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Truffles in Cooking


									Truffles have been considered a delicacy by gourmets for many years. As
such, these highly sought after and hugely expensive items need to be
used properly in order to get as much flavour as possible, without
damaging the flavour of the entire dish or making the truffle taste too
light for the dish. Careful attention to the details of execution in
preparation should be paid in order to use these little spores properly
in your recipes.It is important to remember that we eat not only with our
mouths, but also with our nose. In fact, the olfactory senses are far
more acute than are our taste buds. Therefore, it is paramount to utilize
the ingredients in such a way as to accentuate the aromatic qualities of
the truffles. Whether you use white truffles or black truffles it is
paramount to plan your meal and recipes accordingly.Your recipe should
tell you what to do with the truffles in order to achieve the best
combination of taste and aroma. However, one should note that because of
their unique flavour profile, the other ingredients in the recipe must
also be of a high quality in order to accentuate their flavour not
overwhelm the truffles. These other ingredients are to play a supporting
role in the dish, rather than to take center stage.Foods that are high in
fat content tend to work well with the earthy taste of truffles. Things
like cheese, butter, foie gras, eggs, and cream all tend to help
accentuate both the aroma and flavour of the spores. Other fats can also
be used, things like olive oil, canola oil, and even animal fats rendered
from meat. Pork fat tends to work very well with truffles, but one must
take care to use unsmoked and uncured animal fats. Things like bacon,
ham, and prosciutto tend to have very strong flavour and can mask or hide
the subtleties of the truffles in your recipe.Because of the expense and
the strength of truffles, they are typically sliced very thin before use.
This helps to maximize the surface area of the truffle and allows the
taste buds to fully realize the flavour they possess.It can be difficult
to find a good source for truffles, but in some cases you can find a good
store from which to buy truffle online. Make sure you understand their
shipping policies as well as their freshness guarantees. Fresh truffles
are the best, but you can use fresh truffles for up to three or even four
days. Realize that the longer you store the truffles, the less flavour
they will contain with each passing day.Another good pairing for truffles
is pasta and sauce. However, one should take care to not include the
truffles in the cooking process of the pasta or the sauce. Most sauces
for pastas tend to be heavily seasoned and could overshadow the truffle
if it were to be used in the cooking process. This is true of both tomato
based red sauces and white cream sauces. The best way to use truffles in
this fashion is to shave them thin over the top of the finished pasta and
sauce dish.

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