Cook with Cannabis in Florida, Seasonally!
Florida is on the precipice of a cannabis revolution. With the state approving legal medical marijuana, and opportunities for recreational legalization at the federal level, cannabis is being recognized for its many positives. It’s an exciting time for both the state and the nation.
While there are many ways to ingest cannabis, edibles are one of the most popular.1 Without the harsh smell and feel of smoke or the risks of vaping, edibles provide a subtle, controllable way to ingest cannabis. The easily consumable doses provide many medical marijuana users peace of mind, discreet consumption, and some delicious snacks to boot.
Though cannabis from a dispensary is by far the most controlled way to ingest, many people have fun making their own edible cannabis products. There are endless possibilities when it comes to making your own edibles—our delectable brownie recipe and collection of drink recipes are some great examples of how you can truly turn any food or drink into a special treat.
Use Your MÜV Cannabutter In Anything
Though we think these recipes are top-notch seasonal suggestions, it’s important to know that you can use cannabutter for nearly anything. Butter in any recipe can be replaced with cannabutter if you want to make the final dish into an edible cannabis dose. Many people even put the butter directly on toast or into their coffee—it’s truly that versatile.
You can also swap cannabutter into any old family recipes or favorites that you may have. As long as the butter doesn’t get too hot, you can create an endless taste combination with your cannabutter supply. Ultimately, the best seasonal cannabis recipes are the ones you enjoy.
Using Fresh Florida Foods
With the amazing weather in Florida, we have access to a wide variety of produce. Fresh ingredients are extremely important when creating cannabis-infused food and drinks at home, as it ensures a high-quality product. The local weather gives Floridians the unique and exciting opportunity to create cannabis treats that rely on seasonal fruits and vegetables. The final result is nothing short of delectable.
When you eat produce seasonally, you allow your mind and body to better tune into the changes in weather and climate. Taking advantage of local food also helps the environment and allows you to experience the height of flavor, as the produce is at its ripest.
If you’ve been looking to experiment with making your own edibles, consider taking the seasons into account. When you have fresh, delicious ingredients, the end product is bound to be good.
Before you make and enjoy your own edibles, it’s important that you know how much THC is in your product. Without knowing your THC content, you can easily over or under dose and end up with a subpar experience. When you know how much THC is in each of your servings, you can better pace yourself when you consume your delicious treats.
The recipes below use MÜV’s easy to follow cannabutter recipe for the infused butter. We trust our formula because it focuses on the decarboxylation process, which is a key step to ensuring that the THCA makes it from the plant to your system as true THC. The final THC content will depend upon what kind of cannabis flower or kief you use to make your butter—every strain of cannabis is different. It’s important that you only use flower if you know the THC content; otherwise, you could end up with a product that is too weak or too potent.
It may be confusing, but the THC that will be present in your final edible product is not the same amount that’s in the flower. This is because of the decarboxylation process that we mentioned earlier. To determine the THC of your edible, multiply the THCA content of the flower you used by the decarboxylation conversion rate (.877). This will give you the THC content of your butter.
It’s important to note that this is not an exact science when you’re executing it on your own. Unlike professionally produced edibles created in a lab by cannabis experts, who use a standard operating procedure to precisely control the THC in each product, making your own cannabutter in your kitchen does allow some room for inaccuracies. The only way to get a truly controlled dose is with lab-tested, professionally-made products from a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.
The Best Seasonal Cannabis Recipe For Springtime
Spring in Florida is a lovely time of year. The summer plants begin to grow and bloom, and the air smells sweeter and fresher than it did during the winter. Just as with any climate, new produce begins to ripen, giving us the opportunity to make new and exciting recipes
Produce in season includes peppers, cucumbers, spring greens, melons, stone fruits (peaches, plums, cherries, etc.), berries, and edible flowers.
It’s hard to live in the South and pass up the opportunity to eat a good peach. As spring rolls around and peaches jump into season, consider making this cannabis-infused peach-raspberry cobbler, or “CannaCobbler,” as we like to say.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35-40 minutes
Total Servings: 6-8
For the filling you will need:
- 3 cups of fresh raspberries
- 2 cups of fresh Florida peaches, skinned, pitted, and sliced
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
For the topping you will need:
- 4 tablespoons of melted cannabutter
- ⅓ cup of brown sugar, tightly packed
- ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup crushed pecans or almonds, whichever you prefer
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
How to Make CannaCobbler
- Begin by turning your oven to 325 degrees.
- While it is preheating, mix the cobbler filling. Stir the peaches, flour, sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon in a bowl. Once this is thoroughly mixed, add the raspberries. Be careful to leave the raspberries as intact as possible.
- Grease a baking dish with non-stick spray and pour in the filling mixture. Be sure it’s smooth and the filling moves into all corners of the dish. Let sit while you make the topping.
- Using a medium-large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, oats, pecans, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. Combine them by hand or gently with a spoon.
