The Culinary Power of Cannabis
From jazz music, pop culture, cinema, literature and the news, while increasingly being legalized in more countries, cannabis has rooted itself in various spheres of society. We find it today in its most popular use: on our plates. Many chefs already master the art of cooking this plant whose flavour is akin to sage or rosemary. Unleashing their creativity, these self-proclaimed “weed chefs” from a new school of thought are pushing the limits of the culinary experience to the delight of the curious and gourmet loving cannabis enthusiasts.
Most cannabis consumers know, if there’s one smell that is easily recognized, it’s the smell of marijuana! Depending on the blend of cannabis, its nuances can be woody, earthy, fresh, lemony with sweet and peppery notes. All adjectives which are reminiscent of the language sommeliers and connaisseurs use to describe the finest wines. It’s the richness of cannabis and its infinite possibilities in the kitchen that make edibles so appealing.
“The Great Combination of Cannabis and Food”
Canadian Travis Petersen is a home chef who organizes tasting evenings with his company The Nomad Cook. His first event brought together no less than 160 people in 4 days. whom the former MasterChef Canada competitor prepared a 5-course cannabis-infused menu for.
He remembers the enthusiasm of his guests and especially their diversity: “The ages ranged from 19 to 70 years old, people from all backgrounds, races and religions. It didn’t matter.”
A well-balanced weed-infused recipe: the key to success
Chef Chris Lanter also organizes private events during which he enjoys cooking with his favorite ingredient: cannabis.
Lanter knows that depending on a person’s metabolism, the effects of edible products are different. However the recommended THC dose in an edible is 5mg THC per single serving. In an interview, Chris Lanter said that it’s “important to know how much THC you consume just like the percentage of alcohol in spirits. If you drink a full bottle of tequila, you may have a bad night. It’s the same with the pot.”
Travis Petersen has the same approach. When he organizes his events, he has customers fill out a waiver, which allows him to learn about the history of each of his guests, their history with cannabis and then customize and micro-dose their meals individually to match their tolerances. While serving his guests, through conversations, Petersen likes to take the opportunity to convey that the taste quality of cannabis must be enhanced by pairing it with complementing flavours, in order to fully leverage the culinary power of cannabis.
Female Weed Chefs at the Forefront
Female chefs are also at the forefront of creative ways to improve weed consumption. This is the case for Jessica Catalano, a dual graduate in Culinary Arts and Pastry and founder of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution. Jessica is one of the first cannabis chefs and weed ambassadors in the kitchen. She has also invented a new method of infusion of terpenes that has been scientifically recognized for more than 10 years.
San Francisco-based chef Monica Lo is also an innovator in the culinary cannabis industry. She started making cannabis infused edibles, first by extracting terpenes using a “vacuum” method in order to avoid being detected by her landlord. This is how she realized the possibilities leveraged by this method. Monica then created Sous Weed a whole range of products dedicated to terpene extraction and cannabis infusion.
Which products do top Canadian weed chefs use to make edibles?
These are some recommendations of the types of marijuana products to use when making your own edibles courtesy of chef Chris Lanter:
– Use sativa for appetizers
– Use a sativa dominant hybrid for the main course to remain on a dynamic note.
– Set aside an indica with a rather sweet flavour for dessert. What better way to end with a touch of chocolate? It balances magically with the distinctive taste of cannabis.
Chef Drummer, one of the forces behind Elevation VIP Cooperative based in California, recommends the Blue Dream strain be infused with fruits such as blueberries.
How to make your own edibles at home
Cannabis legalization in Canada and some states in the United States has provided consumers with access to high-quality products. With the ability to order quality cannabis online, you can also make cannabis-infused recipes.
Learn the basics of infusing your oil in with cannabis in our cannabis ice cream recipe.
Citrus skunk, as its name suggests, has a lemony taste which, when infused in olive oil, pairs perfectly with fish and seafood starters, raw vegetables or a few drops of infused coconut oil on a dish featuring Indian spices.
For a forest mushroom pasta skillet, season with a few drops of hazelnut oil infused with sativa red congolese buds. Its earthy and cheesy taste will be perfect to spice up the dish!
Finally, why not finish lightly with a strawberry salad and a few drops of pistachio oil infused with OG lindsay buds? Their sweet, floral taste reminds us of delicious berries.
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