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Cannabis Odor Mitigation: Eliminating Cannabis Cooking Odors 

Dear Cheri,

I recently made my first batch of cannabis butter.  It came out great and I am loving the edibles I made with it.  My only problem was, while I was making the butter, it really created a lot of odor.  I live in an apartment and am nervous about the neighbors smelling the cannabis cooking.  Do you have any suggestions for reducing the odor when making marijuana butter or oil?

Yes I do!

There are several ways of reducing cannabis cooking odors to the point where there will be zero telltale fragrances of simmering butter oil...at least until you open the lid.  As to how to make marijuana butter and oil, follow the links.

Ok there are a number of gadgets, some made specifically for cannabis, others just ordinary kitchen gadgets, that will eliminate cannabis cooking odors.  You might already own one or more of these gadgets, let’s talk them:

Instant Pot

instant pot for cannabis cooking odor control

An Instant Pot is a wonderful appliance to own even if you never cook with cannabis.  A "multi-cooker," this appliances does work of a myriad of other kitchen appliances: It's a pressure cooker that helps you put dinner on the table in no time, it's a slow cooker, rice cooker, vegetable steamer, egg cooker, and more.  You can even saute in it or make yogurt in it.  Newer deluxe models even have air frying capability.  So this is an appliance that you will use often.  

An Instant Pot is also terrific odor free way to make cannabis infusions like butter or oil.

Some people like to use the pressure cooking setting for infusions, I don't.  I prefer to use the gentler slow cooker setting.  Just follow the slow cooker instructions for making butter or oil, with water or without water in the mix, turn your Instant Pot to slow cooker and you are good to go.  The only time you smell the cooking cannabis is when the lid is open, but it will not permeate your kitchen.
Check out Instant Pots at Amazon.

Hamilton Beach Stay and Go Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach Stay and Go Slow Cooker for cannabis odor control

If you have an Instant Pot you already have a slow cooker and can skip this entry.  But if you simply want a quality slow cooker, Hamilton Beach makes a good product, and in particular their "Stay and Go" slow cookers are the ones you should consider.  Why?  Because the lid has a rubber gasket around the edge and it clamps closed.  This was designed so people could transport food to parties and pot lucks without it spilling, and to be sure it works great for this purpose.  However, cannabis cooks will find an extra bonus as once that lid is clamped closed, it virtually eliminates all cannabis cooking odors (until you open the lid).
Shop for Hamilton Beach Stay and Go Slow Cookers at Amazon.

Ardent FX Decarboxylator, Infuser, and Baker

Not only does the small Ardent Nova or the larger Ardent FX perfectly decarboxylate your cannabis, you can also make infusions like butter and oil in them too, with virtually no odor at all.  These are the only special cannabis cooking gadgets I use (you only need one of them and it will depend on amounts you like to cook).  There is no easier or neater way to get great results when making marijuana infusions.
Check out the Ardent FX or Nova at the Ardent website.  
For $30 off enter coupon code CANNACHERI at checkout.

marijuana infusions in the Ardent Lift
Mitigating Odors when Cooking with Cannabis

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