How can I easily, cheaply and quickly press a small
amount of hash?
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Slowly close the press together,
allowing the paper to be gently pulled in with the
plunger part of the press.
Contributed by: ledfether
focus of this thread is on simple, cheap, and small
batch hash production.
This method is geared
towards simple, cheap and common materials. Although
this method uses some heat, an appliance such as a
blender or mixer is not needed, nor is any freezing or
straining required. There is no wait for the product to
dry out either. You can basically smoke it right away.
I use my $35 Crystal Catcher sifter box from
whiskeyfalls.com and my ?SweatLeaf? grinder to separate
the gland heads (KIF) from the vegetable matter. I work
a batch of bud vigorously across the screen with a
credit card (instead of sifting). I discarded the
vegetable matter once done, but it surely has some
potency left in it. Very dry, fluffy bud is my
The real secret to my method is
Parchment paper. Parchment paper is wonder-stuff for
baking. It?s very strong and durable, heat resistant and
the fibers of the paper are very dense, and have a good
?non-stick? quality. The Parchment paper I have is
silicone coated for even better release.
Pile of KIF, separated by your favorite screening
Parchment paper (look near wax paper, aluminum foil
etc. in grocery stores)
Water (enough to finger dip)
Heat source (Heat softens/bursts the gland heads so
they will congeal better) Any safe heat source will do
(it?s better to have a flat surface for the hand
pressing). I used an iron for heat in this example.
Garlic press (Optional, for larger batches)
Hand pressed method:
Cut a piece
of parchment paper approximately 6? square. Place your
dry KIF in the center of the paper and carefully fold
the paper around the KIF, creating as small of a
compartment as possible for the KIF within the folded
Place the folded KIF/paper on a heat
source, with the most folded side facing up towards you.
Using your fingers or thumb (if you can handle
the heat) or another object, press the folded KIF/paper
firmly against the heat source. Hold the KIF against the
heat source for a half of a minute to a minute, or when
the heat transfers through to your fingers through the
folded paper. You do not want to over heat the KIF, you
just want to soften it and gel it a little - you may
feel the KIF ?give way? or otherwise move a little as
the heat and pressure work on it.
KIF/paper from the heat, unfold carefully and carefully
remove the flattened KIF from the paper. Cut the ?KIF
wafer? (I use a razor blade) and stack the pieces on top
of one another. Re-fold the paper and apply to the heat
source again very briefly, just to warm it up a little
and make it softer and more pliable.
KIF (now already becoming hash) and begin rolling
carefully it between your fingers, trying not to loosen
or separate any KIF powder from the pressed product
(you?ll see what I mean). Moisten your fingers with
water to assist in the rolling/balling of the clump. You
can press the clump onto any loose pieces left in the
paper (like chewing gum picking up dust) and continue to
wet your fingers a little to blend those bits in.
Once you have the ball of hash rolled to your
liking, you can either let it set for a bit to evaporate
any surface water remaining, or slice off a chunk and
Garlic pressed hash:
Prepare your KIF as mentioned previously, but
you will need quite a bit more to make this worthwhile.
Cut a piece of parchment paper (use your
judgment and practice this a few times before trying it
with your KIF) and carefully form it to the inside of
the garlic press. You have to form it with your finger
the best you can and then use the upper part of the
press to finish forming the shape prior to adding the
The trick here is to
be patient and avoid any tearing. The first time I tried
it, I got it the first time; the next time I tried it,
it took 3 tries to get it right.
are trying to form a paper cup!
form a nice cup ready for the pressing, drop a few small
drops of water in the cup and place your KIF in the
paper lined garlic press (I use a business card to kind
of funnel it in).
Put a few more small drops of
water on top of the KIF as well. You should add another
layer of paper on top of the KIF to avoid having the KIF
stick to the metal part of the plunger.
press the plunger into the press dragging the upper
paper layer slowly in with it. Do all of this very
slowly to allow the paper to slip where it wants to slip
and avoid tears.
Once you have compressed the
KIF with moderate squeeze pressure, place the garlic
press with KIF in it against a heat source. Hold to the
heat source until it is hot enough that you cannot not
hold it with your bare hand (this takes longer to heat
than hand pressing described earlier). Remove the press
from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Carefully open the press and remove the
paper/hash chunk. Carefully open paper and dislodge the
hash wafer from it, being careful in case it didn?t
press perfectly. You can use a little water on your
fingers to ?dress up? the wafer.
This method can
also utilize multiple layers (pressing, adding more and
pressing again) similar to OT?s press instructions to
create a thicker chunk. The parchment paper is an
excellent ?release material? to use when pressing
multiple layer hash.
As you can see, an almost full garlic
press cup of KIF can be pressed into a wafer a little
bigger than a quarter. The wafer shown is about a gram
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