OK I admit it, I tend to go a little overboard with things. When I find a new hobby/interest, well, I really throw myself into it. My current obsession is medicating (by which I mean infusing with cannabis/marijuana) virtually everything and anything that I can. I’ve been baking for a few months now and I will admit, I’m pretty good at it! Hey, I’m almost 46 years old (my birthday is in two days – I love my birthday) and I didn’t realize I was good at baking until just recently! But that’s for another blog post. Today’s post is about my most recent experimentation with medicating one of my favorite foods – honey!
So I visited a couple local farmer’s markets and got myself two 5-pound jars of delicious raw honey.
The one on the left is a fruit orchard honey, it’s got a delicious fruity taste to it. The one on the right is straight up yummy honey flavor. So here’s what I did – I decided to experiment with the different methods of infusion that I found online. I wish I had taken pics of all the steps – I’ll try to remember that for next time. For now, I’ll just share each method and the finished product.
Honey Infused with Cannabis and Lavender (Crockpot Infusion with Cheesecloth Packet)
I poured 2 pounds of raw local honey into a mason jar. I took about an ounce of decarboxylated marijuana and a tablespoon of dried lavender and wrapped it in a cheesecloth packet using a piece of twine, and then inserted the packet into the honey-filled mason jar. I then took my crockpot and lined it with a folded up washcloth (you can use a hand towel or a dishrag), then put the mason jar on top of it. I filled the crockpot with water and set it on low for 8 hours. I then let the packet sit submerged in the honey overnight. The next morning, I warmed it back up and then poured the honey into this honey jar I had saved and cleaned out. I squeezed as much honey as I could from the packet and I saved the rest of the honey-soaked flower from the packet to use for tea. This one has the best flavor of all 3 methods – but is also the weakest. I’ll use this one straight up when I want/need a shot of honey to soothe a sore throat or help with allergies.
Fruit Orchard Honey Infused with Rosin
For the next method, I used rosin that my husband pressed himself. I like using rosin because it’s solventless – if you don’t know about rosin, you can read about it here. Anyway, I warmed up my honey in a saucepan (about 2 cups) and added about 5 grams of decarbed rosin, mixing until combined completely. This one has a bit of that “rosin” taste to it – but it’s also the strongest of the 3. I will most likely use this one to add to things like tea, or to bake with.
Honey Infused with Medicated Coconut Oil
Lastly, I had some medicated coconut oil on hand and found a method where you simply use an immersion blender to combine the medicated coconut oil into the honey. I used about 2 cups of honey and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. This one tastes the most like marijuana – the medicated coconut oil gives it an almost nutty flavor. The consistency is more like creamed honey. I’ll probably use this one on things like toast or to bake with.
So that’s my experiment for this week! I did use some of this yummy honey to bake cookies – I made up my own recipe, they are Iced Ginger Honey Orange Cookies and they came out absolutely phenomenal! I’ll share that recipe in another blog post tomorrow, so stay tuned! Peace.