APRIL FOOLS: Culinary department introduces edible baking class

Students will gain the abilities to bake their own edible treats and help improve their overall culinary skills. (Neil Conway/ Creative Commons)

Students will gain the abilities to bake their own edible treats and help improve their overall culinary skills. (Neil Conway/ Creative Commons)

Saddleback College’s culinary department will be running the first pilot of pot baking classes during the fall 2016 semester focusing mainly on desserts. This class will be designed for beginners, covering all major areas of baking marijuana edibles, including how to make cannabutter and the perfect pot brownie.

“I think it’s a great addition to what we have to offer here at saddleback,” said Department Co-Chair and Culinary Instructor Leslie Inhigh. “It will be teaching all the basics getting students where they need to be when I comes to baking pot and creating their own edibles at home.”

The class will be sectioned off into three major areas including how to make your own cannabutter, basic baking techniques and will also cover the effects of eating cannabis.

“I’m beyond excited about Saddleback offering this class,” said Janis Chong, 22, culinary major. “I’m terrible at baking edibles and having a class where I can get hands on experience and valuable knowledge on cooking with cannabis will definitely help my culinary skills.”

Last April 1 Saddleback’s horticulture department made the decision to allow their students to cultivate marijuana in their garden plots as reported by Lariat reporter Niko Labarbera. They will now be partnering with the culinary department to provide cannabis for their students and join the two to make the programs stronger.

“It’s a fantastic idea to combine the two programs and having them work together,” said department chair and horticulture instructor Tom Budsworth. “Many students who also didn’t know we offered pot growing classes can now take up the opportunity to learn this valuable skill. I lets the students interact with new departments and creates a sense of family.”

The health department did not agree to this decision made on campus though calling the idea to have a class for making edibles “preposterous.”

“This entire idea is ridiculous,” said Director of Student Health Services Dr. Jamie Rollis-Greenwell. “To promote more sugar consumption on campus is a terrible idea with the rise of diabetes and heart disease. The class should focus more on healthier ways to use cannabis in cooking.”

Due to high volumes of students joining the pot growing classes offered by the horticulture department the classes are expected to fill quickly. Instructor’s recommend that if this is a class you’re very interested, plan ahead and know your registration date.

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