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8 Simple Steps to Infuse Oil or Butter using Your Instant Pot

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Infusing Oils has become increasingly popular as society's awareness of the numerous healthy benefits of herbs and/or spices has increased.

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When using herbs with psychoactive effects, be responsible:

  • Keep your herbs and your herbal infusions, safely out of reach of children.
  • Never serve infused libations or products to guests without their knowledge.
  • Micro-dosing is always suggested, there is no way to predict how any single individual will metabolize herbs.
  • It is not wise to drive, operate machinery, or make any life-altering decisions for at least several hours after you have consumed your herbs and the effects have worn off.
  • If you are intelligent enough to follow the recipes, you are intelligent enough to know better, don't break the law.

Infuse Butter or Oil!

Butter or Oil?
I love a blend of avocado oil, it has a high smoke point and a flavor that pairs with my herbs. For this recipe, you can use butter or canola oil, coconut oil, olive oil, pretty much your favorite household fat but before you go on, consider what you'll be doing with the oil or butter that you infuse. I've included a chart below.;

We infuse at a relatively low temperature, the things we create with our infusions are generally higher temp delights! Always, consider your herbs as well, higher temps may scorch or burn off the medicinal value of many herbal infusions. You may have to adjust your time and temps mindfully.

Here are the temps we infuse at:

Instant Pot

  • High Pressure: 10 -12 psi
    239°F - 245°F (115°C-119°C)
  • Low Pressure: 5.5 - 7 psi
    229°F to 233°F (109°C - 112°C)

No Clashing Scents?
You'll have no aromas clashing in the pot or out! Since we use mason jars with fresh, new lids, each jar can use a different herb and the smell will remain inside the jar until it is cooled and then opened. So no strong odors are ever being released!

Science

Toasted (activated) herbs on the left, dried herbs on the right

Toasted (activated) herbs on the left, dried herbs on the right

8 Steps to Making Infused Oil or Butter:

  1. Put your herbs into the spice bags. .25 oz or 7 grams in each bag

    Some medicinal herbs require decarboxylation or "decarb'ing" beforehand, it's just a fancy term used to activate their medicinal qualities by removing the carbon and carbon dioxide from the plant material. If you do not need to decarb, your process is even faster and easier. >> SKIP TO STEP 2

    • See DECARBOXYLATION note, above.
  2. Slowly melt your butter or oil so that you can pour it with ease. Use caution not to scorch or burn it, as this will ruin the flavor of your final product.
  3. Add 1 TBSP of Sunflower Lecithin in each bag with your herbs. It can be liquid or powder, this will help your body absorb the healthy benefits of your herbal infusion.
  4. Pour your butter or oil through the spice bag and cinch it closed tightly. The more secure the bag is, the cleaner your end result will be from small particles.
  5. Place a fresh lid on each Mason jar and secure it, "finger tight". This means as tight as only the force of your fingers will allow.
    The point is to avoid any water getting inside the jar, but not to torque it down so hard that you are unable to remove the seal after the process.

    Once you have the lids secure and the jars are in place inside your Instant Pot:
  6. Add water to the Instant Pot filling about 1/2 way up the height of the jars. The jars will want to float, which is why the lids should be on finger tight. They should be just fine, but you can use the trivet that came with the Instant Pot to hold them down in place before you close the lid if you wish to play it safe.
  7. Lock and Set the Instant Pot Pressure Valve, then set on High-Pressure for 40 min and Cool Down or natural release for at least 20 min.

    Once the Instant Pot is depressurized and the jars are cool enough to handle:
  8. Open one jar at a time and leave the bags intact. Squeeze the over your mesh strainer, through nylons, cloth, or whichever method you chose and wring out as much oil from the bags as possible while they are still warm.

If all went well, you have a greasy cloth bag full of wet, greasy herbs, place the bag aside for a nice herbal-infused tea or Chai if you'd like later on. Remember to come back and CLICK HERE for those recipes and more!

... If any water snuck into the jars, all is not lost!
Some recipes even suggest making the infusion by mixing the oil and water together inside the sealed jar, as they will separate once cooled. Just remember to use a bowl or other open vessel that will allow you to easily remove the hardened product you wish to keep and discard the water that collected underneath it.

You now have an infused oil or butter that is ready to eat or to cook with.

If you notice plant matter floating around in your oil or final product... you can strain it again as many times as you prefer. If cooled, melt it slowly. I definitely suggest a coffee filter inside of a funnel, but you can use anything that works for you, I have heard people use clean t-shirts nylon stockings, use whatever makes you happy.

You may wish to pour your butter or oil into silicone molds to make sticks or sticks perhaps in smaller containers that can be refrigerated or frozen for a longer shelf life.

Make sure to label your lids and/or jars accordingly, also please be responsible, medicinal oils should always be kept out of reach of children.

These small infused oils and butter make great gifts!!

Put that leftover bag of plant material to good use!

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Just can't stress this enough...
When using herbs with psychoactive effects, please be responsible:

  • Keep your herbs and all products infused with them, safely out of reach of children.
  • Never serve infused libations or products to guests without their knowledge.
  • Micro-dosing is always suggested, there is no way to predict how any single individual may respond or metabolize high levels.
  • It is not wise to drive, operate machinery, or make any life-altering decisions for at least several hours after you have consumed your herbs and the effects have worn off.
  • If you are intelligent enough to follow the recipes, you are intelligent enough to know better, don't break the law.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Mira Juana

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