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Nov 1, 2011 05:00 PM

Truffle shaver

Planning to splurge next month on fresh truffle and started looking for a truffle shaver. I don't expect to use it often -- unless I win the lottery -- but don't want to buy save a few bucks just to end up with something that chews up the truffle. Prices range from $11 to $45. Will appreciate recommendations.

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  1. You might consider the Kyocera handheld mandoline. It's inexpensive and works wonderfully on all kinds of things. It shaves as thin as .05 mm so that should do the job on a truffle.

    3 Replies
    1. re: Bob Brooks

      Surfas will have it. Cheese Shop in BH also has it.

      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Bob, have you had occasion (or should I say, the good fortune) to try the mandoline on truffles?

        1. re: mrswagers

          Haven't used it on a truffle but I'd bet the super-fine ceramic blade is so sharp it should work perfectly. The only issue would be if you needed slice smaller than 5mm (but that's already paper thin).

      2. I gotta say, I've had very little success buying fresh truffles. It's about 20% the fragrance and flavor of what you get in Europe or at a restaurant truffle event. Probably because the smell and flavor fades pretty quickly and who know how long that "fresh" truffle has been sitting there. And yes, this includes truffles from the mushroom guy at the Hollywood farmers market as well as the mushroom guy at the Ferry Building in SF and truffles from Bristol farms.

        I would recomend skipping splurging on a "fresh" truffle and putting it towards something like Valentino's truffle dinner or better yet, Oliveto's truffle dinner in SF.

        1. I use - and have given as gifts (to chef friends) - the olivewood handled truffle shaver designed by Ettore Sottsass. Sold by Alessi.

          1. To the folks who answered my original query, thanks for taking the time to help.