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How to Incorporate CBD Products into Your Cooking

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a popular compound found in the cannabis plant. It also happens to be the second most abundant extract in the hemp plant. The marijuana plant comprises over 115 medically beneficial compounds. However, CBD and THC take up to 40% of the extracts. CBD compound is known for its anxiolytic and analgesic properties, making it a perfect anxiety and pain remedy. CBD-infused foods can also help deal with inflammatory diseases, seizures, sleep disorders, and nausea. CBD products can be infused into our bodies in several ways, including e-liquids, smoking, or spray tinctures. However, for CBD edible products, opt to incorporate them into cooking. Here are tips to consider when cooking with CBD products.

Be Wary of THC

Experts discourage cooking with CBD products with significant THC levels. High levels of THC come with undesirable psychoactive properties. Excess consumption of THC could also induce a host of side effects, including hallucination. After all, you wouldn’t want to get high while trying to treat a chronic condition. However, medical experts encourage THC compounds for people already used to CBD products and recreational users. Research has found that a combination of THC and CBD can bring about the entourage effect.

Watch Out for Heat

Heat facilitates the degradation of CBD compounds. Degradation makes CBD products less potent. So, when cooking with CBD-infused oils, be sure to keep the temperature within a moderate level. Heat control will help prevent the breakdown of CBD compounds and losing their effectiveness. Do you find it challenging to control the heat level while cooking with CBD compounds? Consider adding the oil after the food is cooked.

Choose the Right Product

CBD products are available in all sizes and shapes. They are available in inhalable products, smokable products, oral tinctures, and CBD-infused edibles. While all CBD-infused products offer the healing benefits of cannabidiol, some can’t be used for cooking. For example, CBD e-juice can’t be used for cooking because it might contain toxic compounds. Similarly, CBD gummies, CBD-enriched bath bombs, and dried cannabis flowers aren’t ideal for cooking. CBD-infused oils are the ideal CBD products for cooking. They usually contain two ingredients, carrier oil, and cannabinoid. You can also cook with CBD tinctures. But tinctures may contain alcohol, an ingredient not a popular choice for most people.

Be Patient

The effects of CBD edibles take longer to kick in compared to other administration methods. It takes around 1 to 3 hours for the effects of CBD edibles to be felt because they must undergo digestion before entering the bloodstream. However, on the contrary, the effects of CBD edibles last longer than other delivery methods.

Mix with Cooking Oil

The cannabinoid is fat-soluble, so it can easily be absorbed into the body with fats such as coconut oil and avocado. Mixing CBD oil with fat adds to its effectiveness. However, be cautious when you mix cannabinoid compounds with alcohol because it can cause a high effect. Avoid CBD-infused meals if you’re planning to drive to prevent accidents. Also, make sure that it doesn’t mix up with your regular medications because it can become toxic. CBD-infused meals have more medical benefits than many other herbal extracts. But it should be consumed with caution to avoid severe side effects such as dry mouth, lightheadedness, and nausea.

Hotdog Meals To Cook in the Toaster

The toaster oven is proven for fast-cooking any meals, from your favorite waffles to a whole chicken, but if you or your kids can’t get enough of hotdogs, I’ve got FIVE awesome hotdog meals that you can cook in your handy toaster oven. 

  1. Traditional hotdog sandwich  

Probably the easiest hotdog meal to cook in the toaster oven is your hotdog sandwich. You just need a couple of steps: 

  • Heat the hotdogs. Do you want yours crunchy? If so, either increase the temperature or let it cook longer. Most hotdogs are already pre-cooked, so just heating them up enough to reach the middle is enough. 
  • Prep your other ingredients. If you want yours with pickles, cut some up. If you want to top it off with bacon, fry a couple of strips right after cooking your hot dogs. Want it Mexican style? Cook a mix of green peppers, jalapeños, tomatoes, garlic, onions, green and red bell pepper.
  • Heat hotdog buns. Whether you bought hotdogs buns at the store, or pre-made yours from scratch, heat up the buns, then arrange everything. 
  • Finish off with condiments. Serve with your favorite mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup and/or hot sauce.  Grate cheese on top, if you want your sandwich cheesy. You can even place the entire sandwich into the oven for a minute to melt the cheese. 
  1. Hotdog pizza 

Take out any flat bread you have, or defrost pizza dough. When your crust is ready, splash on some canned tomato sauce, or your secret homemade pizza sauce, and arrange slices of hotdogs on top of the bread. If you want to add mushroom, peppers, ground meat, or any other ingredients, now’s the time to do so. Finish it off with as much cheese as you wish.

