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)
- 1 Cheesecloth and/or strainer
- 1 Bowl or container
Using a small to medium saucepan, add a stick of butter and some water.
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.
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.
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.
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.