Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hash Hard Candy


I had a request for my recipe for Hash Hard Candies.  To be honest this recipe is just the recipe from LorAnn Oils with the addition of some decarboxylated kief hash.  I've used their flavorings and recipe for awhile and have been pretty happy with my results.  Check out their website if you want to purchase LorAnn Oils candy making supplies.

So here's what you will need for this recipe:
  • A Candy Thermometer (absolutely necessary)
  • A heat gun (recommended but not necessary if you have a reliable candy thermometer)
  • A heavy pot for cooking
  • Hard candy mold or mini muffin pan with foil liners
  • Patience and lots of time!
  • 2 Cups of Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup of Corn Syrup
  • 3/4 Cup of water
  • 1 dram (1 small bottle) Candy flavoring oil
  • 1 teaspoon Tart n' Sour flavoring
  • decarboxylated kief (amount will depend on how strong your dosing your candies)  This time I used 1/8th gram per candy in my mini muffin tin.
  • extra sugar for dusting your finished candies
Ok so here's the thing with making hard candies, you have have have to be patient.  This process takes a long time and if you try to speed it up you will run the very real risk of scalding your sugar and ruining the whole batch, so please be sure you have the time before beginning this process.

How to do it:
  1. Spray your mold or muffin tin with a very light shot of cooking spray.
  2. Measure out your desired dosage of decarboxylated kief and add that to each section in the muffin tin or mold
  3. Add the Sugar, Corn Syrup, & Water to your heavy pan. DO NOT STIR!
  4. Place your candy thermometer in your pan.  Be sure that it doesn't rest on the bottom of your pan if it does, it will break and ruin your thermometer and your candy.
  5. Place your pan on medium heat.  
  6. Pull up a chair and be prepared for the wait.  Watch your candy  in the pot, but do not stir it or turn your heat up past medium. 
  7. Watch for the sugar mixture to begin to boil.  Now allow it to boil together until it reaches 300 degrees F (hard crack stage).  This takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes depending on your oven.  Here's where the heat gun comes in handy.  I use it to check the temperature of the boiling candy in different parts of the pan.  I do this throughout the boiling process.  Inevitably there will be a hot and cool spot in the pan.  When any one spot hits 300 degrees F immediately remove the pan from the burner.
  8. Quickly add your flavoring and Tart 'n Sour.   It will incorporate with the boiling action of the candy mixture. DO NOT STIR! Stirring will create bubbles in your candy. 
  9. Add your candy mixture to your prepared molds.  I use a metal tablespoon and quickly spoon it into the mini muffin tin.  Whatever is left over I pour into one of my hard candy molds. (Be sure you are only using molds that are rated for high heat.  Chocolate molds are NOT and WILL MELT if you add this molten sugar into them! Ruins your mold and your candies too!)
  10. Allow your candies to cool completely
  11. Carefully unmold your candy
  12. In a small bowl add about 1/4 Cup of granulated sugar.
  13. Place each candy into sugar and flip the candy over so both sides are coated with sugar.  You may spray a fine mist of water on the candies to help the sugar to adhere.
  14. Place candies on a plate and allow to dry with the sugar coating in place.
  15. Package and enjoy your Hash Hard Candies.
***Please note you are working with REALLY HOT sugar and this can burn really bad.  Use extreme care to keep this away from your skin!

OK so I hope you have fun making your own Hard Hash Candies, just remember to have lots of patience & time.  And again please be very careful.  That molten sugar can do a lot of damage to your skin.  I recommend doing this entire project BEFORE medicating so you are able to give this your full attention.

Stay Elevated!








Decarboxylating Kief For Medibles

Decarboxylating kief makes it more potent in medibles
OK here's a quick DIY and Why for decarboxylating kief for medibles.  The main reason to do so is by decarboxylating the kief you convert the THCA in THC which is activated for the body to process through oral administration (eating).  When I first began making my edible medicines I didn't know about this crucial step.  After all my hard work making my medibles sometimes they just didn't seem to kick. I did a little research and found that by decarboxylating the starting plant matter (in this case kief) you could convert the THCA to THC and make sure that your edibles were made with the fullest absorption into your body.