Once everything is ready for cooking, place the pizza inside your oven. Set the appropriate temperature. For most cases, your pizza will be done in 10 to 15 minutes. 

  1. Grilled cheese hotdog sandwich 

If you’re a fan of anything grilled-cheese, then this hotdog version will surely be another alternative you can add to your quick-and-easy toaster oven recipes. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or late-night cravings. 

To do this, prepare your butter, slices of cheese and slices of bread. 

  • Reheat your hotdogs or cook them to your liking. When ready, slice them thinly and put aside in the meantime.
  • If your toaster oven has two racks, use the bottom rack and preheat the oven. If it has cooking modes, place it on the “bake” setting. 
  • While the oven is preheating, spread one side of your bread slices with butter and place it into the racks. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on how thick your bread slices are). Remove the bread slices from heat. 
  • On a plate, add more butter to one side of the bread, then place your cheese slices and hotdog slices inside, forming a sandwich. Bring back your sandwich to the heat and brown it as much as you want. 
  • For toaster ovens that only have a top heating element, you have to flip the sandwich mid-way, so both sides of your buttered bread get golden-brown. Of course, make sure your cheese is melted enough that your hotdogs look gooeys and yummy. 
  • Cool slightly, slice and eat up. 
  1. Pigs in a blanket  

If you have kids, I’m sure you’ve tried this one before. They’re adorable, so much fun, bite-sized, and easy to prep. You can buy pre-made pastry dough, so you can just shape it into what you’re baking. 

In this case, you’ll need to cook the hotdogs first (some people no longer pre-heat or cook their hot dogs though). 

When ready, line small sheets of dough onto the oven toaster rack. Place one cocktail hotdog (or half-size of the regular hotdog) on each dough square or rectangle, then roll one side going to the next side to “put the pig’s blanket on.” Once you’ve done this for all your hotdogs, bake in your toaster oven until cooked. 

  1. Hotdog ppang

This next one is a YouTube find that I tried and loved. It’s a Korean hotdog recipe, which tastes like sweet pizza with fluffy dough. It uses dough made from scratch (but you can also go with store-bought dough). The end-result looks tricky, but it actually isn’t. Just place one hotdog on a rectangular-shaped dough, then pinch the edges to close it. Do this for all your hotdogs. 

They’re going to look like a corndog by now. Get one and cut it about half-an-inch crosswise. Don’t cut the dough through the bottom. Now get a piece of hotdog and rotate it to the side laying it flat on the oven rack. Do this to all hotdog bits until all the hotdog is facing upward. Sprinkle toppings (bacon, jalapeno peppers, cheese, and everything else you like). Then place it into the toaster oven for cooking. 

These are just five of my favorite hotdog meals you can cook in your toaster oven. Do you have one you’re willing to share?

Time To Pull Out That Grill: 6 Tip To Get All Your Neighbors Knocking Down Your Door

Are you planning ahead for summer grilling season? Do you want to ensure that all your neighbors feel free to drop in without an invitation? Try these six tips to bring all your neighbors to your next barbecue.

Meet and Greet

Making a connection with a neighbor can be as simple as a short conversation while you’re out with the stroller or walking the dog, or taking a meal to a new neighbor. Ideal summer covered dish meals included grilled vegetable kebabs, burgers and hot dogs. Don’t forget tasty homemade vegetable dips or salsa.

Keep Your Yard Attractive

Mow your yard regularly, sweep your sidewalk and keep outside decorations seasonal but subdued. Make it a daily chore for the kids to pick up their outdoor toys. Grill out regularly with your family. This gives you practice in trying different dishes and tells your neighbors that you enjoy entertaining and eating outside.

