Do you want to make edibles?
If so, welcome to your first step: making Magical Butter.
While you can use other infused oils to make an edible, infused butter is one of the most versatile ingredients. Think about it: with Magical butter, you can make virtually anything an edible. From baked goods to making your morning toast an edible, it's one of the best ways to do so.
In this article, we'll go over how to infuse your butter and some ideas for how to use it. Remember, you don't have to use it just to make herb brownies and cookies, you can use it for a huge variety of recipes, both sweet and savory.
Read on for more information.
Wait, is This Really Difficult?
Let's squash your fears right now.
We'll be honest. When you skim this blog post, some of the processes might seem intimidating. Without studying it, you might read processes like decarboxylation and think, "Whoa, I'm out of here."
But don't let that stop you. If you've ever baked before, making Magical butter isn't as difficult as you might presume.
Sure, it's not as easy as taking pre-mixed brownie powder and adding an egg and water and letting them bake. But it's also not like you're discovering something new in a lab here. So, if you have experience baking items from scratch, or cooking items from scratch, we believe you'll be able to infuse your butter.
And hey, even if you don't have experience with all that stuff, we still believe you'll be able to make it if you put your mind to it.
Without further ado, let's get to it. And we believe in you!
Don't run away, this process isn't as scientific as it sounds, even though it does involve a bit of science.
Decarboxylation is the process of activating T-C and other molecules and terpenes in your flower. In order to produce the psychoactive effect, or the "high" you feel when consuming, it needs to be heated. This process converts T-CA to plain old T-C. When you smoke or vape herb, the heat from the smoke or vape will do it for you. But here, you need to do it yourself.
Heating Your Herb
There are a few methods for decarboxylation, but the most common is just putting it in the oven. But if you'd rather simplify the process and ensure your herb is at a constant temperature, you can use our DecarBox.
The box goes in the oven as well, but it ensures maximum efficiency as well as reduces the smell while the herb is baking. If you have young children or live with roommates, it's probably best not to shove it in the oven uncovered and allow everyone to smell it.
Method of Activation
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. You can do this while you're breaking up your herb into little florets. This is to ensure that the herb is activated evenly.
Then, place them on an oven safe cookie sheet or put them into your DecarBox, careful to spread them around.
Let your herb cook for about 30 minutes, or literally until it is golden brown. It's now ready to make into butter.
Some people think that you should make your butter immediately, but it is up to what you prefer, and what you have time for.
Making the Butter: The Tools
First, you need a few things on hand before you begin. The first one you need is butter. While we are making butter, we're not making butter fresh from the cow, we're only infusing the butter that already exists.
Your butter must be unsalted. Ideally, you’ll want it to be clarified butter or ghee butter because they both have a lack of milk fats and water which makes it easier for the molecules to bind to it. It also results in almost no loss of end product.
You can clarify butter yourself, however, and ensure you can remove all of the milk fats. The fastest way to do this is the separate your butter into quarters. Take each quarter separately, and microwave on high for two minutes. Skim the foamy white parts off and throw away. Make it even clearer by pouring it through a cheesecloth or fine colander.
This can be done a bit more slowly by melting the butter on low heat on the stove. Don't stir. After it has melted completely, take it off of the stove and let sit for 5 minutes. Again, scrape off the foam and pour the contents through cheesecloth or Purify Filter bag.
You'll also need a thermometer and more cheesecloth (if you're working without our Magical Butter machine and Filter Bag). You may wish to have butter molds if you're making an entire stick of butter. Some people prefer to use only what's required for whatever edible they want to make, others want the butter on hand for later use. Neither is wrong, it's up to you completely.
The Process of Making Magical Butter
First, put the herb you've just decarbed (12-28 grams per cup of butter) into our Magical Butter Machine. Then, add 2-5 cups of clarified butter and a tablespoon of lecithin per cup of butter you use. Then press 2 buttons and let it work its magic! The machine will heat, chop, and stir your infusion and maximize it’s potential, and 2 hours later you’ll have infused butter ready to strain.
If you have a Magical Filter Bag then you’ll want to strain your infusion through it and into a measuring cup or large bowl. Lightly squeeze the solid plant matter with a silicone glove as it strains through to get all of your butter out (careful as it will be hot!). As you strain you’ll see the plant matter and sediment get trapped in the bag, leaving only your beautiful infusion behind.
Some people think cheesecloths are too fine and block some of the butter from getting into your bowl. But it is totally up to you which you prefer. Then pour the mixture into one of our silicone molds.
Then, put the lid on the butter tray, set in the fridge and let cool until it has hardened.
Using a Butter Mold
If you want to use the butter as an everyday item, a butter mold is the best way to store it in your fridge. Once you've strained your infusion, you can pour it into one of our molds and let it sit in the fridge to harden. Once it has taken the shape of the molds, you can wrap it and let sit in your fridge, or put in a butter dish.
Bake or Cook with Your Infused Butter
Success! You're now ready to use your Magical butter to bake or cook. Just reach into the fridge and collect your ingredients for your edible.
While delectable cakes and chewy cookies are often thought of as the perfect recipes for edibles, you can eat edibles that are sweet or savory. We have a recipe section on our site that will blow your mind when it comes to the types of food you can turn into an edible. If you put butter in it, or oil, you can make an edible out of it. We even have a recipe for some upgraded brownies and jalapeno bacon poppers.
Or, you can simply use the infused butter for butter with your non-edible dishes. For example, put the Magical butter into your mashed potatoes for a trippy savory delight. Or, put it on your toast or with roll, and get ready to rock and roll.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Here are a couple of questions that are frequently asked about making Magical butter.Do I Need to Add Lecithin?
It's up to you, but many people find they prefer it to make the molecules bind together better with the butter. You should always use sunflower over soy, as this avoids issues for those with soy allergies. It also ensures you're not using anything made from GMOs, as soy often is. Powder is also better than liquid, as it contains far less fat. Buy our powdered sunflower lecithin here.Can I Make Anything an Edible?
Yes. As long as it is made with butter or oil, you can get your infusion on.Is It As Easy As You Say?
Yes! It may seem daunting at first, but you'll get the hang of it eventually. It's even easier if you use our Magical Butter machine.
Don't Be Shy with Your Butter
We hope that this article has helped demystify the process of infusing butter a little bit. And we hope that we've taken some processes that sounded scary originally and showed how almost anyone can do them.
Once you break it down, making Magical butter isn't that difficult. It takes a bit of time and dedication. But if you want to make your butter go a long way, you can do that as well.
Check out the rest of our site for some surprising ways to make edibles or other infused goodies.