How to Cook Cannabutter in a CrockpotJanuary 26, 2022
Why Should You Use a Crockpot to Make Cannabutter?
You could take the long, hard route and make cannabutter the traditional way — but why would you when the slow cooker method is incredibly simple and almost impossible to get wrong?
If you’re someone who makes cannabis edibles regularly or would like to start, Crockpot cannabutter is exactly what your dreams are made of.
What’s so great about Crockpot cannabutter? The following two reasons are enough proof for us.
Although, if you don’t have a slow cooker and are looking for ways to make cannabutter, check out these other easy cannabutter recipes.
Crockpot cannabutter is almost as easy (if not easier) than making your favorite Sunday dinner.
Making cannabis butter in a slower cooker helps you maintain a constant temperature without constantly having to check on it. There’s no special equipment required; simply set-it-and-forget-it — well, at least not have to worry about it.
Crockpot Cannabutter Is Difficult to Burn
Making cannabutter is generally a little more difficult when you choose to make it on a stovetop. This is because it runs the risk of burning or boiling the product — and so oftentimes, you have to watch it carefully for several hours.
Crockpot Cannabutter is the perfect solution. Although you’ll still have to check on the cannabutter and stir it occasionally, the Crockpot cannabutter is a lower-maintenance option that yields great results!
How to Make Cannabutter Using a Crockpot
Cannabutter is the basis for almost all cannabis baked goods, so once you’ve mastered it, you’re set! Let’s jump into how to make cannabutter using a Crockpot or slow cooker.
#1: Gather Your Supplies
Start by making sure you have all the supplies and ingredients you need. Nothing is more frustrating than starting a recipe, realizing you don’t have everything you need and having to stop mid-mess to get the supplies you’re missing.
This Crockpot Cannabutter recipe calls for the following ingredients:
- 15 grams of decarbonated cannabis
- 1 pound of butter
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower lecithin — this works as an emulsifier
Aside from the ingredients and your slow cooker, you will need the following supplies:
- Baking sheet or oven-safe baking dish
- A filter, cheesecloth, or micron bag
- A glass jar
- A large kitchen spoon; and a
- Cooking thermometer
Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients and supplies, you’re ready to get started on the easiest Crockpot cannabis butter.
#2: Decarb the Cannabis
Getting started means decarbing the cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process that turns acidic versions of cannabis into common, well-known forms of cannabis.
Decarbing the cannabis means heating it up and removing or releasing the carboxyl. It’s turning inactive compounds in cannabis into active compounds. Decarbing typically does the following, it turns…
So, how do you decarb cannabis?
Preheat your oven to 245°F.
While your oven preheats, finely grind the cannabis and spread it evenly on a baking sheet or an oven-safe-baking dish. Cover the pan with a lid or with tin foil and place it in the oven for 45 minutes, occasionally stirring to ensure that the cannabis heats evenly.
When it is done, your cannabis should have a stronger smell and be a bit darker in color than it was prior to decarboxylating it.
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Can You Make Cannabutter Without Decarbing?
Although it is possible to make cannabutter and still have medicinal benefits without decarboxylating it, we don’t recommend it.
To maximize the potency and effects of your cannabutter, decarboxylating it is necessary. Otherwise, you’re risking being left with a weak, inactive canna-baked treat.
#3: Melt Butter in the Crockpot
Once your cannabutter has been decarboxylated, plug in your Crockpot or slow cooker and set it to the highest temperature. Add in the butter and sunflower lecithin and let it melt — don’t burn it.
After the butter has melted you’re ready to add in your decarbed cannabis.
#4: Start the Cooking Process
That’s it. Now you’re ready to start cooking your cannabutter. Add the flower into the slow cooker and close the lid.
The cooking process will begin.
The butter and cannabis slowly melt into each other during this process, infusing the THC into the oils.
As the butter heats up, you’ll notice that a frothy white coating will begin to develop. This is the milk solids. If you want a more clarified end-product, you can skim the froth away from the surface — or you can leave the frothiness there, it won’t affect the potency.
How Long to Cook Cannabutter in the Crockpot
Check the temperature of your cannabutter regularly. Once it reaches 220°F, turn the slow cooker to the lowest temperature and allow the cannabutter to cook for five hours.
What Temperature Do You Slow Cook Cannabutter At?
Crockpot cannabutter cooks well at around 160°F.
Because slow cooker temperatures vary, we recommend keeping your kitchen thermometer on hand to ensure that it does not go above 200°F — any higher and you’re risking burning the cannabutter.
If you’re worried about scorching the cannabutter, add a teaspoon or two of water to the slow cooker while it cooks.
#5: Remove From Heat and Filter the Cannabutter
The aromas of the butter will tell you that the butter is done cooking.
When your cannabutter has cooked — after five hours — turn off the Crockpot and let it cool slowly, this usually takes up to an hour.
Now, it’s time to filter (or strain) the mixture into a storage container. Don’t skip this step, as you don’t want plant material in your final product.
You can do this using a filter, sieve, or cheesecloth. If using a cheesecloth, there’s no need to squeeze the cloth. This also risks plant material being left in the final product.
Once completely cooled, seal the butter in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
Does Crockpot Cannabutter Smell When You Cook It?
As we mentioned earlier, once the butter is cooked, your entire house will smell of cannabis.
One of the most common questions we get about making cannabutter is “Is there a way to make cannabutter without smelling up my house?”
The answer is: Yes!
How to Make Crockpot Cannabutter Smell Less
To make Crockpot cannabutter and not have to worry about the potent aroma, simply place the marijuana and butter into a mason jar and seal it.
Then, put a washcloth along the inside of the Crockpot — this prevents the simmering from moving the jars around during extraction.
What Can You Do With Cannabutter Made in the Crockpot?
The wonderful thing about Crockpot cannabutter (or cannabutter made using any method) is that it can be easily incorporated into recipes that call for regular butter.
Cannabutter can be used to make an endless amount of cannabis-infused edibles, including:
- Breads and muffins — strawberry breads, banana breads, etc.
- Pasta sauces
- And more
By Carleen Krug from Hail Mary Jane