Nebula Infusion Chef iSmoke Review Article
Using the Nebula Infusion Chef for the first time
This week I got my hands on the Nebula Infusion Chef, a new kitchen product by Nebula, who make the Nebula Boost Decarboxylator and Nebula Titan Vaporizer that you have seen reviewed here previously on the channel.
Now I know what you are thinking – and I did finish my review series some months ago. But as I’ve been cooped up during lockdown and enjoying a spot more cooking, I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to try out something designed to make edibles infusion easier, and of course, I wanted to share my experiences with you here on the website.
I’m not a big edibles maker. Sure, I eat cannabinoids on occasion, but I don’t find myself making vast batches of anything, as I just don’t get through it quickly enough. So I was delighted to see that the Nebula Infusion chef allows you to make smaller or bigger batches depending on requirements.
For my first time using this product, I will be using half a pot of AVB (already vaped, and thus, decarboxylated) bud and coconut oil (up the minimum level) in the Infusion Chef.
Note: If you are using fresh flowers in the Infusion Chef, you will need to decarboxylate them first before they can be infused into something. For this, you can use your oven or the Nebula Boost.
The Infusion Chef looks like the Nebula Boost’s big brother. It is the size of a kettle, with a plug-in power cable (supplied in the box are UK and EU cords) and the familiar Nebula green plastic design.
The top comes of the unit lifts off, and with it comes the mixing blade. Inside there is space for plenty of herbs and butter/oil – with handy min and max lines on the side.
Using the Nebula Infusion Chef is as simple as filling it up with the desired amount of butter/coconut oil and decarbed herbs, putting the lid on, and selecting one of the pre-made programs. I picked oil for coconut oil, pressed start, and the machine started operating.
The oil setting sets the machine in motion for 1 hour at a temperature of 160 degrees F (you can manually change it to C if you prefer). The butter setting takes longer than coconut oil, and you can set a manual time and temperature from 30 mins to 12 hours if you want, meaning the Infusion Chef can be optimized for the personal preference of any edibles chef.
When I hit the start button, I was surprised at how quickly the mixture heated up – some steam even came out the side like a kettle. Actually, so did some coconut oil smell, so be aware that this doesn’t block smell like the Nebula Boost during operation.
The whirring motion of the mixing blade begins when it reaches the correct temperature. Here it starts for a few minutes before stopping and resuming intermittently – every few minutes – for the rest of the program. The Infusion Chef isn’t silent like the Nebula Boost because of this mixing motion which can be heard whenever the mixer spins up.
At the end of the program, the machine will beep, and then it is time to strain your mix. I grabbed a ceramic bowl and the included strainer and poured the oil into the strainer to get my strained mixture. It only took a few minutes, and after that I had my infused coconut oil. You can cook with this straight away, or put it in the fridge and come back to it later when you need it.
I would recommend you read the manual of this product, particularly the section on cleaning, which you will need to do after every use. I found the Infusion Chef pretty easy to clean, but note that it says not to submerge any parts of the machine in water.
Fortunately, it has a clean function that helps take care of some of the work, but it was still a different cleaning process to regular dishes (Not dishwasher suitable, for a start).
As I used AVB for my infusion, it came out dark, compared to if I had used virgin flowers. Still, the quality of the Nebula Infusion Chef’s infusion seems really good – mixing it during the heating process seems like it improves potency and absorption, and the resulting oil looks pretty potent.
For transparency: I have not used the competitor of this product, the Magical Butter Machine, so I cannot compare the two.