How to Cook With Cannabis This Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving is a holiday for spending time with friends and family over a heaping platter of comfort food, so why not celebrate this year with a special Thanksgiving dinner? After all, 2012 will go down in history as the year Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana, giving cannabis users a lot to be thankful for. Plus, incorporating easy-to-make cannabutter into traditional recipes will give your dinner conversation an extra buzz, not to mention help you and your guests to clean your plates. So, for those of you spending this Thursday with weed-friendly friends and family, here's a quick guide to cooking with cannabis.
Cannabutter. Making cannabutter is the first and most important step to create a THC-rich meal.
1. Pour a few cups of water into a large saucepan and bring to boil. For every ounce of marijuana, add one pound or four sticks of butter (or one ounce of oil for vegans).
2. Once the butter is boiling, add weed, making sure it is floating about an inch-and-a-half from the pan's bottom, and turn the stove to a lower heat. (Keep in mind that you can use vaporized bud, and that high-quality weed is not necessary to get a good buzz.)
3. Without burning the butter, heat the ingredients for at least an hour (the longer, the better) until the mixture resembles a thick, saucy liquid. Then, use the finest strainer you've got to remove the cannabis from the butter.
4. Let the cannabutter sit in the refrigerator overnight so the water and butter separate as the cannabutter collects on top. Pour the water into the sink while blocking the cannabutter with, for example, a Tupperware lid.
Now that you've got your cannabutter ready to go, it's time to incorporate it into your favorite Thanksgiving foods. As you'll see, you can add cannabutter to pretty much anything, making for a wide variety of possible canna-snacks and entrees.
Let's Start With An Appetizer
Green-bean casserole is a regular dish at my family's Thanksgiving dinner (which, unfortunately, will not include cannabutter this year, or ever). Spruce up your recipe by adding cannabutter, or use the one below, from Coed Magazine:
Cannabutter Green Bean Casserole
Cooking time 30 mins, Serves 10 – 12
• 2 cans Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
• 1 cup milk (fat free or 2%)
• 1 onion finely diced
• 2 tablespoons cannabutter
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 8 cups cooked cut green beans
• 1 cup French Fried Onions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a large skillet sauté the chopped onion in a little cannabutter over medium heat for a few minutes until cooked.
3. Stir in the canned mushroom soup, milk, salt and pepper, green beans and 1 tablespoon of cannabutter and mix well until it's all warmed through.
4. Using the leftover cannabutter grease the casserole dish.
5. Transfer to the casserole dish, sprinkle with French Fried Onions and bake for 15 mins or until hot and bubbling.
The Main Course
Nothing is more important on Turkey Day than the turkey, and even that can be infused with cannabis. From Culture Magazine, here’s how to make this Thanksgiving’s main dish extra special:
What you need:
1 medium-sized (12- to 15-pound) turkey
1/2 cup marijuana butter
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon sweet basil