So you panicked. You thought the world was going to shut its doors and run out of cannabis. You went out and bought a whole bunch of wholesale cannabis and made an endless amount of cannabis edibles. Don’t worry, this pandemic has been stressful on all of us but now you have enough edibles to last 2 or 3 pandemics. A great problem to have no doubt, but you’re worried you spent your hard earned money on all that bud and it’s going to go to waste, you could try to eat all those edibles but you probably wouldn’t come back from the moon anytime soon. So now you find yourself here at Haute trying to answer this nerve-wracking question. How long do cannabis edibles last? Here we’ll dive into answering how long do weed cookies last, how long do pot brownies last and everything else edible you whipped up in your kitchen.
Cannabis Edible Life Span
Unlike things like toilet paper, pasta and tomato soup, cannabis is much more perishable. Until they come up with a strain that stays fresh forever (good strain name eh?) , weed should always be consumed sooner rather then later. This is especially true when you are dealing with edibles, the rule of thumb when it comes to edibles is to treat it like any other food item. Many who make edibles tend to stick with the basics like cookies and brownies, so just like a fresh batch of grandmas baking, you shouldn’t leave those lying around for more then a week or two to avoid them going stale or bad. This is down to the ingredients you used, most baked goods edibles are made with things such as milk and eggs, which all have a particular shelf life. The baked goods you purchase from the store usually have forms of preservatives that can expand their shelf life, this however isn’t the case with home grown baking. On average you have around 5-7 days until your baked edibles begin to take a turn of the worse, this goes for things like cookies, brownies, cakes, muffins pastries and so on.
If you want to make an edible that has a much longer shelf life you should stay away from the fresh goods and create your own edible candy. Hard candies and gummies have a much longer shelf life due to the lack of fresh ingredients and the addition of artificial ingredients. For example, when creating your own gummy bear edibles the main ingredient is gelatine, seal packaged gelatine has been known to have no shelf life as long as it remains sealed. A batch of homemade edible gummy bears can last upwards to a month in the refrigerator, this gives plenty of time to enjoy your edibles without having to worry about wasting precious bud.
Below is a handy Cannabis Infused Gummy Recipe
- ⅛ oz Cannabis flowers
- ½ tsp Sunflower/ Soy Lecithin
- ¼ cup Coconut Oil
- ½ cup Water
- 1 oz Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 pack 6 oz Jello (any flavor)
- Head over to our Cooking With Cannabis article to learn how to break your weed down into your favourite foods.
- Combine the decarbed cannabis, Sunflower (Or soy) lecithin and coconut oil in oven safe container and mix. Cover, put in a water bath and place in oven still set at 250° F for 2 hours. (Remove and stir halfway through.)
- Remove the oil from oven and let cool for a couple minutes then strain the oil through a fine mesh strainer or filter. Press the oil out of the cannabis. Measure out ¼ cup for the recipe.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat combine the water and the infused oil and whisk together as you bring it to a boil.
- Whisk in each container of the unflavored gelatin one at a time while continuing to whisk.
- Whisk in the flavored gelatin and keep stirring for about 5 minutes and bring to a rolling boil.
- Reduce heat to low, spray molds with cooking spray. Fill each mold to the top with a dropper or spoon. Keep stirring your mix periodically.
- Place molds in freezer for 20 minutes or fridge for an hour to firm up.
- Unmold the candies to enjoy right away or store in airtight containers for 2 – 3 days at room temperature. Freeze for extended storage.
How To Keep Edibles Fresh
Whether it is edibles, tinictures, blams or cooking oils cannabinoids begin to breakdown under the same conditions. These conditions include, prolonged exposure to heat, light and oxygen. It is vital to keep these conditions well controlled to ensure the longest lifespan for your cannabis infused products. Keeping your products cool, dark and sealed are the measures you want when storing any infused product. First is temperature control, fridges are the best choice for controlling temperature, introducing a cannabis infused product into a refrigerator will help improve the conditions and the shelf life by either a few days to a couple of weeks.To keep your product away from light and oxygen, you should always seal infusions in a storage device such a tupperware and keep it away from any light as possible. If you plan on storing your infused product for a long period time, always store in a glass container as plastic containers or bags can influence the infusion overtime.
There are a few tried and true options you can take when best storing your cannabis edibles. Cannabis can be stored indefinitely under the correct conditions, and by choosing the right storage method it can expand the lifespan of an edible even further. Here is a list of storage options that can help with increasing the longevity of your edibles.
Silicone container: Perfect for short term storage, you want to make sure the container you use is similar in size to edible you are storing. This reduces any risk of moisture build up.
Airtight Container: If you’ve got some homemade concentrates and want to keep them for up to a month, wrap them in small pieces of parchment paper, then into a ziplock food bag. Once you’ve wrapped them accordingly place them into an airtight container.
Glass Jars: Small jars, glass containers and mason jars are very effective when storing edibles long term. Good for products that don’t stick to glass and will work with vacuum-sealed jars that can be placed in dry storage and the fridge.
Refrigerators aren’t the only option when storing edibles long term. The likes of butters , cooking oils and baked good edibles can greatly extend the shelf life by keeping them frozen for a long time. When storing things like cooking oils, or butters you should pair them with herbs and freeze them into ice cube trays. Tinctures if stored properly in the freezer can last indefinitely as long as it has certain ingredients. Tinctures with glycerin will breakdown much faster then those of pure alcohol distillations. Any tincture that contains alcohol infusion and is well stored can last years even decades without degrading.
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