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Truffle Oil Smells Like Gasoline

tldmatrix Jan 24, 2011 05:01 PM

Does anyone else agree with me that truffle oil smells like gasoline?

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  1. Will Owen RE: tldmatrix Jan 25, 2011 11:42 AM

    The stuff someone gave me smells more like burnt rubber. I might prefer gasoline …

    1. chefathome RE: tldmatrix Jan 25, 2011 01:07 PM

      Not true of authentic truffle oil which smells like truffles and also includes lots of truffle slices, not just one itty bitty black bit...but I agree most stuff I've seen in North America doesn't even come close to the stuff I get in Italy and Croatia.

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        adido RE: tldmatrix Jan 25, 2011 01:34 PM

        For me, truffle oil smells like something died in a wet basement. I get an almost physical reaction of disgust. It is an odd sensation when I smell it. It is like my brain is telling me to get far away from it – fast. This doesn’t happen to me with any other food.

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          jboberg RE: adido Jan 28, 2011 09:22 AM

          I feel the same way. And that is despite the fact that i first discovered and tried truffles in Italy., so got the real thing. I am the furthest from a picky eater, too, so I think it is just some inherent, unchangable dislike.

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            promet RE: adido Jan 28, 2011 12:31 PM

            Tell me more about the lambs Clarice...

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            AdamD RE: tldmatrix Jan 25, 2011 01:47 PM

            It can if it contains "truffle aroma" or "truffle essence."
            Look at the ingredients. Most likely, there are no real truffles but rather a chemically synthesized product engineered to smell like truffles.
            The real stuff is pricey, but very good.

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              monavano RE: AdamD Jan 25, 2011 02:33 PM

              Funny, I was just watching Jamie at Home and he finished a dish with good truffle oil, and said the cheap stuff is just chemicals made to imitate truffles.
              No wonder I didn't like my little bottle! Maybe I'll give it another try...

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                chefathome RE: monavano Jan 25, 2011 02:42 PM

                Do give it another try. There is absolutely no comparison between the authentic good stuff and the chemical-like icky stuff. None.

            2. sal_acid RE: cracken Feb 21, 2013 09:15 PM

              Truffle oil tempts cooks to do stupid things. Just say no to truffle oil french fries.

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                Puffin3 RE: tldmatrix Feb 22, 2013 08:34 AM

                I received a small bottle for Christmas. I don't like the taste or smell and I don't care for the 'after taste' which seems linger on my palette too long. I've barely used more than a few drops and someone is going to get the full bottle for their birthday. I'll top it up with sunflower oil and redo the was seal.

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                  lovesCheese RE: tldmatrix Feb 26, 2013 12:45 PM

                  The majority of truffle oils found in North America are not made with real truffles but rather with synthetic products to simulate the taste/smell.

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