How to Incorporate Cannabis into Traditional Jewish Food for Rosh Hashanah
JeffThe420Chef helps you have the highest High Holidays ever.
Published on September 29, 2016

The evening of Oct. 2 marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Like most Jewish holidays, it is celebrated with a festive meal full of traditional, delicious food. While cannabis is not a customary ingredient used in most Rosh Hashanah meals, it is something that could bring some new flavor and feeling to your holiday table.

To help you prepare the highest High Holiday meal ever, MERRY JANE spoke with cannabis chef JeffThe420Chef, who’s been hosting “Pot Shabbats”—cannabis-centered Sabbath meals—for a while now. He even included many traditional Jewish recipes with cannabis twists in his recently released cookbook, The 420 Gourmet: The Elevated Art of Cannabis Cuisine.

“Cannabis use dates back to when we were in Egypt,” says Jeff of the relationship between Jewish people and the plant. “Ancient Pharaohs were buried with cannabis in the pyramids! It’s also kosher!”

For those of you planning on serving a highly special High Holiday meal this Rosh Hashanah, Jeff offers these tips:

Use a simple replacement.

One of the easiest ways to incorporate the ancient herb into your holiday meal is with apples and honey. Jewish people traditionally dip slices of apples into honey to encourage a sweet new year. Buy some cannabis-infused honey and you’ll take this tradition to the next level.

Focus on effect.

As far as cooking and what type of cannabis to use, Jeff is less concerned with strain than with effect. “Make sure to find a good, uplifting strain,” he says. It’s a celebration, after all. You don’t want to bring the party crashing down.

Make it all about the food.

If you’re cooking with cannabis, your guests shouldn’t also be smoking or drinking in abundance. You don’t want people to “cross-fade.”

Keep it cool.

If you’re cooking or baking, never go above 340 degrees. Anything above that will start to burn off both the THC and CBD. Brisket is perfect for this because the best way to cook it is low and slow.

Dose properly and inform everyone.

Whenever you cook with cannabis, you should make sure to not only let guests know which dishes have cannabis in them, but also how much is in each serving. The standard edibles dose is 10mg. You want to prepare your recipes so you know approximately how many milligrams of cannabis there are per serving. Jeff details these amounts next to each recipe in his cookbook, and he also has an incredibly helpful cannabis calculator on his website that you can use.

Always create a virgin option.

While it might be tempting to have an entire meal laden with cannabis, reality dictates that too much of any edible is not a good thing. So, if you’re making Jeff's “Potzo Ball Soup” recipe, make sure to also have a batch of non-cannabis-infused matzah balls ready to go. This allows guests to medicate and enjoy the meal at their own pace.

For JeffThe420Chef cannabis recipes perfect for Rosh Hashanah, such as his brisket, “Potzo Ball Soup,” Pecan Pepper Noodle Pudding (a.k.a. kugel), and canna-challah, check out his website and his cookbook.

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