April 24, 2020
With everything that's been going on, I saw that a lot of my fellow smokers were having a hard time finding isopropyl alcohol for cleaning their glass. Or if they could find it, they were holding on to for more pertinent needs than cleaning their glass (or maybe they donated to someone more in need). Regardless, I thought it was a good time to try out some new methods for cleaning my glass for when my own stash of rubbing alcohol runs out.
I took to Instagram to ask my followers what their favorite way to clean without alcohol is. And then I asked on Twitter. And the responses I got were primarily "hot water". Or some variation of hot or boiling water and shaking and salt.
So I decided to use my own knowledge about cleaning and figured I could arrange a bit of an experiment with a few different ingredients that most of us have in our kitchens.
I timed it perfectly too because between my husband and myself, there were plenty of pipes and pieces that needed a bit of a cleaning.
One of the pieces I put straight into the dishwasher. It was a smaller piece, a bowl for a bong. This worked ok but missed a big spot on the inside of the bowl. I would not recommend this method if you don't have a basket/utensil caddy for your dishwasher.
The second, most low maintenance method was simmering a bowl in a pot of hot water. This worked ok but it wasn't as effective as I expected. I placed the pipe in the water cold, then brought it all up to temperature together. You DO NOT want to add a cold pipe to boiling water (or a hot pipe to cold water). Gradual temperature change is the name of this game.
The remaining three sets of pipes I used either: hot water and vinegar; hot water, vinegar, and dish soap; or just hot water and dish soap.
I squirted dish soap directly down the mouthpiece and into the bowl for both sets that used dish soap. I boiled some water in my tea kettle, waited to hear the boiling stop inside of the kettle, then slowly poured it over the pipe with just dish soap, in a large plastic container.
For the two sets with half hot water and half vinegar, I used a large measuring cup to measure 2 cups of vinegar. I added 2 cups of hot water from my tea kettle then slowly poured that over the pipes in a plastic container.
All soaked for 15 minutes, and there was one clear winner when it came time to rinse: dish soap and hot water.
I was honestly expecting the one with dish soap and vinegar to work the best. That the dish soap and hot water won was a complete shock. I believe that it has a lot to do with the temperature of the liquid when it went over the pipe in the container. The hot water lost a lot of heat when it went into the measuring cup with room temperature vinegar.
Check out the video below to see the results and tell me your favorite ways to clean glass with or without alcohol.
For halloween this year, I decided to dress up as Dwight Schrute. And then I thought I'd take it a step further by doing an entire episode as dear Dwight and make a delicious roasted beet salad (the original recipe can be found here).
I made a few changes to the dressing recipe to make it cannabis infused. And definitely not vegan (sorry people, I know there are a few of you).
For the dressing, I infused the bacon fat with about 1.5 grams of kief. I'm not sure what the dosage/salad would be, but the full batch probably had 500-700mg of THC. It's harder to tell since this kief all comes from the bottoms of my and my partner's grinder.
Cannabis tinctures are so versatile. You can use them to make candy and other sugar based edibles. You can take them sublingually (or under the tongue). You can reduce the alcohol to almost nothing to make a gel to fill capsules with.
They're also a lot easier to make than I would have imagined. In this week's episode of Lunch With Lo, I'm discussing two different ways to make tinctures. One that requires almost no equipment (but a lot of time); and the other which I've kind of showcased previously in the Cannasugar episode.
For either method you will need:
Method 1, the long way:
Method 2, the quick way, electric stoves and hotplates only:
In my opinion you should go with the quick method because, why wait for two weeks for something you can have in an hour? Right? Of course, if you're using a gas stove or you don't have adequate ventilation, please don't do the quick method. You also shouldn't light a bowl or a blunt in the kitchen while you're cooking up a tincture because ALCOHOL VAPORS ARE HIGHLY FLAMMABLE.
Let me repeat that:
Don't get us all in trouble because you think you know better. Just open a window and wait 30 minutes to get high, ok?
Do you like your iced tea sweet or unsweet? I kind of like them both but it really depends on the day which one I would grab first.
This recipe is definitely sweet. And it is also delicious. I took my cannasugar recipe to make some peach simple syrup to make this delcious, seasonal iced tea. Perfect for the last few scorching hot days of summer over the labor day weekend.
Cannasugar is the only infused ingredient in this recipe so you really ought to go back and watch that episode if you're unfamiliar with the method.
This week I'm showing off a really cool hack I read about years ago that will allow you to infuse butter without using a strainer or cheesecloth. This is a great hack if you don't have all the tools and equipment to strain out your flower from your butter. This method will work with any fat that solidifies when cool (think coconut oil, animal fat, shortening, etc).
I was really surprised at how well this hack worked. Since water and oil do not mix, as the butter and water cools, it separates. This I expected. What I didn't expect was how well it would filter out the cannabis flower from the butter making it easy to separate.
This free recipe books contains the perfect solutions for beating the munchies while still getting nutritious foods. Sweet and salty is the name of this game.