So here's how I do mine.  First using a kief box, shake out some kief from your buds or other plant matter.  For cooking it's ok if your kief material is yellow to yellow/green in color, so you may want to shake twice.  The first shake (yellow) you may want to save for smoking.  The second shake (yellow/green) you can use for all of your cooking needs.  Remove the kief from the base of your shake box and place in a baking pan.  Place this kief in a 250 degree oven for about 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Now your kief is decarboxylated and ready to be added to all of your delicious medible recipes.  I store my decarboxylated kief in a small mason jar in a dark cupboard and use it as needed.'

Here's a fantastic article about decarboxylation.  In the article they say 240 degrees F for 30-60 minutes.  I still do mine for 30 minutes at 250 F.  You can decide what works best for you.

Stay elevated!




Friday, January 25, 2013

THChristi's 5 Minute Marijuana Muffin

THChristi's 5 Minute Marijuana Muffin

Because sometimes you don't have a lot of time for cooking fancy medibles I wanted to share one that I make when I need a no nonsense medible.  This recipe only takes 5 minutes start to finish and is cooked in a mug in the microwave so no big clean up.

Here's what you'll need:  

  • 2 Tablespoons of all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of Cannabis Sugar *
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk* (I use evaporated from a can but you can use whatever milk you prefer)
  • 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoons vegetable oil*
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Yogurt for topping the muffin
Here's how you do it:
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine your dry ingredients.  Stir them together with a fork until well mixed.
  2. Add milk, cooking oil & vanilla.  Stir well
  3. Spray your mug with cooking spray
  4. Pour mixture into mug
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute.  Check to see that center of this muffin is done by inserting a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean its done.  If the toothpick has wet batter on it, microwave again in 30 second intervals until it's done.
  6. Remove from the mug.  Allow to cool for a minute or so.  Serve with a scoop of yogurt over the top.
*If you don't have Cannabis Sugar, use regular sugar and either substitute CannaMilk for the milk in the recipe or substitue CannaButter or CannaOil for the cooking oil in this recipe.  If you don't have any of these Cannabis cooking items on hand you could add a measured dose of decarboxylated kief to the recipe too. 

There are several variations you can do on this recipe......
  • Add 1/8th Cup of dried fruit &/or nuts to the recipe
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder for a chocolatey muffin and topp with a few chocolate chips &/or nuts
  • Add 1 Tablespoon crushed pineapple & substitute 1 teaspoon brown sugar to make a pineapple upside down muffin.  Serve topped with a maraschino cherry 
Stay elevated!



Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cup o' Cannabis Instant Oats


Medical marijuana for breakfast? Well yes!  Pain doesn't care what time it comes calling.  


Some mornings I wake up feeling like I've been run over by a bus in my sleep.  Chronic pain from Fibromyalgia is like that for me a lot of mornings.  I needed an edible option that was easy but effective.  This is a fairly healthy breakfast option too. I came up with this make ahead instant breakfast treat to do the trick.



THChristi's Cup o' Cannabis Instant Oats:

What you'll need:  

  • 5 Cups Quick Oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup Cannabis Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Creamer
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Food processor
  • 12 snack sized zip lock bags
  • Optional add ins like nuts, raisins, brown sugar, dried fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg etc.
Here's how you do it:
  1. Measure out 2 1/2 Cups of Quick Oats and place in the food processor with the blade attachment.  Run until you've ground the oats into a fine powder.
  2. In your mixing bowl add the ground oats and 2 1/2 Cups un-ground quick oats.  Add in Cannabis Sugar, Powdered Creamer and salt.  (Add in up to 3/4 Cup of any of the above listed add ins)  Mix well.**
  3. Now measure out 1/2 Cup of your mixture into snack sized baggies.  This will make about 12 servings. 
**For stronger medicine you can add a measured dose of decarboxylated kief into each bag.


To make your Cup o' Cannabis Instant Oats:
Empty packet into a coffee mug. Add 3/4 Cup of cold water and microwave for 1-3 minutes or add 3/4 Cup of boiling water and let stand for 3 minutes.  If you made your packets plain, add in any toppings you like now and enjoy!








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