RECIPE: Cannabis-infused Salted Caramel

October 30, 2020

In episode 49 of Pot Lunch with Lo, I'm showing you how to make cannabis-infused salted caramel for a delicious fall…

October 30, 2020

In episode 49 of Pot Lunch with Lo, I'm showing you how to make cannabis-infused salted caramel for a delicious fall snack: caramel dipped apple slices. 

For this recipe, I used the cannabutter that I made in episode number 46: Pot Pantry Prep

To make the butter, decarboxylate your cannabis in an oven that has been preheated to 240 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes. Then add your flower, and butter to a mason jar. Add the mason jar to a large pot of cold water, and bring that up to a boil for 1.5-2 hours. If you need to add more water to your pot, make sure to add hot water (hot from your tap is fine). 

Tools

  • Medium-sized saucepot
  • Measuring cups, spoon
  • Whisk
  • Airtight container

Ingredients

Method

  1. Heat sugar over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepot. Use a pot larger than you think. Stir constantly to ensure it doesn't burn. 
  2. Once the sugar has melted completely, add butter one piece at a time and stir until it's fully incorporated until adding the next piece. 
  3. Once all of the butter has been incorporated, slowly stream in the heavy cream, stirring the entire time. Once added fully, let the mixture boil for 1 minute. 
  4. Remove from heat, add the salt. Allow cooling a bit before using. Store in an airtight container in your fridge. Gently warm up in the microwave as needed.

Possible uses

  • Dip apple slices into it
  • Pour into molds to make soft buttery caramels
  • Make caramel hot chocolate or salted caramel coffee 
  • Top your holiday pies or desserts with it

Watch this episode down below and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube. 

October 23, 2020

Hey buds! 

This week on Pot Lunch I'm going to show you how to make a cannabis-infused harvest punch that is sure to make your friends and family beg you for more. This is an easy to make recipe and would be delightful dropped off in mason jars for a social distant Thanksgiving. 

For this recipe, you will need to know how to make an alcohol-based cannabis tincture. I prefer the alcohol mash method. Start by decarboxylating your flower in an oven that has been preheated to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake your flower on a baking sheet for 45 minutes. Optionally, you can cover the flower and baking sheet with some tin foil. Place your decarbed flower into a mason jar, cover with Everclear, and then mash it for 3 minutes with the handle end of a spoon. Strain out the flower from the alcohol then return the flower to the jar, cover with some more alcohol and then repeat the process for 3 more minutes. Recommended but also optional: cook the alcohol down in a small saucepot over low heat. c

You can also watch this method in the Pot Pantry Prep video

Tools

  • Pitcher large enough to hold 14 cups of liquid
  • Measuring cups
  • Knife 
  • Cutting board
  • Large spoon 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Cannabis tincture made with alcohol like Everclear
  • 5 cups of Apple Cider or unfiltered Apple Juice
  • 6 cups of sparkling water
  • 2 cups of lemonade
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • A few sprigs of fresh rosemary 
  • 1 orange 
  • 2-3 apples

Method: 

  1. Add tincture apple juice, lemonade, orange juice, and rosemary to a large pitcher and mix well. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes up to overnight. 
  2. Remove pitcher from the fridge. Add sparkling water. 
  3. Slice orange and apples. Add to the pitcher. 
  4. Serve over ice with a garnish of rosemary in a cinnamon sugar-rimmed glass. 

Watch this video down below and don't forget to subscribe to my channel on YouTube. 

October 16, 2020

Hey there buds! 

This week on Pot Lunch, I'm showing you how to easily infuse a simple berry smoothie with 1 tablespoon of cannabis-infused coconut oil. This is one of my favorite quick breakfasts. It's a pretty easy one, you just need a blender. 

As an additional note, if you don't have a very strong blender or are just using an immersion blender, omit the ice and replace it with more milk or some water and you should be good to go. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (your choice, I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • ½ banana 
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp infused liquid coconut oil

Tools

  • Measuring cups 
  • Measuring spoon 
  • Blender

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender. 
  2. Blend. 
  3. Drink.

October 14, 2020

I love taking edibles. But what I don’t always love is the time it takes to make infusions. Let’s face it, it’s kind of a project. While I’ve found that it’s a mostly hands off process, it is time consuming. That’s why I like to make multiple infusions at once. 

In this episode of Pot Lunch with Lo, I’m going to show you how I make a moth (or more) of infused ingredients in just one afternoon. all in all, this process takes about 3 hours with plenty of time to chill and smoke. 

For this round, I made 1 cup of butter, 1 cup of liquid coconut oil, and about ⅓ of a cup of tincture. 

