This easy homemade kief butter guide will show you how to make a super potent cannabutter that tastes absolutely amazing. You will find step-by-step instructions for dosing, decarbing, infusing, and more!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

My crockpot cannabutter recipe has been the most popular recipe on the site for the past two years.

My Well With Cannabis Community knows that cannabis loves fat and that making an infusion is one of the easiest ways to make edibles.

Understandably for some, the taste of cannabutter can be overwhelming, even off-putting, which is where kief butter comes in.

Kief butter can be a better way to make more potent cannabis butter, and it can taste better – a win-win for most!

In this guide, I will show you how to make your kief butter at home in a few easy steps, give you an idea of how to dose this potent edible, and share great ideas for making kief edibles.


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Ingredient Notes

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  • 1 gram kief – see the How Much Kief to Use section below for helpful tips on dosing.
  • One stick of butter – ordinary butter or unsalted butter will do, but many prefer ghee or clarified butter. You can also make kief oil with any other oil you desire, like olive oil or coconut oil. Want a less potent infusion? Add more sticks of butter. Want to make CBD kief butter? Start with kief collected from CBD flower.

Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.

Step-by-Step Instructions

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  • Step 1 – Gather the ingredients and equipment and preheat the oven to 240° F.
  • Step 2 – Using a digital scale, weigh the kief to your desired weight into an oven-safe container with a lid, like a mason jar.
  • Step 3 – Place the jar in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes for THC-dominant flower or 60-65 minutes for CBD-dominant flower. New to decrying? Check out this kief decarb guide here.
  • Step 4 – While the jar is cooling, prepare a water bath. Fill a saucepan 1/2 way with water and place over high heat. Once boiling, reduce to low heat to simmer.
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  • Step 5 – After the decarb cooking time, remove the jar from the oven.
  • Step 6 – When the mason jar is cool enough to handle, remove the lid and put in your butter stick or oil. Reattach the lid.
  • Step 7 – Place the mason jar in the water bath and let the butter start to melt.
  • Step 8 – Once the butter and kief have completely melted, allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. If cook enough to handle, shake a few times gently.
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  • Step 9 – Remove the jar from the hot water bath. You can allow the butter to harden as is, or you can “clarify” the butter by straining the white foam from the butter before allowing it to solidify.
  • Step 10 – Pour the butter into silicone molds and individual portion-sized trays, or leave it as-is in the container.
  • Step 11 – Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to allow the butter to harden.
  • Step 12 – Enjoy your kief butter in your morning coffee, on toast, or in all of your favorite baked goods.

Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Storage Instructions

Store the cannabutter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. You can store it for even longer in the freezer.

If refrigerating or freezing, be sure to avoid reheating frozen cannabutter in the microwave. Learn how to store edibles so they don’t go bad.

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What Is Kief

Cannabis kief is the material that is left at the bottom of your grinder.

It comprises the cannabis plant’s resin glands, a collection of trichomes containing terpenes and cannabinoids.

Kief is the most potent part of the plant in terms of cannabinoid concentration. 

Because kief is so high in cannabinoids, depending on the type of flower you’re starting with, even a little bit can have a big effect. 

If you’re using a THC-dominant flower, you will have a THC-dominant kief.

If you are using CBD-dominant flowers, you will have CBD-dominant kief.

It’s easy to collect kief with a grinder or kief catcher, and over time you’ll quickly save up a lot, especially if you use trichome-heavy strains of cannabis. 

How Much Kief to Use

Don’t worry if you ask, “how much kief do I need?

For this recipe, we will measure in grams of kief. A digital scale can help you measure this.

It’s difficult to know exactly how potent your kief is without testing it in a lab, but you can approximate its strength if you know what kind of bud the kief came from. 

In addition, if you buy kief at a store or dispensary, the label will likely give you a good idea of its potency. 

While it’s standard to find cannabis flowers roughly 15-25% THC, kief can contain upwards of 70% THC, meaning it can be very potent. 

With this in mind, know that a little bit of these sticky crystals can go a long way.

As a general rule of thumb, you’ll probably want to start with one gram of kief and increase if needed.

Note, it is not recommended to use my flower-to-oil ratio guide with kief as your end product will end up too strong!

Don’t Forget to Decarb

Decarbing is one of the most important things when it comes to making cannabis edibles.

Raw cannabis kief does not naturally contain high amounts of active CBD or THC; it actually contains what is known as cannabinoid acids.

Cannabinoid acids, like CBDA, THCA, and more, have potential health benefits – but they are not intoxicating, meaning you won’t get high.

To convert these nonintoxicating cannabinoid acids into the activated cannabinoids we typically want to consume, the process of decarboxylation must occur.

The common recommendation is to bake at 240°F for 30-35 minutes for THC or 60-65 minutes for CBD in an oven-safe dish with a lid.

Baking in an oven-safe dish that you can later infuse it is a good way to keep all the sticky kief that collects at the bottom of the jar.

The medium heat and short cook time help to prevent any burning that may occur with the very fine consistency of the kief, although it is recommended to pay close attention at the end.

Your kief will have darkened in color. Sometimes, the resin crystals may have melted a little, but that’s okay; they will melt into the butter.

Once you’ve mastered the process of decarboxylation, you can use your new skill to create so many different types of edibles.

