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Oct 13, 2011 07:34 AM

Fresh truffles covered in mold - ok to use?

I was given a gift of some fresh black truffles. They were unfortunately stored in a sealed plastic bag for several days along with a dry-cured sausage, and now they are completely covered in a powdery white mold (seemingly not unlike that which grows on the outside of salumi). I'm a bit heartbroken, as they tasted delicious prior to storage.

Can I assume that the mold is likely the same as that on the sausage, and harmless? Should I trim off the entire exterior (which would drastically reduce the amount of usable truffle I get)? Or is it somehow dangerous enough that even that isn't enough and I have to toss them?

I haven't been able to find any info searching, so any informed advice is much appreciated.

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