Is Truffle Salt really worth its weight?
Someone gave me a small container of black truffle salt knowing I'm a truffle hog. The magical grains went into many dishes for the first week but noticed its addictive aroma had evaporated within ten days. Via research, I found some of these containers do not have real (black or white) truffles as the main ingredient even though they sell for as much as $30 for a 3 oz jar. Has anyone else experience this? Does anyone recommend a particular brand with the real stuff?
I have a jar of "Truffle & Salt" (5% black summer truffle) of the Casina Rossa brand, bought at the Ferry Building mushroom shop in San Francisco about a year ago. It still has strong truffle flavor, though it never had the multidimensionality of fresh truffle. I wouldn't base a dish around it; it's just nice to have on hand to sneak in some dark, mysterious flavor to various simple dishes.
The jar says "best before 2009" on the bottom. I'm guessing genuine truffle salt keeps a long time. I just opened the jar to take a whiff and, man, I would wear that stuff as perfume. So savory and luscious.