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By: Dan

Did you know you can reuse your vaporized herbs (a.k.a. “duff”) for cooking? Most of the active ingredients from herbs are released during vaporization, however, what remains is still useable and can be extracted. One of the best ways to reuse your vaporized herbs is to melt them into butter and use it in your favorite recipe(s).

Note: The potency of active ingredients in the butter will fluctuate based on how long and how hot you previously vaporized the herbs. Any ash or burnt remains from smoked herb should not be used in cooking. To create a more highly concentrated and potent butter with vaporized herbs I recommend using a butter & water mixture or simply adding some fresh unused herbs to the mix. Here’s a basic list of ingredients and materials you’ll need to get started:

  • Finely ground vaporized herbs and/or fresh herbs
  • 1 Stick of sweet unsalted butter (for every 5-6 grams of used herb, 3-4 grams of fresh herb)
  • Stove
  • 1 Cheesecloth and/or strainer
  • 1 Bowl or container
  • Refrigerator

Using a small to medium saucepan, add a stick of butter and some water.

starting-butter

It doesn’t really matter how much water you use because in the end, it will separate from the butter and can be discarded. Measuring from the bottom of the pan, I recommend using about 1 ½ inches of water. Once the butter is melted and mixed with the water add your vaporized leftovers. Bring it all to a boil for about 45 minutes, and try to avoid using any HIGH heat settings.

boiling

Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally. Afterward, pour the darkened buttery brew through a cheesecloth or strainer into a bowl/container.  The used herbs should remain on top of the cloth or in the strainer while the dark buttery liquid passes through into your container.

cheescloth-butter

TIP: If you use cheesecloth, you can squeeze the soaked herbs like a tea bag to extract any remaining liquid. You may want to skim and remove any stray material that might have made it through.. 

Cover the strained buttery liquid in the container and refrigerate to cool. After the butter/water mixture has had sufficient time to cool it will separate into a layer of congealed butter atop some dark colored water. Gently remove the butter “cookie” and discard the water. The active ingredients will absorb into the butter, while the bitter herbal extracts will sink into the water. You can now use the butter as you would any normal butter in a recipe of your choice.

finished-butter

So stop throwing your vaporized duff away and start cooking with it today! Be on the lookout for future cooking articles and money saving tips from VaporStore.

Enjoy!

18 Comments

  1. BlindDude on March 31, 2009 6:49 am

    Great article, but you might want to mention that some “herb” is not grown at home and purchased illegally, and may contain harmful toxins from pesticides that can destroy your liver.
    Thanks

  2. MitoP on March 31, 2009 8:55 pm

    er.. do you eat vegetables? do you grown them yourself? if not, legally purchased vegetables and fruits also contain residue of pesticides. A quick view of the Consumer Reports website can give you an idea of what produce has the highest levels of pesticide residue… and the list is long.

  3. sheeryl on April 14, 2009 5:44 am

    i am now the proud owner of a vapor tower and a vapor genie. in my circle this is an alien item. while it has been a strange experience for the boomers I’ve introduced it to, once they get the hang of it and realize there is no more cough they love it. and of course i refer them to the vapor store.

    i should add that i have asthma and conventional smoking methods were causing serious health problems with my lungs . i was amazed to find out that i was able to use the vapor tower after recovering from a severe asthma attack and pneumonia combined, with little to no discomfort. my only issue now is to get my husband to convert, he hates change but even he is seeing the light after the benefits i have achieved from vaporization.

    have been wondering how the make butter for ages! please add more recipes, especially one for making oil.

    By the way…..GREAT SERVICE on a GREAT PRODUCT!

  4. Nik on April 26, 2009 8:16 pm

    Good read! This post reminded me to do something with the large quantity of “duff” that I have been saving up.

  5. grant k on May 1, 2009 3:21 pm

    hey blinddude what the hell u on about,if you dont like it dont do it-fool

  6. Wisewomyn on May 1, 2009 11:24 pm

    Dan –

    Many thanks for your DETAILED instructions — you make it easy for us “impaired” cooks

  7. kripkeeper2 on May 19, 2009 12:53 am

    Dear, Vape I bought a volcano vaporizer and just have fallin in love with it. I was haveing problems smokeing so a friend turned me on to the volcano vaporizer WOW was i surprised so smooth and clean and saves so much herb it payed for itself in less than 60 dayes. Thanks for the butter recipe had been makeing oil from vaped herb but rather have butter now i do Thanks again for a great product that really will benifit ur health and high! Kripkeeper2

  8. Dan on June 15, 2009 9:48 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks to the vaporstore for such a terrific product as the vapor tower…its a phenomenal piece of equipment and i’ve never felt healthier as i’m breathing much better while still receiving my medication as needed through the vaportower…this article now allows me to stretch my medicine even further (as if the vaportower alone didn’t save me loads of medicine already) and i appreciate the article…keep the vapormovement going and i’m recommending a vaportower to all my friends who use herbs for medical purposes…thanks again

  9. Queen BeeYatch on February 17, 2010 6:04 am

    Thank you for the instructions! I have tried to find good, clear instructions and it is not easy. The pictures help as well… knowing what it should look like is a big help.

