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3 Time Saving Marijuana Draining and Straining Hacks 

Dear Cheri,

I love cooking with cannabis but I hate draining and straining infusions, it’s a pain in the butt and always makes a big mess. Are there easier ways than the usual cheesecloth lined colander?

I agree draining and straining can be messy. But it does not have to be!

That said, if you are making large batches of infusions, the old cheesecloth-lined colander might still be the best method, especially if you used water in the mix.  But a good alternative to this is a mesh nut milk bag like the one in the photo.

Cheri Sicard holding a Mesh Nut Milk Bag

These are used to make vegan nut milks, and to strain yogurt cheese, but you can also pour your cannabis infused butter or oil and plant material into one of these in a large bowl, lift up and squeeze the bag to get all the infused butter or oil out then simply discard the plant matter.

Woman holding a French Press Coffee Pot

Another route to easy draining and straining is to make your infusions in a French Press coffee pot.

The technique is exactly the same as the Mason Jar infusion method, the only difference is that instead of a Mason jar, you use a French Press coffee pot.

When it comes time to drain and strain, push the plunger down and simply pour out your infused butter oil, cream or whatever you are infusing.

Woman holding a small jar and strainer

Also, if you make small batches of infusion, either using the Mason Jar method or my favorite way in the Ardent Nova decarboxylator, draining and straining is a breeze!

All you need is a small jar and small strainer (with or without cheesecloth to get rid of fine particles).  Place strainer over jar and pour our the contents of your infusion.  It takes seconds and makes no mess!

Use these easy hacks and draining and straining infusions will never seem so daunting again.

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