Add to your list of reasons to use hemp oil/CBD by trying it out in the kitchen as well. Out of a wide variety of ingredients to make your meal extra healthy, hemp oil/CBD is the latest trend to take the culinary world by storm. Since this extra ingredient is a non-psychoactive hemp derivative, it won’t get you blazed at all.
Typically, people consume the compound in a variety of other forms. You can find oils, capsules, tinctures, creams, topicals, lotions, edibles, and even vape oils. It’s now becoming increasingly popular among chefs and home cooks as an ingredient. You can already find many cafes, restaurants, and bars that serve hemp-infused dishes.
For people who aren’t fortunate enough to live nearby these eateries, cooking with hemp oil/CBD is surprisingly easier than one might think. When a proper recipe is followed through, it can be easy to make both sweet and savory dishes with the not-so-secret ingredient and it also effectively covers up the earthy flavor of the compound that can take some time getting used to.
The following tips are helpful in starting to explore cooking with hemp oil/CBD:
1. START SMALL
This one should be obvious, especially when you’ve never added hemp oil/CBD to any food before. When you first start cooking with the compound, it can be pretty easy to go overboard. This usually leads to the unfortunate result of ruining the flavor of whatever you were making.
Start with a smaller dose and experiment with different recipes in small batches. This will allow you to do do-overs without having to waste too much food and hemp oil/CBD.
2. USE REFINED OILS
Unrefined hemp/CBD oils tend to have a bitter taste. When you add it to dishes, especially desserts, it can ruin the flavor and leave an unpleasant aftertaste.
Use organic, full-spectrum, filtered, and decarboxylated, and refined hemp/CBD oil in small doses. This will work better and won’t alter the flavor.
3. STIR AWAY!
When you’re using hemp/CBD oil in cooking, it tends to stay separated. To ensure that it’s mixed well with the other ingredients and is evenly distributed in the entire mixture, stir it as much as possible.
Whether you’re adding to a guacamole recipe or cookie batter, fold it thoroughly, so the goodness of the compound is potent in each bite.
4. TEMPERATURE CONTROL
Temperature matters a lot when it comes to cooking with hemp oil/CBD. You need to act with caution and use controlled heat. This is important because when hemp oil/CBD is exposed to high temperatures or too long, it evaporates quickly and loses its potency.
The suitable temperature for cooking or baking with hemp oil/CBD is between 320 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. MAKE IT FATTY
Hemp oil/CBD and other cannabinoids have a tendency to bind well with fats and other oil-based ingredients. This is why any kind of fat or grease is necessary when you’re cooking with hemp oil/CBD. This way, the compound will bind well in the mixture, increasing its potency.
6. MAKE IT SWEET AND SAVORY
In most cases, hemp oil/CBD is added to mostly sweets and beverages. But why limit yourself when the possibilities are abundant? Why not make it savory too?
Even though it’s easier to mask hemp oil/CBD’s flavor in baked goods and sweets, savory foods with the compound can be just as delicious when prepared the right way.