Truffle is a delicate product that requires proper storage.
As truffles quickly dehydrate and loose their scent, the best is to use them as soon as possible. If you wait too long, truffles will rot or dry-out.
After picking, you have to thoroughly clean fresh truffles from dirt with a soft brush (like a soft toothbrush) and running cold water.
Storing truffles in the fridge
Since moisture is the biggest enemy of truffles, before and between uses, it is best to gently wrap the dry truffle in an absorbent paper such as a paper towel, close it in an airtight container and store it in the fridge. Keep the jar in the warmest compartment of your fridge (probably top shelf), avoiding the cooler areas. With daily paper towel changes, this storage method guarantees a high quality of the esteemed white truffle to last for approximately one week and the black truffle for about two weeks.
When the truffle becomes soft, you have to consume it right away because that is a sign that it reaches its final ripeness.
We love this! Did you know that you can store black truffles for 2 to 3 days in the fridge in a container with fresh eggs?
The truffle aroma will permeate the egg yolks and turn a “simple” omelette or scrambled eggs into a gourmand delicacy.
Storing truffles in the freezer
You can store black truffles in a freezer for a more extended period (for up to 3 months) in the ice container even though they will lose some of their aromas.
You can freeze truffles in two ways:
- Wrap truffles individually in foil and place them into a plastic freezer bag (squeezing as much air out before sealing).
- Place truffles in a plastic bag filled with olive oil or duck fat, without air contact.
A good idea is also to grate fresh truffles and mix them with butter and then freeze the resulting truffle butter in smaller portions practical for use.
It is not required to defrost frozen truffles before use - the food temperature will defrost finely grated frozen truffles.
We don't recommend storing truffles with rice as the rice will absorb most of the aroma and dehydrate truffles.