- Melt your cannabutter slowly on the stove. The heat should be low, so you don’t burn the butter or compromise the THC content. When it’s melted, add it to the topping and gently combine.
- When the topping is combined, pour it on top of your filling in the baking dish. It’s important that the entire surface area is covered.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until you see the filling bubble nicely.
- Serve alone or with ice cream, and be aware of dosing before you take a second piece.
The Best Seasonal Cannabis Recipe For Summertime
Floridians live for summertime. The beach lifestyle comes into focus this time of year, and true Southerners don’t return to the north to beat the heat. In fact, we thrive on the extra humidity these months bring.
Types of produce in season include melons, cherries, stone fruits, tropical fruits.
Cannabis Vinaigrette Recipe
When it’s the peak of summer in Florida, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. Thankfully, you don’t have to cook to make a truly delicious salad dressing creation that will delight your taste buds and mellow you out.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: N/A
Total Servings: 4
- ¼ cup of cannabutter, melted
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- ½ tsp of mustard (Dijon is best, but spicy brown is also fine)
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp dried basil
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp of salt
- Pinch of ground pepper
How to Make Cannabis Vinaigrette
The instructions for this simple vinaigrette are easy—just put it all into your blender and mix well. We love this dressing on a bed of spinach, apples, feta, walnuts, and dried cherries. However, with its bright tang, it goes with nearly any fresh produce you have on hand for a salad.
The Best Seasonal Cannabis Recipe For Autumn
As the world begins to slow down and look inward, Florida prepares for the tourist season. Though the weather may be only slightly colder, it’s still satisfying to curl up with a book and a good autumnal recipe—especially when the nights start to turn a bit colder.
In season produce includes apples, citrus, pomegranates, and squash.
CannaButternut Squash Soup Recipe
When things start to cool down and you’re ready to curl up with a hot bowl of soup, nothing beats this butternut squash recipe with its dose of cannabis.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
Total Servings: 6
- 1 ½ tbsp of cannabutter
- 1 tbsp of regular, cannabis-free butter
- 2-3 pounds of peeled and cubed butternut squash
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 small red pepper, diced
- 5 cups of chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 tsp of vegetable broth
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Salt and pepper to taste
How To Make CannaButternut Squash Soup
- Sauté the onions and red pepper in the regular butter and oil until the onions are translucent. Add the squash and chicken or vegetable stock to the pot and lower to a simmer.
- After the mixture has simmered for 15-20 minutes, carefully remove the large chunks of squash and transfer to a blender. Blend them until smooth and return to the pot.
- Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Stir to thoroughly combine.
- Lastly, add your cannabutter to the pot. Allow it to melt as you stir for about 4-5 minutes on low heat until you’re ready to serve.
- Optional: add a dollop of sour cream, some crumbled bacon, fresh chives, croutons or pumpkin seeds as a garnish.
The Best Seasonal Cannabis Recipe For Winter
Though it doesn’t get quite as frigid as some of the northern states, Florida winter is still an adjustment from fall and spring. As you settle into the winter months, consider using a new cannabis recipe to liven up your routine.
The produce in season at this time includes lemons, limes, oranges, and avocados.
CannaKey Lime Pie Recipe
There is absolutely nothing quite as Floridian as key lime pie. In the winter, when the limes are in season, take advantage of this cannabis-infused version of a local favorite.
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes + 2 hours to chill
Total Servings: 8
- 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup regular butter, melted
- ¼ cup cannabutter, melted
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 cans condensed milk
- ½ cup sour cream
- 1 cup key lime juice
- Lime zest, freshly grated
How to Make CannaKey Lime Pie
- First, heat the oven to 325 degrees.
- Then, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and both kinds of butter.
- When combined, form into a pie pan and bake for 5-10 minutes to solidify.
- Whisk the remaining ingredients (except for the lime zest) in a large bowl. When it is combined, transfer the mixture to the crust and bake for another five minutes.
- Leave the pie to cool, then chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours before serving.
- Add the lime zest before plating.
A Note On Dosing With Homemade Edibles
These recipes will provide you with a delicious seasonal dish to help add some culinary flare to your cannabis cooking experience. Just remember, one of the most important things to keep in mind when cooking with cannabis is to pay attention to the amount of infused butter you are adding, per serving. Everyone has different sensory tolerance levels, so you may need more or less than the cooking amounts suggested for these recipes. We suggest you track your doses and observe the way you feel, only adding to the dose once you’ve started low and are sure you need to increase. Know your tolerance and choose appropriately to avoid overindulging.
Content Manager for MÜV Florida and Contributor for Zen Leaf Dispensaries. A cannabis connoisseur with a passion for explaining the miraculous possibility of the plant, Swan began her journey with cannabis as a recreational user and quickly realized its positive impact on her depression and severe anxiety. She joined the cannabis industry as Receptionist and MedTender and witnessed first-hand the immense potential of the plant for a wide variety of ailments, deepening her passion for alternative medicine. Swan is dedicated to self-education on the plant and sharing its potential with all. She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa.