional Tips and Tricks
- Choose the decarboxylation process wisely.
- Do not use fake or margarine butter.
- If possible, use clarified butter.
- Avoid overheating the butter while cooking.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I use cannabutter?
One can use the cannabis-infused butter (better known as cannabutter) in almost any dish that you desire. You can replace the regular butter with the cannabutter in your kitchen. Just be careful with the amount that you use because potency might be a bother.
Can I cook cannabutter in a crockpot?
Yes, the cannabutter can be cooked in the crockpot or slow cooker for 24 hours.
How long does it take to cook cannabutter in a crockpot?
It usually takes approx. 4 hours to cook cannabutter in a crockpot. However, this duration can extend if you do not decarb your cannabis beforehand.
What type of butter should I use to make Cannabis butter?
You can use any regular fat to cook weed butter in crockpot. Use either the clarified butter or the one with milk solids, it wouldn’t make much difference.
Can I use clarified butter to make Cannabutter?
Yes, you can. It is better if you use clarified butter.
What is the white stuff left while making cannabutter?
The white stuff left behind at the bottom of the cannabutter is the milk solids used in the butter.