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The Best Ways to Store Truffles

Updated on April 21, 2015

Truffles are among the most expensive food that you can eat today. That is, if you are willing to part with thousands of dollars of your own money. The most prized variety are the white truffles, which can fetch a great sum of over $3,000 any given day. In fact, one specimen even got sold at an auction for $300,000.

Why are truffles that expensive? There are a number of reasons, foremost of which is because it is very rare. It only grows whenever the temperature, the soil, and the trees within its vicinity are of the right types. And it is hard to grow them in a farm, although it is very possible to do so as there are now truffle farms existing in the United States.

Some people would even say truffles are just for kings and queens (considering the price), and history tells us it’s true. King Louis XV of France ate truffles believing it was the key to his virility. Even the great Napoleon Bonaparte loved them as he claimed it increased his masculine potency.

You may not have that much money to afford the big ones, but should you ever get your hands on even a small sample of this delicacy, then you should know how to properly store it. Definitely you would want to make it stay fresh for as long as you can, so you can savor its goodness for days or weeks.

Here are some tips on the best ways to store truffles:

1. If you want to keep your truffles for as long as 4 weeks, here are the things that you should do.

Wrap them in paper towels. What it does is it keeps the moisture out, preventing early spoilage of the truffles. Then you should put them in airtight containers. Glass containers are preferred but plastic will do.

Next, put the containers in the coolest place in your refrigerator, not the freezer. This simple procedure should keep your truffles fresh for the next 3 to 4 weeks.

2. If you want to keep your truffles for as long as 10 months, follow these tips.

Wrap your truffles individually in metal foils. Then collectively place them inside a ziplock freezer bag. Before sealing the bag, squeeze out as much air as you can. This should prevent moisture from ruining the truffles. Finally, place it in the freezer and keep it frozen for the months ahead.

When you’re ready to eat them, do not thaw the truffles. Instead, cook the whole pieces or get a few shavings while the truffles are still frozen.

To help you visually understand these processes, here is a nice infographic to guide you:

Let’s truffle it!

So there you go. You now know the best ways on how to keep your truffles fresh for months. Now get out your wallet and buy your own truffles or get a dog or a pig to help you with your truffle hunting.

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