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I know here in the states the truffle oil you normally find is genetically engineered and added to olive oil.

I know this might sound naive but we were unaware that the white truffle oil we were enjoying was not "real" until about a year ago.

Am I also being naive in thinking that our trip to Paris this spring will yield truffle oil impregnated with real white truffles?

I know that Olivier & Co sells a truflfle oil in the 7. Is this my best bet? And is it made with real truffles? And if I am not in total fantasy land what other truffle products should I look for outside of truffles themselves made of real truffles of course that I can bring back home?

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  1. In France, if a truffle oil is not made of real truffle bits infused in oil, it will be mentioned "à l'arôme de truffe". I would buy my truffle oil from BE, Ducasse's grocery/bakery (bd de Courcelles and in the Printemps department store). Or in my favourite Italian grocery, Via Della Pasta (rue Lebon, 17th, rue des Belles Feuilles (16th), and also in Neuilly). But many fancy groceries will do -- La Grande Epicerie au Bon Marché (6th), Lafayette Gourmet (9th), Fauchon or Hediard, etc.

    There's not many truffle-based conserves that I would recommend except good truffle oil (and even that does not keep that well, esp white truffle). I like white truffle butter for my pasta.

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    1. re: souphie

      I just would like to add my own provider: Terres de Truffes, rue Vignon in the 8th. They happen to have a website where it seems you can order online: http://www.terresdetruffes.com/
      Also apart from the real/synthetic truffle aroma issue, you also have the choice between white or black truffle (tuber melanosporum).

    2. Oils with additives, such as garlic, truffles, etc. are not safe. When I ran a restaurant in Denver, the Health Department told me this, and would mark down restaurants that served such oils.

      Enjoy oil. Enjoy truffles. Don't mix.

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      1. re: sancarlo

        I think I am going to take my chances if we followed this rule we wouldnt be able to eat the cheese which would negate the whole reason to go.

        1. re: sancarlo

          Commercially produced flavoured oils are formulated with the correct acid and/or water balance to inhibit the growth of bacteria and therefore they are safe. Home made oils (or those made in restaurant kitchens) should be used on the day of preparation or refrigerated and used within a week and then they will be safe.

        2. Try truffle salt. Apparently, the aromas from truffles cannot leach into oil of any kind, so truffle oil is always an artificially flavored product (sorry Souphie).

          Truffle salt, however, is actually salt mixed with a small amount of crushed truffles.

          1. i do it myself with a little productor near my home : http://www.alaintruffes.fr/ and this is better and less expensive than the oil you can buy in paris

            1. There is no such thing as truffle oil impregnated with real white (or black) truffles. It can only be made with synthetic aromas and should not be used to replace truffles, but to boost up the flavor of dishes containing truffles.

              See this thread for more information:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9185...

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              1. re: Ptipois

                Even the best truffle oil pretty much sucks.

                1. re: jock

                  Vintage Jock.

                  1. re: Parigi

                    Right on Jock.