How do you get the delicious kief that lodges between the teeth of your grinder, sticks to the walls, and is generally a pain in the butt to get out?
Photography by Georgia Love for Herb
From the last bit of peanut butter to the dregs of laundry soap, getting a sticky container empty is a pain. And if you grind your own herb, you have surely had this dilemma. The delicious kief that you collect doesn’t want to fall out. It lodges between the teeth of your grinder, sticks to the walls, and generally makes it a pain in the butt to get every last bit out. You don’t want to just wash it, that defeats the purpose of saving it in the first place. So how do you do it? Simple, with this little secret from LeaferBag.
Start by emptying the kief that can be easily separated from your grinder. Then, find a coin that will fit loosely inside the middle chamber of your grinder, where your ground weed ends up. A dime usually works best as it’s small and doesn’t smell like copper. (However, if you have a larger grinder, you may want to choose a heftier coin.) Just make sure it has room to move around inside the grinder by giving it a light shake, and listening to hear that the coin can bounce around easily inside the grinder.
Reassemble your grinder and put it in the freezer. This works well because cannabis trichomes become more brittle when exposed to the cold, making them easier to separate from the metal of your grinder. Simply leave your assembled grinder in the freezer overnight, and by the time you wake up the next morning, it should be the perfect temperature for extracting that sweet, sweet kief. That’s when you’re ready for the most exciting step: actually removing the kief.
Shake the bejeezus out of the grinder. Pretend you have maracas and there’s a party. Imagine your grinder is a Polaroid camera and you’re Andre 3000 shooting an Outcast video. Shake it like your favorite bartender does while preparing Singapore Slings. Whatever your choice of analogy, the point here is to just shake it! Allow that coin to bounce around the inside of your grinder like a fly caught in a lampshade. If you’re doing it right, the coin will hit the cold kief-covered walls of the inside of your grinder at about Mach 10, dislodging that stubborn kief instantly.
Open your grinder, remove the coin, and then see how much more kief you have in your collection chamber. If you did your job properly, the inside of your grinder should look like a miniature Mount Kilimanjaro of kief—beautiful as it is dangerous. Except instead of running the risk of falling down a mountain, your only liability will be getting higher than the interest rate on your student loans.
Did you get enough to smoke a bowl? Powder a joint? Show us pictures of how much kief you have saved up on social media or in the comments below.
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