  10. Sobr247 on April 16, 2010 7:34 pm

    Just wanted to add to this great article that using a coffee grinder for the fine herb as well as a slow simmer for 3 hours produces great results, if you are adding marshmellows there is no need to use a strainer or cheesecloth – it all goes in, use the same pan then add the cereal for yummy bars. I LOVE MY VAPE!

  11. bluiris on April 16, 2010 11:41 pm

    I have been making my own butter for years,but I use a crock pot and on low I cook over night, then I put the crock in the frig and when the butter solidifies, I take it off the top. If it has herb on it I melt it and strain it. Works nicely, I make gourmet cookies that people beg for.

  12. Darth Vapor on April 17, 2010 1:35 am

    There’s a better recipe — basically you do the same sort of thing in a covered pot or crock pot and let it simmer for 22-24 hours. You want it to just be barely bubbling. If your cooktop has a warming element, use that. I just did this with some fresh herbs — 4g and made 4 cookies. TOO STRONG!!!

    I never ever got off on food, because usually people use cheap left-overs, stems, trimmings, or duff, and hope for a miracle. It will not happen and it is a waste of time. I think adding some low potency duff will just muddy up the whole process. There are probably other fat soluble chemicals, so the more potent the, uh, peppermint, the less cheated you will feel. In fact, next to vaporizing, this is better (more efficient and more intense) than anything else.

    I looked into this because when I went to see Dethklok, it was at some university, and they did a pat down at the door, and I almost lost my i-inhale (yes, the $250 one, now called the i-olite). As much as I love to vape, you gotta realize at some venues, you’ll get searched and they’ll just take it. You ask for it back, and what are you gonna do? Call the cops? Sue them? It’s gone!!!

    The water is essential!!! This will keep the butter from overcooking. I used a recipe I found in some special cook book many years ago, and even though I used good ingredients, it just said to cook the butter and the herb. Bad idea. If you aren’t careful, it’s very easy to overcook the butter, and it ruins the whole thing — you won’t get any effect. There is a double-boiler method of doing this, but it’s a pain — just do it with butter and water and let gravity and temperature do their work. If you are impatient, put it in the freezer for 30 minutes when you’re done. My advice is — once you get the hang of this and get your recipe down, make a large batch and freeze it (if you are the sort that can control yourself and doesn’t have (greedy) roommates). Some people I have lived with would eat the cookies and replace them with Pepperidge Farm.

    Another way to get more squeeze out of the remaining stuff is to put it in a potato ricer and squeeze out the butter. That will do more than your hands and cheese cloth can do, and will probably do more for your butter than a bunch of duff. It also makes superior mashed potatoes.

    My advice — screw the duff. If you have a good vaporizer, there’s only traces of the good stuff in the duff. It may actually be counter productive — more plant material absorbing and holding in butter. No matter how much you squeeze out of the remains, the duff will be holding in some of that precious butter. My advice is to use the same quality herb you would vape, and forgettabout the duff — it may do more harm than good.

    Jeeze, after I had 1 cookie yesterday, I suspect a wizard flew in through my window and spiked the cookies with something… It was intense! My advice — don’t be cheap, use good ingredients, or you will be sorry. Don’t over do it, or you will be sorry. I would recommend about .5 – .7g of quality herb per cookie or whatever. Use about 1/2 stick of UNSALTED butter for each 3.5 – 4g. I also find the boxed cookie mixes (like Krusteaz Chocolate Chunk) work very well — the extra ingredients make a nice dough and the cookies hold together very well. There’s nothing worse that some crummy cookies some dopey hippy cooked up that fall apart (oooh, but they have fennel!), and then you’re eating crumbs out of some saran wrap. That, and I don’t bake a lot, so I don’t want a can of baking powder and 5 lbs of flour sitting around for 5-6 years. That said, after discovering this other recipe for butter (which I think is much better — it’s called Bob’s recipe), I plan on doing cookies much more often.

