Truffle Oil: The luxurious taste of success
WHAT ARE TRUFFLES?
Raw truffles can be costly due to their rarity and how difficult they are to obtain. Trained truffle-hunting animals, such as pigs and certain dog breeds, typically search for these delicacies underground. When storing fresh truffles, it is important to ensure they remain at room temperature and that they last no more than one or two weeks before losing their flavor. Taking the right steps should allow you to preserve the freshness of truffles so that you can enjoy their taste at its best.
WHAT IS TRUFFLE OIL?
Are you a home cook who appreciates the unique taste of truffles? If so, truffle oil is an ideal ingredient that can easily add umami flavor to your dishes. It’s accessible, convenient, and long-lasting (up to eight months!), so you can use it anytime you’d like without having to worry about it going bad. Furthermore, due to its amazing aroma, truffle oil is perfect for topping steaks, pasta dishes – all kinds of meals! Thanks to this esssential ingredient, getting that gourmet truffle flavor has never been easier.
HOW IS TRUFFLE OIL MADE?
Delicious, high-quality truffle oil comes in many forms. It’s usually made by infusing extra virgin olive oil and either real truffles or a chemical alternative to create the flavor and essence.
SYNTHETIC TRUFFLE OIL
For synthetically made truffle oil, the chemical alternative most commonly used is the compound 2,4-dithiapentane. It’s used in truffle oil recipes by being mixed with olive oil, mimicking real truffles by emulating a similar aroma and taste.
While synthetic truffle oil can create a similar truffle flavor to the real thing, some people may long for truffle oil that uses real truffles as the main ingredient. For those of us that desire a natural truffle oil, there are plenty of options.
NATURAL TRUFFLE OIL
Natural truffle oils that use actual truffles are made by infusing raw truffles into olive oil. Though this process is most likely more time-consuming than it is to synthetically create truffle oil, many prefer knowing their truffle taste is coming straight from a natural source.
For those interested in real truffle oil, we recommend our Black Truffle Oil. Our recipe uses real truffles and olive oil to emulate the taste.
When cooking with natural truffle oil it’s important to recognize that the type of truffle your oil uses and infuses with olive oil can make a difference in the taste of the oil itself.
THE WORLD IS YOUR TRUFFLE
Truffle oil doesn’t make the best cooking oil and won’t give you the flavor you’re looking for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore its use. White or black truffle oils are a fantastic way to season, enhance, and bring your cuisine to another level. So feel free to play around and use it however suits your culinary creativity!