How to Make Green Butter
You can infuse almost any food with it!
By Dana Howard
Previously published in, The Evolution Magazine
The night before I was sitting down to write this article, a friend came to visit me at the restaurant. She sat at the bar with her husband like normal, and we had a great conversation. I shared a macaron with them, like usual, and while we were talking, she said, “Dana, I have something for you.” She slipped me a folded piece of paper and smiled. I opened the paper and read the top line, “Green Butter.” I immediately told her, that’s the topic of my next article, and then asked her where in my head she had been hiding!
What I noticed was that she was almost nervous and scared to hand me that notepaper, and she said she wrote it down because she was scared to email it to me. I giggled, but I quickly changed my tune because I remembered how afraid I was when I began infusing foods with my catering. What we must not forget is that infusing food and making edibles for medicinal purposes is not a new thing at all.
The book “A Brief History of Cooking with Marijuana” by Robert Sietsema suggests that folks were infusing cannabis into their beverages as early as the 10th century in India! Throughout history, this plant has been used for medicinal purposes. Although the practice of infusing for edible consumption is not new, the U.S. prohibition of cannabis and the War on Drugs has created a stigma and instilled fear in some folks, making cannabis a taboo subject. Thank goodness most states are realizing that Medical Marijuana is a blessing and should not be kept from the people.
Today, dispensaries are providing safe, American grown bud, and patients are allowed to grow at home to ensure they get the strains and the quality they prefer. Okay, I know, I am supposed to be talking about food. I just had to take this opportunity to say it is legally okay to talk about cannabis. The more we talk about it, the more we share our success stories and give canna recipes to our friends, the more normal it will become to everyone.
As a French-trained chef, I use butter in Everything! I use butter like Julia Childs; that’s a lot of butter! Honestly, if you Google canna butter on your phone, you will find pages and pages of recipes, but we will use my friend’s recipe here for nostalgic purposes. She said it came from her vault, meaning that she “really” had it locked away, possibly since the ‘70s. I laughed because, to my knowledge, she doesn’t use cannabis! Maybe she was a hippie in a past life. A recipe like this one is something that has been passed on through generations. I feel so lucky that she passed it along to me and now to you.
So, what is the power of canna butter? As I mentioned, I use butter in everything. I even put it on my steaks sometimes when I am finishing them in the oven. Having canna butter on hand is super great because you can infuse almost any food with it. All you do is substitute a tablespoon of your normal butter with canna butter, and, bam, you have an infused dish! Yes, it is that easy. Use it in a muffin mix, use it in your gravy, use it in anything! I would always start your dose with a tablespoon, or for those who do not use cannabis as often or are just starting, use a half of a tablespoon. Try it and wait a couple of hours to see how you feel. Remember to wait a couple of hours to make sure your body has had time to metabolize the THC. It can take that long to feel the effects.
When I make canna butter, I use my Active Gear Guy infusion machine. It does all the work for me, even decarbing (email me and I can get you one), but if you don’t have an infuser on hand, this recipe is sure to get the job done.
· ½ cup of salted butter
· ¼ cup of ground cannabis buds (decarbed) for decarbing cannabis see my January recipe in The EVOLUTION Magazine
1. Melt butter on low heat in a saucepan
2. Add decarbed cannabis
3. Simmer on low for 45 minutes, stirring often
4. Strain the butter with cheesecloth into a glass jar, then transfer to a butter mold if desired
5. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator or freezer for future use
Yes, it is that easy. The whole process is extremely gratifying, and you will be glad you did it because just a tablespoon will give you all the wonderful benefits of your medical cannabis without smoking. Enjoy your canna butter! Feel free to email me pictures of your new canna creations, and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!