Infused oils are great. They let you add flavor to vegetables and meats without having to keep a ton of herbs in the spice rack, all while making a great base for sauces, marinades, and all sorts of dressings. Problem is, they take a bit of time to make, requiring you to steep the herbs in oil for a week or more. The Levo II changes that.
A countertop appliance, the device allows you to infuse oil, butter, honey, and other liquids in streamlined fashion, cutting down the erstwhile weeks-long process to a matter of hours without the need for emulsifiers or additives. Want to give your avocado oil a delicious hint of habanero and garlic for use as marinade? You can do that. What about a lemon-infused olive oil as dressing for your salads? Yes, that will work, too. And yes, you can even use this to make cannabis butter, in case you’re a card-carrying MMJ user with a penchant for whipping up THC-packing treats.
The Levo II is a countertop device that measures 13 x 7 x 8 inches (height x width x depth), so it takes up very little space compared to the convenience it brings to your kitchen arsenal. It can take up to 16 ounces of liquid for infusion, so you can make a decent amount in one go, with the herb pod allowing you to accommodate a quarter ounce of herbs at a time. A quarter ounce not enough to get the kind of flavor strength you prefer? You can actually fit two pods inside the chamber, so just get a second optional pod and you can double the effective flavor.
It comes with three functions: dry, activate, and infuse. Drying will, basically, dry the herbs first, which should extend the infused oil’s shelf life over the usual two weeks, so it’s something you’ll want to do if you don’t plan to use the oil in short order. Activating, on the other hand, is a setting specifically for weed, as it will perform decarboxylation, effectively converting the plant’s compounds into THC before infusing it into your liquid.
The Levo II’s infuse function will use heat to transfer flavors from the herbs to the oil, with users able to set their own desired time and temperature. According to the outfit, the time and temperature will depend on the liquids you’re infusing, as well as how strong you want the flavor, so you’ll probably end up experimenting here a few times before you find your desired settings for different infusions. Once the infusion is finished, the machine will prompt you that it’s done. From there, you can dispense the infused liquid by simply placing a jar (or any container) under the nozzle and pressing the dispense button.
You can monitor the process via an integrated display, while physical buttons allow you to change settings easily right on the appliance. All components that touch the herb and oil, by the way, can be removed and placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.