Once Colorado residents are of age to consume marijuana recreationally, one of the more popular ways to do so is edibles. What was once a field dominated by brownies has now expanded to everything from baked goods to olive oil to Swedish meatballs. But pot is not your average ingredient, which is why many people have been taking marijuana cooking classes from Blaine Alexandr-Hein, a private chef who teaches for My420Tours.com out of Colorado.
Alexandr-Hein says his goal is to keep the integrity and flavors of the food without overwhelming them with the flavor of pot. The secret to that is the tincture that he makes, chronicled below.
Chef Blaine provided us with a series of recipes that he gives to the folks who take his class.
Chef Blaine's Recipes
Gluten-Free Trail Mix
- 5 cups oats
- 1/2 cup Coconut
- 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of Dried Ginger
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil-Infused (see below)
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil
- 2 tablespoons of Almond Extract
- 2 tablespoons of Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup Honey
- 6 tablespoons of Frozen Apple Juice
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Take brown sugar, coconut and almond oil, almond & vanilla extract, honey and apple juice mix in medium size sauce pot. Stir until smooth and blended. In separate mixing bowl mix oats, dried ginger, and cinnamon. Coat oats with honey mix. Bake for 20- 25 minutes. Check and mix every 10 minutes to flip the oats. When finished mix with other desired ingredients.
- Desired amount of dried cannabis
- 2 mason jars w/ screw on lids
- Everclear 95% alcohol
- 1 coffee filter
- Smashing device
- Double Boiler
Smash dry cannabis flower or leafs in to mason jar A. Cover with solvent about 1-inch above matter, we will be using Everclear. Decarboxylase cannabis (bring up to boil in double boiler). Allow to set in dark cool place from 72 hours up to 30 days.
Bring back up to boil (make sure if just using a pot you have a rack in the bottom. Exposing mason jars to direct heat could cause jars to break). Cover mason jar B with coffee filter, screw on the ring for the lid of jar so the filter is held in place, and begin to pour slowly. Once all liquid has be filtered out, place jar back in boiling water and let the Everclear begin to simmer. Remember not too hot, you can burn the cannabis over 165 degrees. Check every 15 minutes. Very little liquid will remain when getting close to completion. When at this state if making a bulk tincture and you want to use it in several different carries, now is the time to measure out the extract equally into as many jars as you choose. Lower temperature of water when that happens and watch very closely. When finished you will not be able to smell any alcohol, just a floral scent and the liquid will have turned into a thick black reduction. Incorporate into oils, honeys, butters, etc.
- 1 gram hash = 3 treats
- 1 gram flower = 2 treats
- 1 gram trim/ leaves = 1 treat
If you make your reduction with 100 grams of trim and mix that with 1 cup of coconut oil, every ¼ cup will equal 25 grams or 25 treats.
Infusing cooking oils with the marijuana tincture
With some basic math we can figure out how to make each piece of what we’re making dosed properly and accurately. When working with bulk tincture it's often easier to dedicate your extraction you have made following Tincture A’s contents to one type of carrier.
For instance, if you made 1 ounce worth of extract there are 28 grams in play. That means if you used trim there are 28, 1 gram doses available. If you used all flower there are about 56, 1 gram doses. If you used hash there are about 84, 1 gram doses.
You need to understand that if a recipe makes 8 - 9 pieces and calls for ½ cup of oil you, have three recipes worth of tincture made so you will need 1 ½ cups of you carrier mixed into the jar and you will have 3 recipes worth of infused oil, butter, etc. After the carrier is introduced to your cannabis extract it is important to put it back into the double boiler on medium for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
Coconut oil — step by step breakdown
- Starting with finished cannabis extract following Tincture A’s guidelines:
- Measure out your coconut oil
- Mix with cannabis extract
- Bring up to temperature in double boiler
- Stir occasionally
Disclaimer: KPCC does not endorse Chef Blaine's recipes.