Have you finally made cannabutter for your homemade edibles, only to find water and white particles in the final product? Have no fear; this is normal and totally OK. Learn more about what to do about it, how to prevent it in the first place, and get some delicious cannabutter recipes to try afterward.
Table of Contents
- Why separation occurs
- Ways to prevent separation in the first place
- How to skip the hassle, buy Bliss Cannabutter, and have it shipped directly to your door!
Why You Will Love This Guide
One of my Well With Cannabis Community members reached out recently, worried because she thought she had messed up her marijuana butter.
“Help! I’ve just made my weed butter and left it in the fridge. When I got back, it was solid with dirty water at the bottom”.
– AnitaMember of the Well With Cannabis Community
I told her to rest assured this was OK and normal, and no, she did not mess anything up!
In this guide, I will walk you through cannabutter separation, what is normal, and how to fix it, and how to avoid it in the first place.
Why Separation Occurs
Cannabutter separation. What is it? And why does it happen?
If you’ve made cannabutter with regular butter, such as salted or unsalted butter, you may notice a liquid that forms at the bottom of the mason jar after cooling.
As the prepared cannabutter cools, the infused butter will rise to the top, leaving a bit of liquid behind.
This small amount of water may be accompanied by a white substance known as milk solids.
The infusion process separates these milk solids and liquids from the butter, leaving behind an unpleasant water mixture.
How to Fix It
Have no fear; it is easy to fix separated cannabutter.
First, know it is not worth saving the excess water or milk solids.
This means they are connected to the infused butter you made, not in the excess water; therefore, you are not discarding anything important.
Simply drain the extra water and blot the butter with a paper towel, if needed.
How to Prevent Separation
The good news is that there are many ways to prevent cannabutter separation in the first place.
The best way to prevent separation is to avoid using regular butter.
Use Ghee or Clarified Butter
For best results, use clarified butter or ghee.
Ghee is butter that has already been clarified or has had the milk solids removed.
If you want to clarify your butter ahead of time, gently boil the butter in a saucepan on the stove over low heat and skim all the foam, or milk solids, from the top.
The melted butter mixture should appear clear with no white spots visible,
You could also strain the milk solids using a coffee filter or fine-mesh strainer.
How to Make Cannabutter
If you haven’t yet made cannabutter, there are many different ways to do so!
Most options involve creating a water bath to facilitate the infusion process.
This hot water gently heats the ingredients but prevents you from reaching high temperatures that could destroy any cannabinoids.
Check out the following methods:
If you’re using butter molds, the first step is to place the molds on a baking sheet to prevent them from spilling.
The next step is to use a spoon to get the hot butter into the first two sticks of the mold.
The third stick will contain the remaining infused butter and milk solids. You will only need to remove a few milk solids from one stick.
The fourth stick will remain empty due to the loss of water volume during the cooking process.
The first two sticks of butter will be left with the pure, infused cannabutter.
Switch to Oil
A great way to avoid this problem is to infuse an option that does not have milk solids in the first place.
This includes all oils such as:
Just know that all cannabis oil, aside from coconut, remains liquid at room temperature, unlike cannabutter.
This may affect the outcome of some baked goods recipes, like brownies.
Want to skip all of the hard work and just enjoy great-tasting cannabutter?
Look no further than my Bliss cannabutter, the best cannabutter in the cannabis industry.
Made in a small batch with high-quality ghee and lab-tested cannabis, this cannabis butter will help you make the best-tasting cannabis-infused recipes.
Made with 12.5mg of THC and 12.5mg of CBD per teaspoon, you can rest easy knowing you are getting the exact milligrams of THC you want.
From there, you can add it to your favorite recipe. Simply divide the total mg of THC you added by the number of servings to get your final dose.
Notes & Expert Tips
- Do not forget to decarb before making butter! You need decarboxylated cannabis to reap the benefits of activated CBD or THC. Raw cannabis only contains CBDA or THCA. You can skip the grinding first.
- Don’t forget; you can save the leftover plant material for other recipes. The plant matter is not very potent but is perfect for microdosing.
- Ready to make cannabis edibles? Start with these 25 ways to use cannabutter or these tasty no-bake cannabutter recipes like our cannabutter steak.
- If you’re unsure how to dose, start with this dosing guide. You can use the edibles dosage calculator to guesstimate the potency. When in doubt, start with small amounts and work your way up.
- Worried you’ve made a cannabutter that is too weak? Don’t worry; it’s easy to fix weak cannabutter!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do not store it at room temperature unless you will use it within three days or less. Store your finished product in an airtight container in the refrigerator according to the expiration date or shelf life of the butter you used. You can store it for a long time in the freezer. If you keep it in the freezer, wrap the cannabutter in individually sized portions to ensure easy and convenient dosing. A silicone ice cube tray works great here. Learn more about how to store edibles here.
From a cup of butter, a stick of butter, or just a few grams of butter, how much butter and how much cannabis flower you use will affect the potency of your cannabutter. Check out this flower-to-oil ratio guide to decide.
Yes, you can use fan leaves or sugar leaves to make cannabutter. Just know that these tend to have a lower cannabis potency, so you may need to add more if you have a high tolerance or are just looking for mg THC per serving. Also, remember that leaves contain more chlorophyll, leaving you with more green-looking and tasting end products. The flower is the best choice for a less green final result.
Yes, you can bake with cannabutter, even with temperatures upward of 350°F and more. Learn more about safe temperatures to bake with.
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