By Soilent Green
photograph by Joey Lozano
Do you ever wonder what to do with your trim after harvest or when pruning your plants? Here is an excellent recipe that solves the problem of what to do with your excess trim and provides you with a base for many, many delicious Cannabis recipes.
Sugar leaves that appear towards the end of the flowering stage are covered in THC making them suitable for making high quality medicine.It is recommended that you save any trim material using a plain paper bag stored in a dry, dark, and ventilated area to preserve the leaves longer prior to preparing the recipe. If stored in the freezer, cannabutter may be enjoyed as needed for up to 6 months giving it a longer shelf-life than refrigeration alone.
1/4 lb. of trim
1 lb. of unsalted organic butter (4 sticks)
2-4 cups of purified water
Warning This recipe is known to produce a VERY strong aroma that is easily recognizable. Please use caution and common sense in deciding where to prepare the following…
Combine the 2 cups of water, 1/4 lb. trim, and 1 lb.of butter into a large Crock-Pot. Set to the “keep warm” setting.
Some of the older Crock-Pot models may not have this setting, in which case, it can be kept at the “low heat” setting.
You may want to stir the mix about once every hour to make sure it does not get too hot and start sticking to the sides of the Crock-Pot.
The mix should be cooked for a minimum of 8 hours, although it is advised to cook the mix for 12 hours for better results since it allows the THC to bond with the fats in the butter.
Make sure you keep the temperature of the mix on the lowest setting to keep it from burning.
It is also a good idea to add a few cups of water to cool down the mix throughout the cooking process.
After allowing the mixture plenty of time to cook properly, care must be taken to strain the resulting liquid out of any remaining plant matter in to a large freezable container as it will be very hot at this point.
The finer the mesh on the strainer used the better, it will remove a greater amount of unwanted plant matter from the oil/water mix resulting in butter of higher purity.
Place the container in the freezer and wait a few hours, the butter will rise to the top and the water will freeze on the bottom separating the two.
The butter is now ready to be enjoyed on your morning toast, use it to grease your pan, or use it as a substitute for regular butter in any of your favorite recipes.
Important Tip: Do NOT throw away the ice left at the bottom of container as it can be added in any recipe that uses water: pastas, rice, soups, noodles, steamed veggies, etc! Enjoy!