One of the biggest concerns people have when making their own cannabis edibles at home is how to make sure they’re fresh and edible once they’re ready to eat. It can be disheartening to realize you’ve made an edible that’s gone bad and has to be thrown out! Luckily, several ways you can prevent your edibles from going bad. Just keep these tips in mind, and your homemade edibles will stay tasty and potent as long as possible!
Tips For Storing Cannabis Edibles:
Cannabis edibles are a great way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis without smoking it. However, if not stored properly, they can go bad quickly. Here are some tips for storing cannabis edibles to stay fresh.
- Place your edibles in an airtight container with a seal and avoid exposing them to light.
- Store them in the fridge or freezer, depending on how long you plan on storing them.
- Use an ice pack when traveling with them if you want to store them at room temperature.
- Use a refrigerator at all times if you plan on freezing them for more than two weeks (it doesn’t matter what type of container).
- Remember that cookies need to be refrigerated, and brownies need to be frozen.
- Keep track of the date you put your edibles in storage and follow these guidelines from there.
Keep them at room temperature if it has been less than four months since you last used your edibles. If it has been more than four months since you last used your edibles, move them to the fridge and cook something else that day. If it has been more than one year since you last used your edibles, throw them out!
Edibles With Long Shelf Life:
- Cookie Dough Mix, Brownie Mix, and Caramel Sauce: These types of edibles usually have a shelf life of about six months or longer. The only exception is if they were made with fresh eggs; in this case, use within four months.
- Rice Crispy Treats: These edibles usually have a shelf life of up to three years as long as they are kept from moisture and light. Check the ingredients list before purchasing, as crisp rice treats containing fresh eggs should be eaten within four months. You can also freeze certain cookies and brownies by wrapping them tightly in aluminum foil and then putting them into a ziplock bag. Just make sure to label the bags with Do Not Eat or Freeze.
- Avoid letting too much heat get to your cannabis edibles because high temperatures will cause flavor changes and shorten their shelf life. Try reheating baked goods in the oven instead of using the microwave. Also, remember that muffins need to be refrigerated after baking, but cakes can either be refrigerated or frozen (unless you live in a warm climate).
Shelf-Life Rule Of Thumb For Cannabis Products:
The general rule for how long cannabis-infused items last depends on what they are. Brownies will stay fresh about as long, and gummies or lollipops should keep their flavor longer since these snacks contain more sugar than other foods do. But even then, you’ll notice that your favorite candy starts tasting stale after only a few hours around here!
Luckily there are some easy ways to preserve your edibles:
- Store them in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze edibles like cookies or brownies if you want them to last for months instead of weeks.
- Try not to store all of your edibles together; it’s better to separate them into small batches, so they don’t get ruined by being close together.
- Use the proper storage containers like jars with tight-fitting lids, freezer bags, Tupperware containers, etc.
- When freezing edibles, leave enough room in the bag to allow expansion of volume when frozen.
- Label everything appropriately with things like the date made, the name of the product, and the ingredients. It’s hard to remember where those leftovers came from when you’re looking through your freezer six months later.
- If possible, invest in a vacuum sealer to extend the shelf life of edibles up to six times longer!
- Get creative with leftovers by using them in smoothies, pasta sauces, ice cream toppings, and more.
When It Time To Replace Your Edibles:
When it comes to edibles, freshness is key. Not only do fresh edibles taste better, but they also offer more potent effects. So how can you tell when your edibles are starting to go bad? If the packaging has been opened and resealed, then you’ll want to discard the contents. You should also be careful with containers with a label with an expiration date. If the date has passed and the seal has been broken or tampered with, then toss out what’s inside as well. So, if you’re not sure if your cannabis-infused edibles are still good, here’s a list of signs to look for:
- Does the food smell different than usual?
- Is there discoloration at all?
- Do the items feel mushy or wet?
- Are there any spots where mold could grow?
If so, throw them away!
Don’t let your edibles go bad, follow these steps to keep them fresh. It may seem common sense, but many forget that their edibles will spoil if left in storage for too long. Try to remember this next time you’ve got a big batch of brownies sitting in the freezer, ready for the big game tomorrow night!