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Aug 4, 2010 10:48 AM

By Far the Most Expensive Thing at Safeway

Read the caption “Product of USA”.
(The journalist didn’t even pay attention).
What the heck are they selling?
Summer truffles? Then price is nonsense.
Winter truffles? Then it’s not USA.

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  1. Maybe the label was made in the USA.

    1. Are truffles stored in rice? Because that's what that picture is. (And it's packaged portobello mushrooms just below the rice bin.) Oddly, the PLU code is 9999...I wonder if some wise-ass Safeway employee created this label?

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Rice is definitely NOT the medium.
        Truffles lose a lot of weight by evaporation, in the order of 1% per day.
        If you lose weight, you lose money.
        That's why truffles are best kept wrapped in some medium ( usu. paper or cloth ) that will retain a moist environment around each piece.
        Rice absorbs way too much moisture.
        Why is it done? Historically ( and still in present times...) some dishonest merchants would sell the rice afterwards as "truffle flavored rice", but that is plain BS: truffle flavors are highly volatile and will disappear at the high temperatures rice is cooked.

        1. re: RicRios

          Then the label means nothing and is probably a joke. As I said - a bin of bulk rice is above the label, and wrapped portobello mushrooms are below.

      2. There are domestic truffles (look up Tennessee Truffles) and those might be some kind of non-absorbant packing peanuts.

        How much does a truflle weight? Maybe 3 oz? So $999/lb isn't really so bad. Maybe I'll go pick one up. And some Foie gras, too.