Freeze Drying: Perfect cure!

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  1. tokaite

    tokaite The WeedComber

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    [​IMG]FREEZE DRYING

    This is the seventh time that I am using this method and it is working absolutely great.

    Guaranteed better taste, flavor, aspect superior to "dry-jar cured" system.
    What you need:

    1. Frost free freezer
    2. Shoe box, cartoon whatever...
    3. Your stuff :)

    Basically 2 ways of doing:

    1. Easiest,
    -Chop, hang and dry-time as you would usually (me between 4-6 days), then cut branches, nuggets (I like to keep the max branches on it) and place in shoe-box, cartoon straight in freezer (-20 C) and leave for at least 10 days...
    No lid required, air circulation necessary (frost free freezer)
    -Take out "delicately / cautiously" your things (Trichs at risk of knocking off at that temperature but not like they will all go off (remember bubble hash?)
    -Keep them as it is, in box for 1 hour or so (still tweaking last did 4 hours and work even better) at room temperature
    -Put in jar, burp 1 or 2x for the first 2 days. (when I did 4 hours out, it was not required)
    -Done!

    You will notice that "it is" a bit dry (I checked 50-55% RH) when out of the freezer (it is fine), once put in the jar, all come back and much better!

    2. Harder, just a bit!

    -Exactly the same but only for the pre-drying it is different, I noticed that if you can keep extending drying slowly more, taste / flavor / aroma is getting even so much better.
    If you use shoe box as first method....:
    I chop, then cut the branches or part to the shoe box size and place as it is in it then let "slow" dry as long as you can... then proceed with the rest of the manip...
    I extended my drying from 4-6 days to 10 days then in the freezer by this manner just watch out not to over dry.

    Just try it!
    If skeptical, try with your popcorn buds and see
    or
    think about hash making....
    When you keep your trims, fresh in freezer, for later use..... your Ice-hash will taste better aroma /floral taste (that is a fact) than if left drying then stored.
    I kept some buds in freezer for later hash making but did not make as needed them to smoke and OMG!

    Hope I make sense, if not ask,

    Enjoy!
    :peace:
     
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    evol Evol Seeds Founder

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    Sounds logical. I will cure an oz from my next harvest this way to compare.
     
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    swampman Organic Reptile Hunter

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    Shit where I live sounds much better cause I've lost alot to mold ...so im up for a new challenge ...
    Thanks for the Info m..glad im making some bubble with ma lady !!!!
     
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    tokaite The WeedComber

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    high!
    How have you been doing?
    Trust me, not challenging at all, so easy and so rewarding!
    :peace:
     
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    swampman Organic Reptile Hunter

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    I have heard this alot
    ..but I has been do e and seen it done ...
    My house is so old it crazy ...I have Ozone buster just to be safe not for the SMELL just for this mold or harmful bacteria ....
    So I was gonna do the bubble with half ...just might do three cure challenges ....ill be around in 3 weeks to check in and ill need some info m.
     
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    DWCocha The real COOKIEMONSTER

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    nothing :(
    Im going to try :stylez rasta smoke:My Portuguese friend said this & does it all the time :smokebuds:
     
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    ska'd 4 life AFN Assimilated

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    This is an interesting method, thanks for sharing tokaite! :High 5: I posted a thread about powdery mildew on buds in cure, and whether or not a water cure would salvage them, I'm wondering if the freeze cure method could also benefit infected buds? I'm thinking that any spores would be killed in the freezing process rendering them harmless and safe to smoke? :peace:
     
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    tokaite The WeedComber

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    High!
    Not sure about that...depend of the type of PMldw cz I know some can be "dormant". For MJ, no idea
    but they would not spread for sure....

    Peace!
     
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    do you get a menthol taste at all ?

    i ask because not long ago i used to smoke native smokes , they were hard on me so i went with menthol , still native though

    at one point a native i was buying smokes from told me to get them to menthol they freeze dried them early to trap in the chlorophyll

    i dunno if its true or not , thats why i ask if you notice this

    peace :Cool:
     
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    tokaite The WeedComber

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    Here is how I do it:

    Roughly cutting branches from stem....and in the cartoon. I used shoe boxes before but now that:
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    Then I place the whole cartoon box in the freezer for 10 days minimum (up to 20 days):

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    After 10 days, I remove the cartoon from freezer and keep it @ room temperature for 4 hours.
    Try to manipulate box carefully, oyur buds are freezing cold and trichs are more vulnerable to falling off (to an extend...it is not like you will have bald buds:) )
    Anyway after that time, I trim.... and put in jar for 1 day or so to see RH% stabilized.
    I put my buds with 62% Boveda pack, works great... and hop in the fridge @ 3*C,
    The RH will not go over 65%RH wich is perfect curing window.


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    Hope it helped,

    Peace
     

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