April 24, 2020
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.
March 27, 2020
How are you doing, buds? I hope you're staying safe and you're able to stay home. If you're still having to work outside of the home, that likely means your an essential worker (or your boss is a dick), either way, thank you for your service to the community. I appreciate you, always have, and always will.
This week on Lunch With Lo, I am going to show you how to infuse coconut milk and then I'm going to turn that coconut milk into a delicious dairy-free version of chocolate ice cream. According to my husband, this recipe tastes exactly like a fudgesicle.
March 6, 2020
It's my birthday! And while I don't really love cake and am not usually a very festive person, I totally felt in the mood this year and decided to whip up some infused cupcakes. Plus I still had some of that Instant Pot infused butter in my fridge and I really wanted to use it. Cupcakes with buttercream frosting sounded like the perfect idea.
Unfortunately, I decided that using the IP for infusions is not the way to go if you don't like the taste of cannabis. Overall in both the butter and the olive oil, there was an overwhelming flavor of cannabis.
These cupcakes were pretty good. I think I make have over cooked them just a little bit too long at 20 minutes. Or it could just be that it's an edible and edibles are kind of dry for some reason.
Ingredients for the cupcakes:
Ingredients for the strawberry buttercream:
This is such a great recipe to make a small batch of cupcakes for just one or two people to enjoy, or for a small gathering.
March 3, 2020
Brown sugar is an essential ingredient in any kitchen. Whether you like to bake or make your own sauces and glazes. It's needed in a variety of recipes. And now that I feel I have mastered the art of making cannasugar I thought it was time to take the next step and make my own cannabis-infused brown sugar.
To make cannabis brown sugar, I pretty much just took my stovetop tincture recipe to make regular white cannasugar. After the oven drying process, you just add one tablespoon of molasses per cup of white sugar and blend it together. It's so simple to make and will give you even more possibilities for cannabis-infused foods.
February 25, 2020
This week I decided to put the Instant Pot I received for Christmas to the ultimate stoner test: can you use the IP to make cannabutter or cannabis-infused oil?
I stumbled across some tips and a suggested method in a comment on Reddit. I do not remember the link but if you search for it in there, I'm sure you'll find the same instructions I am about to share below.
Apparently you can use the IP to not only infuse your fats, but it can also decarb the cannabis too.
I was pretty impressed with the ease of this method. I also felt it didn't release the scent into my entire house, which was an added bonus. On the downside, I'm not sure the final product resulted in as potent of infusions as I have come to expect with other methods.
For the olive oil, I used 1/8th of cannabis for 1 cup. At maximum infusion, I would have ended up with about 535mg THC. In the butter, I used 1/4th of slightly more concentrated cannabis. At the maximum, this was about 1600mg THC/cup.
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.