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Where can I find REAL truffle oil

I've heard that all the truffle oil that is sold is really still just infused chemically, even if it states differently. Could that be true? Where do I get the real stuff??

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  1. I don't know what this has to do with manhattan, but it's my understanding that there are no extractable oils from truffles that allow you to replicate their flavors in an oil, so what is sold as truffle oil is a chemical approximation.

    If you're asking where to get the real truffles, there are plenty of specialty shops that sell them in new york such as the Italian Market in Chelsea Market.

    1. The real stuff is real truffles! :)

      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/din...

      "The flavor of real truffles, especially black, is evanescent, difficult to capture in an oil under the best of circumstances."

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      1. re: kathryn

        Thank you for the link. I live in New York, that is what it has to do with Manhattan.

      2. I'm a much larger fan of truffle salt over truffle oil. The flavors tend to come out more. But I find the quality of salts to be quite varied.

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        1. re: Miss Needle

          Thank you, I have never tried truffle salt. Do you have a specific brand or store that you purchase one that you enjoy, from?

          1. re: secondsplz

            The Filling Station at Chelsea Market carries truffle salt.

            As with the oils though, I'm fairly certain it's still flavored by the chemical, and not by actual truffles.

            1. re: secondsplz

              The best one I've had was from Far West Fungi (though I haven't tried the Chelsea Market one). It's in San Francisco but they do mail order. I will say that I've had a bit of a mixed experience with them. The first jar I've purchased was more expensive and the ingredient were pretty much salt and truffles. The second jar was cheaper and said there was truffle flavoring in addition to truffles and salt. The first jar was so much better. I'm not sure which one they're selling these days.

              http://store.farwestfungi.com/fwf100....

              1. re: Miss Needle

                The product you linked to is salt w/ SUMMER truffles. At least it is an unadulterated product, but it doesn't taste of actual black truffles, but of another underground fungi that is said to be a milder, though pleasant, flavor that doesn't activate the pleasure centers in quite the way actual black & white truffles do. In other words, summer truffles are not out-of-season black truffles, but something tasting more akin to mushrooms. Regarding the taste, I am speaking only from hearsay as I am on this board to find an affordable way to sample the amazing taste of truffles, myself. However I have verified that "summer truffles" are not what is traditionally called truffles at all.

                I plan to contact the store to object to their description that erroneously refers to "black truffles". Though I doubt this was intentional, it is legally fraud.

                1. re: Stein the Fine

                  Interesting. I did not know that summer truffles are not actually truffles, but i did know that they are virtually tasteless. Now I know why.

                  1. re: Stein the Fine

                    As I'm looking at the label, it seems that this is the one with truffle flavoring added. The first jar I ordered was not summer truffle and it was really really good. The one they're selling now is probably like my second jar -- so I'd probably say not worth it right now.

              2. re: Miss Needle

                I find that the best ones have lots of truffle bits in them.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  Or better yet, a whole truffle! :-D Yum.

              3. Urbani Truffles (10 West End Ave) sells a variety of truffled products, including oils & salt.

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                Urbani Truffles
                10 West End Ave, New York, NY 10023

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                1. re: boredough

                  I'm sure their fresh truffles are amazing, but their salt has only 2% actual truffles and added "aromas". It is basically a synthetic product as that tiny amount of truffle is most likely not discernable on food. Some salts are as much as 10% truffles, but only the most expensive ones are traditional truffles, rather than "summer truffles"--a different fungi altogether.

                  1. I've yet to taste a truffle oil that even tasted good, let alone like truffles.

                    That said, what the poster above said about truffle salt was right on - there are some decent ones for adding a touch of truffle flavor. No, it's not like shaving an actual truffle over something, but good ones (there's one I get from D&D that I can't remember the name of that's decent) come in handy, especially out of truffle season. Nice for rubbing on a steak, certainly.

                    I also find the D'Artagnan black truffle butter quite good. The white truffle one is okay, serviceable, but the black for whatever reason is pretty excellent for what it is. Again, it's not "the real deal" - but it's great tossed in some pasta with a bit of reggiano, or mounting a sauce with. There are actual real truffle bits in it, so that helps.

                    Oils, though, fall flat - even the ones with a truffle right there in the bottle.

                    1. Eataly has a couple nice ones to buy

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                      Eataly
                      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

                      1. I picked up a bottle of De Medici Gastronomia Truffle Oil from Whole Foods. Label indicates ingredients are olive oil and white truffles. Made by steeping white truffles in olive oil for 24 day. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after the first whiff of the scent, i was sold. aroma and taste was most definitely like the real thing. I had read that all truffle oils are chemically made, is that not true??

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                        1. re: gobyfish

                          There are a couple brands on the market that use actual truffles, although there are a few different kinds of "white truffle" out there - if it doesn't specify which kind (i.e. for white truffles it should say "Truffle d'Alba" or "Tuber Magnatum" - which is not to be confused with the less-expensive "Tuber Magnatum Pico") then you can be sure it's one of the cheaper, less aromatic varieties.

                          That said, most of the aroma/flavor molecules of truffles aren't soluble in oil, so even if they have some kind of truffle in them, doesn't matter how long they steep it or what kind they use - they're not picking up the full spectrum of flavors. (That's why butters, which have some water content, fare -slightly- better)

                          On top of that, the flavor might be decent enough upon opening the bottle, but because the aromatics are so unstable it'll lose flavor rather quickly, no matter how tight you screw the cap back on. Those made with olive oil are particularly bad in that regard - not that I'd buy any of them, personally, but a sunflower or grapeseed base is far superior as they degrade slower.

                        2. These are made from Oregon black or white truffles (yes, they do grow wild in Oregon), but still might do the trick. I have spoken with the owner directly and they are made from the truffles themselves, NOT with artificial/natural "flavors".

                          http://www.oregontruffleoil.com

                          1. What is "real" about Truffle oil? Truffles don't have oil. If you want real oil, try olive oil or corn oil or safflower oil.