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Black vs. White - Truffle Oil

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I want to buy my father truffle oil for Christmas because he has been dying to use it in a recipe. Which kind is better/more universal?

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  1. Trader Joe's sells both at $8 each. I've found that more recipe call for white truffle oil as it pairs so nicely with fish, mushrooms, and pasta/risotto. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of truffle oil; I guess my tastebuds aren't fancy enough or something but it makes me feel nauseated sometimes and has a weird sting on my tongue.

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    1. re: digkv

      I haven't seen it in 4 of the TJ's in my local area (San Francisco)...have you seen truffle oil recently in yours?
      I asked about this today..the fellow who worked there said he hasn't seen them for quite a while..that perhaps it is a discontinued product?!
      Perhaps it's seasonal?

      1. re: ChowFun_derek

        You know, I haven't looked recently but I certainly will next time. It was only a couple of months ago that I bought my truffle oil and truthfully, I wasn't too eager to go and get another bottle.

    2. I'm not certain, but I think I read that lot of white truffle oil on the market is actually synthetic. Something to check out before you buy.

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      1. re: woden

        The white truffle oil I got at Lucca's (22nd & Valencia in the City) is made with olive oil and "truffle aroma" whatever that is.
        Truffle oil has a very short shelf life and that may account for the weird sting on digkv's tounge.
        I like truffle oil. I put some in the mashed potatoes I made last Thursday and a few drops in the scrambled eggs I had for breakfast on Sunday

        1. re: JockY

          "Truffle aroma". That's what I've heard, and read, and I am very suspicious of that, to say the least. "Truffle Aroma"? You've got to be kidding me.

      2. I think white truffle oil has a beeter flavor, and actually tastes of truffle. The black is interesting, but really dosen't taste of real truffle. Of course they are all generally synthetic flavorings in olive oil. That is not necessarily a bad thing, as the flavor of real truffles is so delicate it would doubtfully work well in an oil, you would probably be dissapinted in a real truffle oil if you could find one.

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        1. re: Hoosierland

          thank you!! i'll look into the white, but read labels to be sure

        2. You might find these two old threads helpful
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/289971
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/337531

          Basically, there's truffle oil and then there's Truffle Oil
          I like the TJs stuff, but it is a pale artificially flavored ghost compared to the real thing

          1. Another vote for white truffle oil vs. black. I've tried both from TJs and the white works well as an add-on, not the main focus...and if pretend it's just the flavor. The black oil has the aroma of gym socks.

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            1. re: ML8000

              Most if not all truffle oil you can get in the Bay Area has artificial truffle flavor (both white and black)....never found the "true" stuff...although local Costco has fresh white truffles at $209/ouce...ouch!

                1. re: RicRios

                  That's internet pricing hence bit more...they also had black truffles at $29/oz.....