Make Better Marijuana Edibles with These Tips from a Weed Chef

With 4/20 approaching, we thought we’d ask Jeff to share some easy ways to improve your cannabis-inclusive cooking.

Source: The “Julia Child of Weed” Explains How You’re Making Edibles Wrong

Edibles have just never done the job for me. Just never got me high, even with batches that got other people really really high (as in, woke up the next day still incapacitated).

Run on 45-Degree Days for Your Best Performance

Overcast and 45 degrees might not be the sort of weather most folks dream about, but it doesn’t get much better for an outdoor run. In fact, when researchers from the University of Tulsa examined the 25 fastest performances at different distances, along with the temperature that day, perfect running temps for hovered between 73.4 and 49.4 degrees. A comprehensive study out of France analyzing the collective finish times at six major marathons over 10 years also found that 44.2 degrees is ideal for women churning out the best performances.

Source: What’s the Best Temperature for a Run?

45° F is ~7° C.

The claim is similar to why swimming pools tend not to heat the pools with lap lanes.  I can’t swim in heated pools for very long before I hop out to sit on the side, feeling the heat radiant off me.  Similarly, when I ran in hot temps, I’d sweat for a while after the cool down.  Sometimes, over a half an hour.  It was gross really, that much water/sweat running off me.

How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night)

Many of us struggle to get enough sleep every night, but is the sleep we get any good? While it’s important to get enough sleep, better sleep is a greater ally than more hours of sleep. We sat down with a sleep expert and a stack of studies to help you get a better night’s sleep and need less in the process. Here’s how.

Source: How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night)

A big part for me is dealing with stress.  Sometimes work comes home with you, or things were generally crappy.  You have to figure out what works for you to get past it.

How to Give Yourself a Spa-Like Bath at Home

You don’t have to go to an expensive spa to relax and achieve momentary bliss. You can have the same luxurious bath experience in your own home, and on your own terms, without spending a fortune or going somewhere public to get it.

Source: How to Give Yourself a Spa-Like Bath at Home

For post-race celebrating 🙂

Use a plastic or acrylic cup or glass. You can thank me the first time you knock it to the floor.

If you need to clean, wet the shower/tub down well and let it sit for a few minutes. Ideally clean right after someone showers. This will help any grunge soften. Then apply your cleaner and let IT sit for a bit. If you follow these tips your cleaning will take less time and elbow grease. And speaking of grease, a degreasing dish washing liquid like Dawn is remarkably effective on tubs or showers. After all, most of the grunge is soap (made from fat) and body oils.

Use the Rule of Threes to Find Out If You Have a Sleep Problem

It is a common story. You haven’t slept well for three days now. The alarm is set for 7 a.m. You get into bed early, hoping that tonight you’ll fall asleep early and stay asleep. Instead, you wake up at 2 a.m., staring at the ceiling, wide awake, frustrated and worrying about how you’ll function at work the next day. It takes more than two hours to fall back asleep and, before you know it, the alarm is blasting and a new day begins.

Source: What To Do If You Suffer From Middle-of-the-Night Insomnia

Couldn’t chair less

Avoid Olive Oil In Your Wok (and Other Wok Cooking Tips)

As Martin Yan always says: “It’s stir-fry, not stare-fry”.

High heat, loud sizzles, and a fast-paced, constant rocking motion. No, we’re not describing a summer blockbuster—we’re talking about cooking in a wok.

Watching vegetables, meat, and aromatics go from raw to crisp in seconds makes stir-frying in a wok a wicked way to cook. Yet so often, cooking in a wok reduces ingredients to a floppy, goopy mess. Why? Because we tend to treat woks like they’re skillets. And they’re not.

Source: How to Master Cooking With a Wok

Some other oil options, with respect to smoke point:

  • Raw coconut oil tops out ~350 F, but refined coconut oil is just over 400 F
  • Avocado oil is 375-400 F

…but sometimes you want to have a little oil smoke for flavor.  Maybe not good for your health, but so tasty…

How does the “marinade but keep dry” thing work?

If it’s meat, take it out of the marinade with some tongs and let it drip dry for a few seconds and before putting it in the wok. If you’re using sauce on veggies, put it in at the last possible second – just long enough to heat it up.

Brew Strong Coffee at a Lower Temperature to Make It Taste Less Bitter

There was a time when I used to like the taste of dark roasted coffee, but over the years that roasty bold flavor that I used to enjoy began to taste bitter and ashy. This summer I decided to revisit my old dark roasted friend to see if we could improve our relationship.

Source: Hacking Dark Roast – Tips on Brewing a Better Bold Coffee

You should use a coarser grind, or increase the dose if you’re over-extracting. Using a particularly low water temperature may cause under-extraction, or an unpleasantly sour cup.

Why Your Nipples Get Hard During a Workout (And What to Do About Them)

Working out has many benefits, but there’s one side effect that’s hardly ever talked about: hard nipples. Not everyone will experience this themselves, but real talk: nips clearly poking out during exercise can be embarrassing, and not to mention, distracting for others if they notice (and trust me, you will now). Here’s how to deal with them.

Source: Why Your Nipples Get Hard During a Workout (And What to Do About Them)

Some use Nip-Guards – I don’t know anyone who has though.  There’s also Nexcare tape – same stuff at Nip-eaze in a roll and not in circles, can get so much more tape for the cost.  Body Glide will not help.

If you have the problem (men), do not buy white (or any light colour) dry fit shirts to run. Not only it makes the whole thing more apparent, if you run to the point of bleeding it will be bad, really bad. And you can’t disguise it because white dry fit shirts tends to go transparent with sweat.

Stop Refrigerating Your Butter

You can’t tell me what to do! 🙂

Do you keep your butter in the refrigerator? You do? Stop it. Stop it right this second. You’re ruining your butter experience and making your toast taste like failure. Let me tell you why.

Source: Stop Refrigerating Your Butter

Butter at room/ambient temperature really depends on what that temperature is.  Today, my place was above 25 C/77 F – butter left on the counter would not be spreadable, it would be soup.

Ever now and then, I see butter bells in the local thrift stores.  It’s an interesting idea to have spreadable butter, cooling the butter by submerging it upside down in water.  But I’ve heard about mixed results – the butter falling into the water, and most are not translucent so you don’t know until you lift the lid.  Also, butter bells are still susceptible to melting butter if the temperature gets high enough.

You could set some butter out ahead of time, or grate it.


Can You Tell Champagne From Soda by the Sound of The Bubbles Alone?

“Sound is the forgotten flavor sense,” says experimental psychologist Charles Spence. At his lab at Oxford University in England, he manipulates sound in ways that transform our experience of food and drink, making stale potato chips taste fresh, adding the sensation of cream to black coffee, or boosting the savory, peaty notes in whiskey.

Source: Can You Tell Champagne From Soda by the Sound of The Bubbles Alone?

Cool read, the article includes audio files to try out.