How to Preserve Truffles
Truffles are a very precious commodity, so preserving them to make great dishes is very important. Although truffles have an aroma and maturity which are ideal when fresh, they can also be frozen or bought in jars which guarantees their preservation. Before buying truffles, you should know that there are various types and different preservation methods. Therefore, this OneHowTo article explains how to preserve truffles so you can add them to your dishes at any time.
Before buying truffles, you should know the type of mushrooms you are buying and whether they are edible or inedible. You can preserve them depending on the type.
Take note of the following tips in order to properly preserve fresh truffles and keep them in an optimum condition for consumption.
Clean the truffles. The first thing you need to do with the truffles is to clean them with water. Also, with the help of a small soft-bristled brush, remove the most damaged parts of the mushrooms.
After having cleaned them properly, place them in a bowl with water and put them in the refrigerator. With this method you can keep fresh truffles for approximately 10 days.
A second method to preserve truffles is to freeze them. This method is perfect if you want to keep the mushrooms for a longer period of time, such as a year. You don't need to slice them in order to freeze them. You can place them whole in the freezer, and grate whatever quantity you need when you need it, without allowing the whole truffle to defrost.
Truffles preserved in jars. If you have bought a lot of truffles, it is ideal to keep them in jars. You can do this by using different liqueurs or wines which will also help the mushrooms deliver more flavour to your dishes. For example, brandy preserves truffles for longer. Boil truffles in a liqueur for 30 minutes and then keep them in the refrigerator.
You will also find truffles packaged in water and salt for sale, whether whole or sliced into pieces.
There is another way that will not only preserve your truffles but also give them flavour. For an even more intense flavour that makes dishes taste better, aromatise the mushrooms for 24 hours before use, whether you cook them or freeze them. As well as helping the truffles, it will keep them in a good condition prior to preparing them in a stew.
Preservation in vinegar is another great way of storing your truffles for later use. You can submerge truffles in any mild vinegar such as apple or dry sherry and allow them to infuse for a couple of months in the mixture. Remember this method will ensure the truffles are not damaged, however, it can happen that the truffle dries out and lose their flavour. Therefore, this trick is recommended if you want to add them to salads, soups or salad dressings.
Finally, another way to preserve your truffles is submerging them in oil. Place grated or chopped truffles in either olive, sunflower or peanut oil. Then place the truffles in the oil in the refrigerator to avoid them spoiling. If you place a whole truffle inside, you will need to filter the oil in a few days.
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