TIP OF THE WEEK: What do you know about the truffle life cycle?
BLACK TRUFFLE TIPS
How to clean Black truffles?
Truffles should be gently hand brushed. Dry brushing is better but a tiny stream of water is ok. Allow to dry in the cooler. They should be cleaned right before use. But be careful, soaking them in water for too long will ruin them.
WHITE TRUFFLE TIPS
The white truffle, like the other species of truffles, is an underground mushroom that lives a symbiotic life with a tree. It is connected to the root of the host tree. Unlike the black truffle, the white truffle grows only wild.
How to clean white truffles?
Clean just before use. Truffles should be gently hand brushed. Dry brushing is better but a tiny stream of water is ok. Allow to dry in the refrigerator
How to store fresh truffles?
Preserving up to five days:
Place the unwashed truffles in a wooden box, cover them with a slightly damp paper towel, and keep refrigerated. As an alternative, you may also want to wrap the unwashed truffles in aluminium foil or in vacuumed plastic bag, and keep refrigerated. Not washing the truffles until last minute is key to preserve their freshness!
Preserving up to two weeks:Thoroughly rinse the truffles under a steady stream of water. Clean with a soft brush (a toothbrush is perfect). Allow to dry. Place in a shallow container and fill it with sunflower or peanut oil. Cover them completely. This oil will be truffle flavored and may be used for cooking!
Keeping for several months, a few options:
Freezing the truffles
Wash and brush the truffles as described above, allow to dry, wrap in aluminium foil or in vacuumed plastic bag and store in freezer. When it is cooking time, thinly slice the frozen truffles. This way they will retain their natural juice and their full aroma.
Preserving in alcohol
Wash and brush the truffles as described above, allow to dry, place in a jar and cover completely with cognac. However, keep in mind that cognac might overwhelm the truffles’ natural flavor.
Preserving by sterilization
Place the washed and brushed truffles in a small jar. Add a little salt and a teaspoon of water for every 50 grams of truffle. Seal the jar airtight. Sterilize at boiling temperature (100°C or 212ºF) as follows:
- 2 hours for less than 40 grams (1.5 oz)
- 3 hours from 40 to 100 grams (1.5 to 4 oz)