Today I am focusing on improving edibles’ flavor, with an informative post on just that. You might have flavor improving tips of your own too, if so please leave them in the comments section of the post.
One thing that definitely DID NOT taste good was the raw cannabis juice in the photo above. But I would drink it again anytime I could get it. Why? Because it is one of the most nutrient dense and antioxidant-rich foods on the planet. My friend prepared it with fresh raw ginger and we chugged down a way bigger than normal portion. In my opinion it tastes slightly better than wheatgrass juice, and in a small wheatgrass-sized shot, it would be easy to drink. Some people like to add the juice to smoothies or mix it with other juice to make it more palatable, but for me, I would rather just down it in a single shot and be done with it.
Why did we make raw cannabis juice? Because my friend had a male plant in her garden that had to be pulled, lest he impregnate all the beautiful girls. But she was determined not to waste it, so he got juiced. Raw plants, even female ones, will not make you high, as they have not been decarboxylated, but they will deliver a powerful nutritional punch. It takes a wheatgrass style juicer to handle cannabis, but if you grow your own you might consider juicing. Fan leaves and other parts of the plant normally wasted make great juice.
For more on juicing and “alternative dietary cannabis, Google the work of Dr. William Courtney.
HELP! I just don’t like the taste of my homemade edibles! Why are the ones I buy at the dispensary so much better tasting and how can I improve the flavor of what I make at home?
The second the most common question I get (after how to properly dose edibles) is how to improve their flavor. While there are a few rare individuals who enjoy the acrid green flavor of cannabis in their food, most do not, so you’re not alone.
In answer to your first question, store-bought edibles often taste better because they are usually made with a specially produced distillate — a pure cannabis concentrate, created specifically for edibles manufacturers. When making distillate for vape cartridges, the maker will usually add terpenes and flavors, elements that were removed in the process of creating the distillate, back in. When creating distillate for cooking, the terpenes are usually left out, making for a more neutral flavor.
Home cooks, on the other hand, don’t always have the luxury of specially created distillate. More often than not, they will cook with trimmings or flowers from the whole plant, or with solventless concentrates like dry ice kief or water hash. These have more flavors as the terpenes remain intact. However, that’s a good thing as many of the plant’s medicinal effects are carried in the terpenes, so in my mind, it’s a worthwhile trade-off for a little less than ideal flavor.
That said, there are some things you can do to improve the flavor of marijuana edibles, even when cooking with whole plant cannabis.
Not only are these delicious, you can make them ahead of time, and they are easy to store and transport as each one is made and served in its own individual jar. I used half pint Mason jelly jars to make 10 individual servings. The jars are always handy to have around as they provide a better place to store your marijuana stash than the typical plastic baggie or prescription bottle.
Of course the red, white and blue color scheme of this recipe makes it perfect for an Independence Day barbecue or picnic, but these are fabulous medicated desserts to serve all summer long. Experiment with favorite fruits as they come into season – blackberries, strawberries, peaches, and mangos make wonderful alternative choices to the blueberries and raspberries depicted here.
This dessert is easy and takes no special decorator’s skills in order to achieve impressive results! Leftovers will keep in their covered jars for 3 or 4 days in the fridge.
Get the Lemon Berry Trifle recipe.
I use marijuana butter to medicate this recipe. My Making Marijuana Butter tutorial will help you make it.
See You Next Week!
“Cannabis” Cheri Sicard
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