Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp on a federal level, CBD has exploded in popularity. These days, you can find CBD in coffee, cocktails, sweets, and even dog treats! With an abundance of edible options for CBD, many home cooks have begun infusing their favorite dishes with this potent compound. If you’re looking to join the pack, here are some tips for incorporating CBD into your cooking.
Cooking with CBD Tips
When it comes to cooking with CBD, one of the most important factors you will consider is temperature. While warming your CBD oil can increase its efficacy, too high of a temperature can kill certain active components. CBD begins to evaporate at 320 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure you’re staying below these temperatures when you’re cooking on the stove. Note that this doesn’t mean you can’t put CBD in the oven at a higher temperature, as the food will not reach as high of an internal temperature.
Avoid overheating CBD by not putting it on direct heat. Overheating can mean losing the terpenes, which will both reduce its effectiveness and bring out a more bitter flavor.
Use a Light Hand
When cooking with CBD, it can be tempting to think that more is better, but that’s not true. Adding too much CBD oil to your recipe will result in a waste of oil, gross flavors, and potentially side effects like nausea. Less is more, especially when you’re first learning to cook with CBD.
You may also benefit from cooking smaller batches initially. This allows you more freedom to experiment without fear of wasting your CBD product. This will also give you the opportunity to figure out different dosages so you can make the most out of future dishes.
Cannabinoids bind well with fat, which means that your CBD needs an oil in order to provide the level of bio-availability you need to have an effect. Fortunately, our CBD tinctures are made with hemp seed oil, so they naturally provide a fat that can be used in cooking. You may also consider making a CBD butter or ghee for baking.
Try Sweet or Savory
CBD is often used in baked goods because it’s a lot easier to cover up the bitterness of the hemp with sugar or chocolate. However, CBD also makes a great addition to savory dishes if you use it strategically. For example, adding a teaspoon of CBD into your guacamole is a tasty way to get the benefits of CBD in a dish that can handle the inherent bitterness. CBD also makes a simple and delicious addition to salad dressing, soups, and sauces.
Whether you’re making peanut butter cookies or butternut squash soup, stirring is a crucial step to cooking with CBD. This is the key to ensuring that the compound is evenly distributed throughout the batch so every bite is equally potent. Stir often, even more than you really think is necessary.
Drizzle If You Need
In order to achieve the best flavor and most effective method of dosing, it’s recommended that you mix your CBD oil directly into your ingredients. However, if you don’t have the time, it’s also perfectly acceptable to drizzle your CBD oil directly onto whatever you’re eating. While the flavor will be affected, it can still offer the same effects.
Vegan CBD Brownies Recipe
Makes 24 servings
- 4 cups of all-purpose flour
- 3 cups of granulated sugar
- 2 cups of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- 2 cups of applesauce
- ½ cup of honey
- 1 cup of milk
- 1.5 cups of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of CBD oil
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir till smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into two 9×12” baking pans lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Let brownies cool before cutting each pan into 12 portions.
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