Tools you will need

  • Baking sheet
  • 3 mason jars
  • Large sauce pot
  • Mesh strainer
  • Cheese cloth
  • Spatula
  • Scale
  • Tin foil
  • Tea towel

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter
  • Liquid coconut oil 
  • Everclear or other high proof grain alcohol 
  • Cannabis

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Roughly break up the flower and spread in an even layer on the baking sheet. If you’re using separate strains for each infusion, make sure to mark and separate them in some way. Cover sheet with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and let the cannabis come to room temperature before uncovering the pan. 
  3. Add butter and/or oil to a mason jar. Top with decarboxylated cannabis flower. Loosely seal the jar with the lid. 
  4. Place the mason jar inside of a sauce pot. Optional, rest jar on a tea towel. Fill the pot with enough water to come past the butter/oil and flower, but not so much that the jar is floating. 
  5. Bring water to a boil. Allow it to boil on the stove top for 1.5-2 hours. Make sure water doesn’t completely evaporate. If it does look low, add hot water only. 
  6. While the fats are simmering, place decarboxylated flower in a small mason jar. Add enough everclear to just cover the flower. Using the end of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mash the flower for three minutes. 
  7. Strain cannabis from the alcohol using a cheesecloth lined mesh strainer. Add the flower back into the jar, cover with more alcohol, then repeat the mashing for an additional three minutes. 
  8. Strain cannabis from the alcohol again. Add all of the alcohol to a small sauce pot and gently simmer on stove top for about a half hour or until the alcohol has reduced by half. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place. 
  9. When the butter and/or coconut oil are ready, turn the stove top off and allow the jars to cool enough to touch. 
  10. Once cool enough to touch, open the jars and strain out the flower using a mesh strainer lined with cheesecloth. Store liquid oils in bottles. Amber or dark bottles are best, but as long as it is air tight and stored in a cabinet, it should be fine. Butter should be poured out into smaller molds for easier use. But any shallow container should work well. Store butter in the fridge once it had solidified. 

Pretty easy, right? You can watch the full method on my YouTube channel or embedded in this page down below.




October 9, 2020

I’ve been pretty lucky in that my family has gifted me a lot of cookware over the years. When my grandmother was still alive there wasn’t a Christmas or birthday that she didn’t give me something to fill my kitchen with. At the time I was barely an adult and would often look at what she’d given me thinking, “Wtf am I going to do with a roasting pan? You’re the one who makes the turkey, Grammy.” Of course, she knew she wouldn’t always make the turkey, and here I am a decade and a half later, still roasting in that same pan. 

However, not all of my favorite pieces have come as gifts or hand me downs. Many pieces I’ve bought over the years on my own and on a small budget. Today I’m going to share with you some tips on how to find the best deals on quality pieces. 

Thrift stores 

There are a lot of things I wouldn’t buy second hand. Underwear, hairbrushes, and back massagers come to mind specifically (I shudder to think about the person who buys any of those things second hand, if that’s you, please email me your cash app). Cookware is not on that list. 

Thrift stores are a treasure trove of quality cookware. Especially cast iron skillets and griddles. Not sure why these are always well-stocked but they are. 

And not only is the thrift store a great place to shop for secondhand kitchenware, but it’s also so affordable. You obviously don’t get the guarantee that what you need will be available, but it’s always worth taking a look there first. 

Find a local cookware store and check for closeouts and sidewalk sales

The local cookware shop in my city, Sparrowhawk Cookware, always has amazing sidewalk sales and deals. Sometimes there is some overstock they need to get rid of; sometimes they were just able to secure a great price on otherwise high ticket items (like earlier this summer when they were able to get special deals on Le Creuset pieces). 

Follow those local shops on social media and pay attention to when they might have sales. You may find a deal of a lifetime on an heirloom-quality piece of cookware. 

Seach restaurant wholesale stores

This is kind of my special secret but there are a few online restaurant suppliers that have great prices on cookware. On some of the less expensive items you can expect pieces that are a bit more utilitarian than stylish, but they do the job and it’s affordable enough that you don’t necessarily care if they get messed up, dinged, or broken. This is a great place to look if you’ve recently moved on your own and need to replace or build your cookware collection from scratch. I’ve used Webstaurant before but there are others out there. Just be sure to look out for the materials and keep in mind that aluminum is lightweight and also a little on the flimsy side. But it works. 

Check discount stores

My favorite discount stores are Kohls and Overstock. Overstock is a great first place to check especially if you’re looking for kitchen appliances. I purchased a Kitchenaid Professional Series standing mixer a few years ago for less than the price of the not professional one. It was still a splurge but it was like half the regular price. I use it all the time and it was worth every penny. 

Discount stores are all over a great place to shop for deals. Kohl’s has an awesome selection of smaller kitchen tools like whisks, spatulas, and knives. In my opinion, they tend to be of high quality and lower in price, just the way I like it. 

Homegoods, Christmas Tree Shop, and TJ Maxx are also great options to browse, but I also think you’re more likely to find lower quality items at all three of those stores, versus Kohl’s or Overstock. 

How to tell if it’s good quality

Some items, you’ll be able to tell just by looking at or holding it. But to be sure you’re instincts are up to snuff, I recommend going to a high-end store and just checking stuff out. Pick items up and inspect them. Make notes about the materials of the whisks; the weight; the size. Check how the handles are attached to the pots. 

With some of the lower quality items, you’ll notice that the pieces are smaller and more flimsy. Or that handles are looser or feel less sturdy. 

It’s best to just go looking for the expensive stuff in a store where you can get your hands on it so you can compare. You don’t really need to spend the kind of money they’re asking for if you can shop for kindly used second-hand or clearance items. 

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