CannaButter: Instant Pot
Instant Pot? Really?
When I first started venturing into making edibles, I’ve learned that there were complaints related to time requirement and the smell from the decarboxylation process. It was this that deterred me from trying it. After going through a rabbit hole, I stumbled into a reddit post that used an Instant Pot. Lucky for me, I have one laying around. I was skeptical at first, but after trying it, this my go to method. Even at a crunch, I’m able to whip up some edibles with in 3 hours.
Lets Make Cannabutter with the Instant Pot
- Butter or any oil based products such as Coconut oil, MCT oil, Olive oil, etc (please note that each oil will have a different infusion efficiency)
- Scale that can measure to a minimum of tenth of a decimal place. For example, your scale should be able to measure 1.2 grams (if it doesn’t, then your scale will likely round up or down to the nearest gram which can miscalculate your dosing)
- Dried Cannabis Flower (if you want high psychoactive effect, get Cannabis that is higher in THC)
- Mason Jar
- Instant Pot
From a recipe, determine how many servings the recipe will make.
Calculate the amount of dried flower you require for the concentration you wish to have in each serving of your edible
Measure out the required flower and the proceed to grind your flower
Place your grounded flower into the mason jar and hand tight the lid. Place the mason jar inside the Instant Pot with the steam rack.
Fill the Instant Pot with water until the water line passes the flower in the mason jar. NOTE: It is important that you do not over fill the water such that the mason jar starts to float
Decarboxylation: Set the instant pot to manual and high pressure for 40 minutes. After the 40 minutes is done, let Instant Pot sit for another 10 minutes before doing a quick release.
Infusing: Take the mason jar out (caution: hot) – an add the butter into the mason jar. Place the jar back into the pot and set the instant pot for manual and high pressure for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is done, let the Instant Pot sit for 20 minutes and do a quick release. Separate the butter from the cannabis using a strainer.
That’s it, let the butter or oil cool down and proceed with your recipe
Instant Pot in Your Instant Pot: The No-Mess, No-Smell Method to Making Quick Cannabutter
The Instant Pot is having a moment. In addition to making fork-tender ribs in minutes, you can use the magic countertop pressure cooker to make a batch of cannabutter in five steps, without arousing any olfactory suspicions. It’s the stuff Ron Popeil would dream of—set it and forget it!—if Ron Popeil was cool. All you need for this recipe for making quick cannabutter is bud, canning jars (the type with the lid and ring), a fat of your choice, and pantyhose.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have pantyhose, you can use cheesecloth or even a lightweight clean T-shirt. Anything that will strain out fine particles will work—but pantyhose were our test kitchen star.
Step 1: Decarb in the Jar
Grind your weed. Stretch the pantyhose around the mouth of the canning jar(s), and pour the finely-ground weed into the DIY filter. Pop the lids and rings on, and gently screw closed. Set the jars in a 225-degree oven for about 30 minutes, or on the “Slow Cook” setting on your Instant Pot for 35 minutes. The weed is decarbed and fully activated once it smells piney and turns a deep green.
Step 2: Add Fat
You can use pretty much any fat you like. Butter and coconut oil are great for baking with. Olive and avocado oil make for lightly-flavored finishing oils for savory foods. Note: Don’t fill jars more than 3/4 full.
Step 3: Apply Pressure
Set the jars in your Instant Pot. Add water to the pot until it’s halfway up the side of the jars with lids on finger-tight (firmly, but not super tight). Press the “Pressure Cook” button once, lock the lid, and you’re almost done. The timer will set itself for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Cool it
Once the timer goes off, pull the pressure release valve and remove the jars from the pot using tongs. Let the jars cool before you handle them in the final step.
Step 5: Strain
Unscrew the lid, gather the filter like a tea bag, and squeeze every drop of the buttery goodness into the jar. Remove the filter with the strained weed, tighten the lid, and your cannabutter is ready to eat or refrigerate. Depending on the size of your Instant Pot and your jars, you can make several pounds of butter in one go without skunking up your kitchen.
Bonus: The butter-soaked weed leftovers make a great addition to granola. Combine with toasted nuts, dark chocolate, and dried cherries.If you love cooking with cannabis but aren't wild about the aroma it leaves in your kitchen, cooking with an Instant Pot might be the perfect solution. ]]>