The Sira Spotlight series focuses on one of the most interesting aspects of Sira Naturals: our people. Each month, we highlight members of our staff from across the entire organization.
In this Sira Spotlight, we are highlighting our Infusions Department Leads, Abi Rodriguez and Sarah Rogers, to learn more about their roles overseeing the kitchen and creating various edibles and infusions.
(Pictured Left to Right: Abi and Sarah)
What is your role at Sira?
Abi: I currently work as one of two kitchen heads in the infusions department.
Sarah: I’m one of the leads in our infusions department.
How long have you been a part of the Sira team?
Abi: I started my journey with Sira in August of 2019, so I have been working here for about a year and three months now.
Sarah: I’ve been with Sira for one year.
How has your experience informed your current role at Sira?
Abi: When I was first hired, I started upstairs in the processing department. I learned firsthand what it was like to work with cannabis - from harvest to trim.
Sarah: My past jobs have helped me adapt to the fast pace environment of the kitchen.
What is a typical day in Sira’s Edibles and Infusions Kitchen like?
Abi: Sarah and I are hear around 6am every morning. After the much-needed morning coffee, we tend to throw on something good to dance and move to and start our day of Gummy making. A good soundtrack really can affect the outcome of good or great product.
Sarah: We come in turn on some good music and let the gummy making roll.
Do you need to have a deep culinary background to work in Infusions?
Abi: It helps to recognize a commercial kitchen when you see one. Working in a fast-paced kitchen is the same as in any bakery or restaurant. Navigating tight spaces all while trying to keep up the pace is no easy task, but with hard work and determination anyone can learn to handle the heat in the kitchen both literally and figuratively.
Sarah: A background in the kitchen would help, someone who is used to working in a fast pace environment in tight quarters.
What is your favorite edible to create?
Abi: Well we're focused mainly on the production of gummies right now. Possibly in the future we will get the chance to make different edibles. I hear the people are really enjoying the Wicked Sours, and it’s our job to deliver.
Sarah: I personally love making brownies at home, here at Sira I love making the blue raspberry gummies the most because the amazing smell of the flavoring that fills the air when creating them.
Any exciting new edibles/ infused products in the works?
Abi: We recently made sample batches of 12 different flavor gummies. To be honest, only a few really stood out to me, personally. All I can say is the Cinnamon flavor was delicious.
Sarah: Yes! We have a green apple gummy in the making!
Any tips for creating edibles at home?
Abi: Cooking with cannabis will always smell fantastic and hella strong. No one can smell the weed If everyone is high.
Sarah: When making butter or oil at home, I tend not to overly squeeze the cheese cloth or press the cannabis into the strainer hard, by pressing hard you are only getting most of the cannabis taste; i.e. it doesn’t make the butter stronger.
Do any of Sira’s edibles/ infused products cater to those with special dietary restrictions? I.e. Vegan, gluten-free, etc.?
Abi: Our gummies are similar to some of the candy you enjoyed growing up. They're coated with sugar so I wouldn’t suggest them if you’re watching your weight. Only the stoned and brave can handle the sweet and sour candy. Also, the Highly Edible Fruit Pucks are vegan, gluten-free, and have all natural flavoring and colors, plus low in calories!
Sarah: Our gummies are Kosher friendly.
What’s your favorite Sira product and why?
Abi: You can't beat flower. Nothings better than rolling up your own blunt of Rainbow sprinkles and Dosie during the day.
Sarah: My favorite Sira product would have to be our Jimmy's Choice Dosido flower.
What do you enjoy outside of work?
Abi: Exactly what you would think a smoker would be doing. Kicking back, watching Anime and smoking a weekend blunt. Maybe I’m reading a good book or if inspiration hits, ill sketch in my journal, but best believe I am enjoying my weed.
Sarah: I love to enjoy nature and explore new places; I also really love to listen to music and dancing.