Cooking with CBD is a good way to enjoy its benefits and branch out into various forms of application. Before you get started there are a few things to know.
CBD is fat soluble. It blends with oils and fats. Keep this in mind when you prep. Next is it’s not water-soluble. Oil and water don’t mix. you can sprinkle isolates on a salad or add it to juice but because it won’t combine you run the risk of wasting it. The most common and accurate way to use it is to infuse nonflavored CBD oil into other oil-based forms, butter, coconut, vegetable, olive oils are a good place to start. Use refined oil at first, these are more neutral in flavor and work best with baking or sauces.
Most CBD oil products are hemp oil based which in itself has a unique flavor at best. As you get more familiar with the tastes and flavors you can try unrefined CBD oils, and blend various spices and herbs, mint, oregano, clove, garlic orange peel. A limitless palette playing with the flavor of the oil itself.
CBD evaporates at around 320* degrees Fahrenheit, so a good rule of thumb is to stay around 200 degrees and just go-slow. Don’t add CBD oils to direct heat it will make the taste very thick and bitter, blend slowly and STIR often. Stay with low heat. This also gives you the option of adding alcohol like rum, vodka, and whiskey and maintain their flavors as well.
Good advice is to start with small doses and add more to get the flavor and effect you like. Remember CBD doesn’t have a taste but hemp oil does and most all companies add flavors to mask it. The flavors are endless, some good, some awful, but all are very concentrated. Something to note when you are pairing flavors.
When preparing isolates note of the amount of CBD and strength. For example, 1 gram of isolate contains 1000 mg of CBD. Mixed with 2 ounces of oil, every 1 ml will contain 16 mg of CBD. This is a sliding scale. Take into consideration the number of people being served or the number of edibles being made. Most glass eye droppers hold at least 1 ml.
Slowly heat the oil (remember low heat) then add the isolate and stir. After about 5 to 10 minutes it will be infused and will be a thin clean oil. Now it is ready to use or store. If storing, place it in a cool dry place, or store in the refrigerator with a tight-fitting lid. I like to use a dark glass jar it makes it easy to reheat and stops the CBD /THC from receiving direct light, which breaks down all cannabis over time.
Cooking with CBD is a great way to break up your supplemental intake, and a good way to get around the taste and feeling of thick oils on your teeth & taste buds. Give it a try you might be pleasantly surprised.
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