How to make truffle and flavored oil at home
What is truffle oil?
Firstly, I would like to thank AndyK26 for posting this question, giving me the idea of creating this article!
Truffle oil is classified under flavored or infused oils. It is one of the best substitute to flavor food without the actual truffle itself. Eating slices of truffles are very costly, given that the flavor and aroma usually are not as strong as the oil itself. Surely you can make truffle oil or other flavored oils at home - from scratch! But firstly, I will share with you how we do it in a restaurant!
Truffle oil in restaurants
I don't quite know how other restaurants prepare the truffle oil or they choose a quick way, that is to just purchase it (which could be costly too). So what we do in the restaurant I'm working at is simply prepare it our self!
- Cheap truffles (We call it China truffles)
- Sunflower oil
The reason why we use cheap truffles is that, we only need the aroma of the truffle to flavor the oil. Sunflower oil is used as it does not have a distinct taste compared to olive oil, the amount of trans fat is lower, and certainly, it's cheaper!
How we do it?
The great thing in preparing things in the restaurant's kitchen is that we have a vacuum pack machine.
We simply fill the bag with about 2 litres of sunflower oil and about 3 numbers of cheap truffle and vacuum pack it. We then drop the bag in a pot of water measuring temperature about 50-60 degree Celsius or 122-140 Fahrenheit, for roughly 2 hours. We then quickly transfer it to a bowl of ice water before keeping it in the chiller for 24 hours before using.
Sure enough it sounds quite tedious to prepare, but that's because we have convenience of certain kitchen appliances in a kitchen.
So how we do it at home?
No worries, we did experiments at my workplace to know if it could be done simpler, without the need to use of machines and temperature takings.
Here's what you'll need:
- Glass bottle with a cork or a screw
- sunflower oil
- cheap truffles (you won't be needing that much but cut it if u need to in order to fit in the glass bottle later)
- a pot and stove (of cos!)
- Place the cheap truffle in a pot, pour in the sunflower oil and turn on low heat (Truffles and oil should be in the pot together before turning on the stove!!!)
- You need to wait for approximately 45 minutes to an hour (remember, low heat!!)
- Leave it to cool down
- Pick up the truffles and place them in the glass bottle before pouring in the oil. (It must be cooled down!)
- Place the cork/screw and keep it in the chiller for at least a night before using it.
Other flavored oils at home
The method that i have explained works well too with other ingredients, not only with truffles. Here are some other ideas that you can use to make flavored oils (Tested with the same method!):
- Rosemary and/or thyme
You can share your other ideas in making flavored oils, comments or success stories in making flavored oils at home at the comment section below! Hope you try making the flavored oils!
Remember!! The ingredients must be put together in the oil before you switch on your stove!
Coming soon!!: A video and pictures of making the flavored oil
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