Get the Bugs Out of Your Yard

Bug zappers aren’t attractive when you’re trying to eat. But there are a lot of different, subtle ways to discourage mosquitoes in your yard or around your patio. Flies and mosquitoes can easily be deterred by the scent of rosemary, peppermint, basil and thyme. Simple solution, plant a herb garden around your eating area outside. And think of all the benefits, no pesky bugs, a natural solution, looks beautiful, and you will have fresh herbs to incorporate in your cooking adventures. Just be sure to leave some on the plants for the bugs.

Light Up the Night

Outside lighting doesn’t have to be expensive or even professionally installed. You can buy solar lights from your local farm supply or lawn and garden store. Use solar lights to light your walkways and mark the perimeter of your patio or the stairs up to your deck.

Anticipate Different Dietary Needs

When you’re throwing an open outdoor barbecue, it’s entirely possible that potential guests may be diabetic, vegetarian, on a gluten-free diet or on the wagon. Provide at least one dish to meet every need and be sure to have non-alcoholic beer and sparkling grape juice on hand. Don’t be afraid to grill traditional meat entrees and provide beer and wine as well. There are so many different options and different recipes you can test out. You can even save money by buying meat online in bulk and in different cuts. Then you will have it on hand for an impromptu get together. You can easily satisfy all your guests with just a few dishes.

Dropping in and Saying Goodbye

Your guests shouldn’t feel any pressure about dealing with their dirty dishes before they leave. Put out two or three garbage cans with bags so that guests can easily clean up after themselves. That way your guests don’t feel obliged to load your dishwasher and you have less to do after the party.

When your neighbors know that your summer barbecues are casual and easy-going, you won’t have to invite them. They’ll show up as soon as you put the meat and veggies on your grill.

Stand Out: Five Surprising Ways to Use Your Stand Mixer

Stand mixers are great for replacing several other appliances and cookware items in your kitchen. You can create many new recipes and become a chef by using your stand mixer in a variety of new ways. All you need to do is purchase a few new accessories for your mixer. Here are five ways to use your stand mixer that might surprise you.

Grind Food

When you want fine or coarsely ground meats, cheese, nuts and vegetables, the food grinder attachment is perfect. Create fillings for your ravioli, freshly-made ground beef for hamburgers, crumbs for coating other foods and even Parmesan cheese to put on your pasta. Make your own ham salad as well. You can also add a vegetable puree and strainer attachment to your grinder to make your own jam, jelly, baby food or pasta sauce.

Mill Grain

Create your own flours and fiber-filled goodies by grinding down corn, rice, oats, wheat or other grains. Create flours that are extra fine all the way to cracked-grain style. You can also grind your own flaxseeds to add to your smoothies, pancakes or put on top of just about any food to boost the health benefits.

Make Ice Cream

There is no need to create room for an ice cream maker in your kitchen when you can purchase the added accessories for your stand mixer and make a perfect treat that way. The trick is to make sure your bowl, which is available through Mendingshed.com and other retailers, is very cold before attaching it to the mixer.

Slice and Shred

Whether you want cheese slices and deli meat or sliced vegetables or fruits, the cone-shaped shredder comes with four blades. Two of these are for shredding and two are for slicing, which makes it possible for you to create healthy salads all with your stand mixer. Shred cheese for any meal including pizza also.

Create Pasta

There are actually several attachments besides the genuine KitchenAid mixer parts that allow you to create your own homemade pasta. The pasta roller helps you to make long strands of pasta such as spaghetti noodles and linguine. The pasta extruder helps you to create smaller pastas like macaroni and fusilli that hold sauces well. The ravioli attachment creates perfectly-sized and matching top and bottom layers for you to create your own stuffed ravioli. The pinching tool keeps fillings in and water out.

You can create a wide variety of meals and snacks with your stand mixer by adding accessories such as the the ice cream maker, slice and shred accessories, grinder, tool to mill grains or the variety of pasta attachments so you do not need so many kitchen appliances. Use these five ways to use your stand mixer to mix it up!