If you could pop over to the ol’ supermarket and plop a tub of Organic Purple Haze Sweet Cream Butter into your cart as easily as a pack of eggs, I suspect there would be entire Anthony Bourdain-esque markets devoted to the art and appreciation of cannabis food.
Since we still live in a gerrymandered mixed bag of legality in the US, often one must first procure cannabis and then go through the sometimes time consuming process of extracting actives from the herb. The availability of a device that’s made specifically for this purpose is proof that the cogs are squeaking to a start and that eventually inertia will take over.
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The Magical Butter machine is definitely unique as far as cooking devices go, and its sealed and stirred and evenly heated features confirm your butters, oils and even tinctures will be stronger than ever. In my kitchen, using it would replace three appliances and two steps in the process.
Thoughts on the Magical Butter 2 Device
Following their instructions, I decarbed some Sour D and hit the buttons, hoping for a Space Age butter experience. I used the same ratio of butter/herb that I normally use, just in the scale of the machine, meaning I had to make about twice what I normally make, volume wise, since it’s a bit bigger than I had thought it was going to be.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because aside from reducing steps, it adds up to less time making butter and cleaning and more time making recipes. Also, the butter it produced smelled much more intensely of cannabis than my typical at-home version, in line with the time and temp it spent in the device, with a temperature identical to my normal procedure, but a cook time twice that.
It makes a fair bit of noise and isn’t completely scent-less, but it’s miles better than throwing the goods in a slow cooker or praying that your kitchen vents take care of most of the smell. This means if you aren’t in a 100% sanctioned situation, you don’t have to make things in the dead of night when no one can smell it.
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The cleanup was also a little trickier, but again, this beats the hell out of using plastic vac bags that are bad for the environment in the long term. It even comes with reuseable tools for straining that are much more efficient and higher quality than similar tools not made for this purpose.
Since the ratio they have in their cookbook is also on the ‘lighter’ side, after eating something, I suspect the butter is actually stronger. Overall this device is great for its purpose, and it would be really helpful for many infusions, not just Cannabis ones.
In fact, it has a no-heat setting and times That could easily be used to make some fantastic cosmetics and naturopathic extracts. Not to mention that also allows for the more intensive and hard-to-create RSO and alcohol cannabis tinctures. It’s well worth the $174 if you’re making infusions on a monthly basis, let alone if you’re a frequent experimenter.
I tried the butter in my basic (but still interesting) brownies, here’s the recipe:
Basic(ish) Fudge Nut Brownies
Danielle Guercio 2011
Yields 30 1inch brownies, estimated 12 mg of THC per serving
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup chocolate syrup
- ½ cup Magical Butter according to their recipe, or other cannabis butter, melted
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ c cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp almond extract
Preheat oven to 300. Mix together dry ingredients. Beat eggs and melted butter into chocolate syrup.
Fold in dry ingredients gently and mix until uniform. Dispense into a baking pan 13×9 or individual molds. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate and bake for 15 more at 300 degrees. Allow to cool on wire racks before popping out of mold or cutting in any way.
After munching, I feel like the brownie was not only stronger in aroma, but definitely stronger that what is normally put out in a home kitchen. The effects were similar since I used a strain that I’m used to, but much more pronounced than normal. The only way to be sure is lab testing, but based on observational clues, I’d call it a winner.
Photos: Danielle Guercio