The Secrets of White Truffles Part 2
If you read our first post, you already know everything about white truffles: where to find them, how to recognise one and why white truffles are so expensive.
Now, it’s high time you discovered how to maintain a white truffle in perfect condition once you got your hands on it and how to taste it at its best.
How to store white truffles
Do not wash it. Ever!
Just brush it gently to remove all impurity such as sand or small particles of ground and dust. A toothbrush will do.
Wrap it in a dry tissue paper, or a kitchen paper towel, place it in a sealed container like a glass jar and store it in a dark place at room temperature. You’ll need to change the paper towel once a day.
Avoid humidity at all cost and keep it away from other food, for example rice: it will absorb all its aroma. If rightly stored, your white truffle can last up to 6/7 days.
Some suggest to freeze it but we are not big fan of frozen truffles: chances are, you’ll loose a great part of its value this way.
How to use your white truffle
Ok, you lucky one got yourself a white truffle. Make the most out of it: treat yourself and those you really, really, love with a white truffle right!
Never, ever, slice a truffle with a knife. And do not (you were not even thinking of it, right?) cut in little bites.
A truffle needs to be sliced with a shaver. Did you know that the Italian Michelin star chef Davide Oldani partnered with company Sanelli to create Xfetta shaver? A one-piece truffle cutter. The name is super cute too: Xfetta is a pun meaning perfect in Italian and per each slice (perfetta and per fetta).
The innovation: the fixed blade guarantees same width slices, which is great to make sure everyone gets the same amount of truffle.
If you are out at dinner, truffle should sliced in front of you on a plate. We recommend tajarin (tiny slim spaghetti pasta typical of Piedmont area), risotto, or why not, the most incredible omelette. The usual serving of a truffle is 5 gr per person.
What do you eat your white truffle with
Be aware: do not fry, cook or boil your truffles. It gives its best when you simply slice it on some pasta.
In Piedmont, locals love to serve a few slices as thin as a butterfly wing on tajarin.
The golden rule says that the best way is to serve the truffle on a really basic dish, such as pasta in bianco, as the Italians call pasta when dressed just with butter or extra virgin olive oil.
Another option is to serve it on fried eggs or carne cruda: shave 4 or 5 slices of truffle on thin slices of raw meat or on meat cut in small cubes. Dress with just a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and the magic is done!
Would you like to create a quick Pasta with white truffle yourself? Recipe for pasta here below:
Ingredients for 4 people
350g Fresh tajarin, tagliatelle or spaghetti
¼ cup unsalted butter
20 grams of white truffle
Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Once the water is boiling, add salt and the pasta, tajarin or tagliatelle.
Cook until it’s tender or al dente. Drain the pasta. Toss the pasta in a pan with butter at lukewarm temperature, then divide in 4 pasta bowls. Shave the white truffle on each portion. Serve immediately.
What wines go well for white truffles?
White truffle and wine pairing has been long debated, the traditional view is that a red wine from Piedmont is the perfect match: let’s say a Barbaresco or a Barolo. both made from Nebbiolo grapes.
The long time the wine spends in the wooden casks softens the high tannin levels and makes the red wines great to celebrate the aroma of the white truffle.
Others suggest white wine allows the incredible taste and aroma of the white truffle to be better appreciated. A glass of Gewurztraminer or Chardonnay would be a good choice. Lastly, if you feel adventurous, why not try sparkling? Some delicious 2015 Alta Langa DOCG is available on our shop, trust us: it'll not disappoint.
Where to buy white truffle in London?
If you can’t swing a last-minute trip to Italy, the easiest way to get your hands on some genuine white truffle products is…guess what? Head to our shop online for some white truffle extra virgin oil.
Planning a truffle hunt in Italy? Ask us for some insider tips.