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Truffle Tips: How to Recognize and Conserve the Best

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Truffle Tips: How to Recognize and Conserve the Best
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  • Since the cost depends on the weight, before putting your truffle on the scales, make sure you’ve cleaned the dirt off it: even a gram makes a difference.
  • The experts believe that one can tell if a truffle is good by smell alone: it should have a slight garlicky smell mixed with a scent of honey and cut grass.
  • Truffle should absolutely not have any smell of ammonia.
  • It should be firm to the touch. If it’s not, it means that it’s too old.
  • If it costs too little, be wary: if you have any doubts, consult the Truffle Market before deciding to buy.
  • If you’re still uncertain, you may ask to have the truffle “scratched” in front of you so you can see the inside.

If instead you’re lucky enough to be given truffle as a gift, here’s what you should do.
 

  • Clean it well just before using: gently brush it and then rub it with a moist cloth until the dirt is gone.
  • Conserve the truffles in the fridge wrapped, one at a time, in a cotton dish towel or paper towel. Be careful: dairy products, eggs and meats nearby will absorb the odour.
  • Once cleaned, you can store the unused portion in a tightly sealed container covered with rice.
  • You can also conserve in fat: for example, cover it in a bottle with good quality oil. Black truffle should be chopped, white truffle, sliced and then you can mix it with excellent softened butter. Remember to add a pinch - of salt.
  • Purchase a “mandolin” or truffle slicer, the instrument in the shape of a grater that allows you to slice it without wasting any.
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