A Sweet Welcome to 2019

A sweet welcome to 2019!

Heeey, Y’all!  Sorry about the unplanned break!  But, I had a lot of thinking to do!

There is great hope and anticipation for new projects and opportunities is looming! So stay tuned.

By the time the New Year rolled around, I was completely over 2018!

Well, Honey Bunnies, the Kranik DIYer and the Mota Pot are ready to welcome this New Year with a fresh perspective!

With a constant diet of CNN, NPR and Facebook fake news, my mindset went dark!  Trust levels dropped dramatically and I wasn’t really as open to people as I usually am! I changed for the worse!

Not wanting to stay down for too long, I sponsored a contest for myself!

Kitchen MVP

Obviously, my Mota Pot ranks pretty high but that’s a gimme!

But, which appliance or tool helped elevate my cooking?

I have to give much applause to my new Ardent decarboxylator.  Of course, you are more than welcome to continue to decarb in the oven. I just like the fact that I get a consistent heat. I don’t have that much faith in my oven!

But, the top spot belongs to a $10 thermometer. It has allowed me to finally play around with candy and tincture making!

Caramel

Caramel in process to becoming awesome

This multi-tasking thermometer can be used for candy making and frying! And you can put it in the dishwasher! I bought mine through my friend, Rocco at Cannabis Kitchen Supplies. Since I have begun to replace some my cookware for restaurant quality, I use Rocco’s coupon to get 15% off of a $100 purchase. Like I said, I am replacing things and every little bit helps!

You say you don’t need $100 worth of stuff? Then, GO IN WITH A FRIEND to get the discount! Just be sure to enter code CKS15 to get your discount at checkout.

Earlier, I mentioned candy making and it would be cruel to not give you a lit ass candy recipe that anyone can make. Just make sure you have a candy thermometer specifically! A meat thermometer will fail you!

Caramel is basically cooked sugar and milk!

There are tons of variations but I chose to test one that I felt would give me the best taste. I was going for that Werther’s Original vibe; smooth, buttery and creamy!

For this project I used unsalted Amish butter and sweetened condensed milk. If you can’t find Amish butter, buy the best you can afford!

Since I was clearing things out for the New Year, I decided to make a giant batch of Puck Budder. That’s when I take the saved plant matter, after the initial Mota Pot extraction, and throw it into some virgin butter or coconut oil to make my Roll the Dice edibles.

The puck that is left over from my extractions can range from as low as 240mg to over 400mg of THC remaining in them. YOU DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THAT BEHIND!

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Several pucks from the freezer ready for a batch of puck budder

 

Remember, with Butter/Bacon Fat you get a 70% extraction rate and with olive and coconut oils you get a 60% extraction rate.

Here’s a little breakdown to show you what I mean.

Flower Potency          #Grams           Fat Medium                Remaining THC in the Puck

16%                             5                      Butter                          240mg

16%                             5                      Coconut Oil                 320mg

20%                             5                      Bacon Fat                    300mg

20%                             5                      Olive Oil                      400mg

So, you don’t want to throw this out after your first extraction! I wrap the puck up in plastic wrap, then a little foil, label it and toss it into a freezer bag to wait for its second life!

When it’s time, it all gets thrown in the pot and simmered on low heat for about 45 minutes. I strain it through a fine mesh strainer, but you can use cheesecloth.

Canna Tip: You can add a ½ to ¾ cup of water to this to make sure that your temperature doesn’t go past 212⁰ (the boiling point of water FYI, the boiling point of water is about 210⁰). THC begins to degrade into CBN at temperatures above 375⁰ and CBD starts to degrade at 350⁰.

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Puck Budder I have no idea what potency I’ll get, but I’m willing to explore!

Getting complete use out of the plant matter is very important for me! Throw some of your puck in with your soups, pesto or a quick bread! Use it all!

Making puck budder is great because with 4-5 pucks and a pound of virgin butter, I have new edible opportunities and I didn’t have to go to the dispensary! WIN!

I used 6 pucks to make this budder to making caramels. Well, as it turns out, the flavor of cannabis and caramelized sugar is amazing!

The process of making caramel may seem intimidating, but it’s really not. The candy thermometer is KEY! And, you cannot walk away from caramel! Your attention is required but you will be rewarded!

Also, preparation is vital to getting a quality product and safety! Make sure you prep the pan you are going to pour it into. You do not want to be trying to do that while your caramel is getting hard waiting on you!

And, please understand that this is molten sugar and VERY HOT! Please be careful! I thought a piece of caramel that dripped onto the cutting board was cool enough! Before I registered the burning on my finger, that bit of hella hot caramel was in my mouth! I cannot tell you how important it is for you NOT to do that! Also, CBD oil is great for burns!

One of the key things I learned with my first batch is that I didn’t have the volume necessary for the thermometer to register the temperature.

I just kept cooking, stirring and waiting!  I finally gave in and poured my caramel out to cool. Once it did, it was sooo hard to cut! Obviously, I had concentrated the sugars somewhere between firm-ball and hard-ball stage!

However, the candy I ended up with was hard. But, once you sucked on it and it would coat your tongue with sweet caramel bliss! The warmth of my mouth softened the caramel enough to allow for a satisfying, gooey chew!

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An awesome accident! Now to replicate it!

Of course you can make your caramels just the way you like them, soft and chewy, hard candy style or something in between! That’s the beauty of doing it yourself!

Let me give you this recipe before I forget!

Since I had never made caramel (or any candy) before, I had to search for one that I felt would meet my idea of what I wanted.

I modified this recipe from Taste of Home. The ingredients and directions were simple enough for this novice to follow. And, sweetened condensed milk, I believed, would give me that creaminess I was seeking. And, it did not disappoint. Plus, it gave some great tips to follow for a successful turnout!

Elevated Caramel

Ingredients

1-2 teaspoon virgin butter

1 cup unsalted cannabutter (two sticks), divided

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup dark corn syrup

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil; grease the foil with 1-2 teaspoon virgin butter and set aside.

In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and cannabutter; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved. Then, boil slowly for 4 minutes without stirring.

Remove from the heat; stir in milk. Reduce heat to medium-low and return pot to heat source and cook until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage), stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.

Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Cool. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends.

Hella Caramel

Well, there you have it, my friends! Something sweet for the New Year-ish!

Thank you for your patience! I will see you soon!

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