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Old 07-26-2010, 02:43 PM   #1
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Does oil owe its truffle flavor to chemicals?

How do people make "truffle flavored olive oil"?

Is the truffle, in fact, an artificial flavor?

How rare is it to find a natural product?
How can you tell from the label?

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Old 07-26-2010, 02:55 PM   #2
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The truffle flavor in most, but not all "Truffle Oil" is chemically created. The price is one indicator of the quality, but not always. These folks in Oregon are producing truffle oil that really does have truffles in it.I had the opportunity to taste this truffle oil (and truffles) from here in April. Really a lovely product. Just depends upon your budget.

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Old 07-26-2010, 04:14 PM   #3
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I get Chef's catalogue. They sell truffle infused olive oil from there, both white and black truffle. When you receive the bottle, it has shaved truffle in it. I also get truffle salt from a place in Pike's Place Market, in Seattle, through the mail. It is a sea salt mixed with ground truffles. No artificial flavor there. The brand name of the truffle salt is - Casina Rossa, Ritrovo Selections, Truffle and Salt. The ingredients list - Italian Sea Salt and Summer Truffle.

Truffles are hard to find and are rare, hence the astronomic price. They have a unique flavor among the mushroom world, and are very potent. A little goes a long way. Hope this helps.

Also, the truffle flavor is very volatile and will be lost if the flavor is added while cooking. Both the oil and the salt are to be used for finishing the dish, at the plate.

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