Is Kief Butter Better Than Cannabutter?

Many people find this easy kief butter recipe much more enjoyable than weed butter, mainly because of the taste and smell.

Chlorophyll is leached from the plant material into the final infusion when making cannabutter with flower buds or trim.

That, along with excess moisture, makes the final product look and taste green.

The good news? Many people find that making kief butter provides the best edible experience.

Notes and Expert Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

Working with kief can be brand new to even the most seasoned cannabis consumer, so here are some of the most common FAQs I get asked about this recipe from my Well With Cannabis Community.

How do I get more kief?

There are several different methods to get more kief than just the grinder. Investing in a kief collector, kief boxes, or dry ice is a great way to collect as much pure kief as possible.

What will it taste like?

Kief has a mild nutty flavor, but many people find it much more mellow than traditional cannabutter.

Do I have to make butter?

Nope! Once you have decarboxylated kief, you can add it as-is to any recipe you desire. There are many different ways to use it, from edibles to smoking.

Should I strain?

Keeping the plant matter in the melted butter is the best way to get the most potency and final result. If you feel you have to strain, you will want to increase your infusion time to 2 hours and then use a coffee filter or other fine tool to strain.

Can I freeze cannabutter?

Yes, you can refrigerate and freeze your kief cannabutter.

Is it OK to bake with cannabutter?

Absolutely, go ahead and bake those brownies and cookies at 350°F; these higher temperatures won’t ruin your favorite cannabinoid, THC.

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Determine The Dose

Want to get a more accurate guesstimate of the potency of your cannabis infusions and extractions? Try my popular edibles dosage calculator. Not sure what your perfect dose is? Learn more here.

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Easy Homemade Kief Butter

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This easy homemade kief butter guide will show you how to make a super potent cannabutter that tastes absolutely amazing! You will find step-by-step instructions for dosing, decarbing, infusing, and more!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 tablespoons

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 gram kief or your desired amount
  • 1 stick butter or ghee

Instructions 

  • Gather the ingredients and equipment and preheat the oven to 240° F. 
  • Using a digital scale, weigh the kief to your desired weight into an oven-safe container with a lid, like a mason jar. 
  • Place the jar in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes for THC-dominant flower or 60-65 minutes for CBD-dominant flower. 
  • While the jar is cooling, prepare a water bath. Fill a saucepan 1/2 way with water and place over high heat. Once boiling, reduce to low heat to simmer.
  • After the decarb cooking correct time, remove the jar from the oven.
  • When the mason jar is cool enough to handle, remove the lid, and put in your stick of butter or amount of oil. Reattach the lid.
  • Place the mason jar in the water bath and allow the butter to start to melt.
  • Once the butter and kief have completely melted, allow it to simmer for 5 minutes. If cook enough to handle, shake gently a few times.
  • Remove the jar from the hot water bath. You can allow the butter to harden as is, or you can "clarify" the butter by straining the white foam from the butter before allowing it to solidify.
  • Pour the butter into silicone molds and individual portion-sized trays, or leave it as-is in the container.
  • Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight to allow the butter to harden. 
  • Enjoy your kief butter in your morning coffee, on toast, or in all of your favorite baked goods. 

Notes

Straining Note: Keeping the plant matter in the melted butter is the best way to get the most potency and final result. If you feel you have to strain, you will want to increase your infusion time to 2 hours and then use a coffee filter or other fine tool to strain.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 101kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.01g, Protein: 0.1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 91mg, Potassium: 3mg, Sugar: 0.01g, Vitamin A: 353IU, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 0.003mg

Additional Info

Course: Infusion
Cuisine: Cannabis Infused
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20 Comments

  1. Just pulled my jar from the water bath and it it very cloudy at the bottom, even when I shake it. What went wrong?

  2. Hi Stephanie. No worries! Nothing went wrong. The cloudiness is due to water in the butter. It should all settle, and you can scrape it off. This process will actually clarify your butter. I hope this helps!

  3. Hi Bet. The brown sediment at the bottom of cooked butter results from the proteins and other particles breaking down when the butter is cooked. This sediment is harmless and can be removed prior to use.

  4. Hi Ryan. Absolutely, but we do recommend letting it get to room temperature first.

  5. Hi Denise. The lid and ring need to go on, hand tight only, to avoid any water getting in from the water bath.

  6. 4 stars
    This is a lovely, easy kief butter recipe! I’ve made it 5 times now with great results, except for once when I tried baking it in a mason jar. All of the previous times, I had no problems when I baked the kief in a Pyrex dish and then transferred to a mason jar (because I read that mason jars are not oven safe).

    The time I baked it in the mason jar, the bottom of the jar broke and popped off in the water bath. My water bath was too hot (hard to regulate temp with glass-ceramic cooktop), so that was the main reason for it breaking. However, I feel like the mason jar was likely more brittle from baking it.

    Just my experience – seems like others have no issues with baking in the mason jar. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. Hi Amanda. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the kief butter recipe! It’s great to hear that you’ve had success with it multiple times. I’m sorry to hear about the incident with the mason jar breaking during baking. It sounds like the high temperature of the water bath and the brittleness of the jar might have contributed to that mishap. Thank you for your feedback and for trying out the recipe. Happy cooking!