    This is really neat. Now I can enjoy, uh, peppermint, when I am at a concert where I can’t get away with vaporizing (like Pat Metheney’s Orchestrion tour — that is going to be sick!)

    One thing — make sure to test your baked goods before you go off to your event. Make sure you eat it on an empty stomach. I am really glad I did — I would have been buggin’ out if I had a whole cookie and went to some auditorium packed with people and listening to weird music — yeah, and it’s just peppermint ;-)

    I basically sat around at home for several hours with sweaty palms and that roller-coaster feeling, watching adult entertainment during the peak, in order to put my mind elsewhere and avoid the noid… Gee, I can’t remember having such an experience in decades — reminds me of when I was a teenager… I kept telling myself, it’s just peppermint. But jeeze if I didn’t feel like magic mushrooms. Lasted forever too — I ate the cookie at 2pm, felt it at 2:45. By 4pm I was lost… Around 8pm, I started to simmer down, but it lasted until I went to sleep at 11am and I still feel it 24 hours later. 1g per cookie did this… If you vaped that much herb, maybe you’d get that experience, maybe not… If you smoked it, definitely not. So yeah, if you really know how to do this right, it’s better than smoking and more convenient than vaporizing. Just don’t be cheap!!! Use quality ingredients and don’t water them down with duff, stems, leaves or any crap.

  13. vapedg13 on August 30, 2010 12:56 am

    Wash your butter !!!!

    Next, take your butter and ground herb and put it in a wide-mouthed canning jar. Add enough water to fully wet the herb.

    Put the jar with the butter, water, and cannabis in a large stockpot with enough hot water to reach up to the shoulders of the jar. Screw on the band but don’t tighten it down- hot air and water vapor must be able to escape. Bring the water bath just to BARELY a simmer.

    Periodically, remove the jar from the water bath, tighten the lid, and gently shake the contents to re-mix, as they tend to stratify. Loosen the band again before returning the jar to the water bath. Heat for about 2 hours, then pour into a second jar, through a potato ricer to strain, and squeeze out ALL the liquid.

    Place this jar in the refrigerator until the two phases stratify and the butter sets into a solid mass. Poke a large hole through the butter and pour out all the water through a strainer to catch any butter pieces floating in the water. Re-fill with clean water and return to the hot water bath. HOT WATER ON COLD GLASS WILL CRACK THE GLASS! Bring the bath back to temperature gradually.

    Now repeat the heating and shaking process. You will see that the water becomes cloudy. This is all contamination leaving the butter. Chlorophyll, plant matter, even excess fertilizer salts are washed away, leaving pure butter with the psychoactive compounds.

    This is called a liquid-liquid extraction, and takes advantage of the different solubilities of polar (salts) vs nonpolar (hydrocarbons) compounds in polar (water) vs nonpolar (oil) solvents.

    Repeat the chilling and separating process, re-fill with water, heat again. The third time, the water should remain quite clear, and when you pour it out, pour it through a permanent coffee filter (the metal kind) to remove any large particles still remaining. This time when you chill it, you will notice what a lovely pale green color it is, and also that it smells like sweet butter and hash, but not really like pot.

    When you cook with washed butter, the cannabis flavors are very subdued, to the point where you may not even notice any at all. Nice stuff.

  14. chef on August 30, 2010 1:02 am

    It is much better to use high temp. oil such as peanut oil. Think of it this way. You just vaporized at least 350 degrees so why would you use butter and keep the temp low. the hot oil method pull the extra out using the extra heat. this work for fresh herbs exceptionally well. do not heat the oil first stir the herb in and start warming slowly. Keep close tabs on temp. and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Makes some very flavorful brownies

  15. John on September 25, 2010 7:17 pm

    On your last e-mail you gave a recipe for butter with material that had previousy been vaporized. Wow best peanut butter cookies I ever ate.

    Thanks,

  16. Cindy on August 25, 2011 3:26 pm

    what is the difference in weigh between duff and any live stuff… I want to keep track how much I vapor each day and at the end of each day weigh out the duff to see just how much I ended up using that day and what when on or what did I do… I want to see what makes me vapo more or less….It will help me to understand what I may need at the time… which of the strains I have would work best for what occasion Get back to me at shadewalker1957@gmail.com

  17. admin on September 29, 2011 7:39 am

    Tough to say what the vaporizing process… I would weigh it before and after and keep track of the weight change through the process.

  18. wes on December 2, 2011 12:56 am

    I smoke my vape leftovers.

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