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truffle oil/salt [dtw]

gan911 Jan 30, 2012 03:15 AM

i'm trying to make some mushroom riosotto...trying to put some truffle flavor into it...
1. what truffle product should i choose?
2. where to get it in the dtw area?

if no consensus is reached, then i might jsut go truffle-less :P

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    gan911 Jan 31, 2012 10:35 AM

    I gave up and bought a jar on amazon...12 bucks for truffle salt.

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      gooddog Jan 31, 2012 09:27 AM

      There are a couple places around now that specialize in just oils & vinegars; I think these all carry some kind of truffle oil, and they're good about letting you taste:

      Old World Olive Press, locations in Plymouth & Birmingham www.oldworldolivepress.com
      Giuseppe's Oils & Vinegars, at Partridge Creek mall www.giuseppesoils.com

      Personally, I find it hard to believe that someone can pay the rent selling nothing but oil & vinegar, but I wish them all the best.

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      1. re: gooddog
        jjspw Jan 31, 2012 05:40 PM

        Earlier today I stopped at one of these types of oil & vinegar stores on my trip. They actually had salts as well, about 18-20 different varieties, including black truffle salt and white truffle salt. So maybe the oil & vinegar stores in the Detroit area have salts too.

      2. jjspw Jan 30, 2012 07:42 PM

        I'd actually suggest truffle salt over truffle oil. In my experience, the salt seems to be more effective than the oil at delivering a deep, thorough truffle flavor. Especially for something like risotto, truffle oil could easily bog down the little grains of Arborio rice and make the dish feel very heavy/greasy.

        Unfortunately, it seems truffle oil is much easier to locate than truffle salt. [Admittedly, I haven't really tried finding truffle salt in the Detroit area, since I've been fortunate enough to be gifted small jars of it from friends/family who've gone to Italy recently -- and I don't use *that* much of it, so the tiny jars last me a long time.] I'd try some of the local Italian markets such as Ventimiglia or Alcamo's; Zingerman's could also have it.

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        1. re: jjspw
          gan911 Jan 30, 2012 08:45 PM

          do you think a local italian place would have better turnover/selection than a larger higher end store such as holiday market, papa joes, etc? it eventually gets to the importance of freshness/potency/flavor...and i feel like truffles would be something with a limited shelf-life. I've never bought truffle salt myself and only been given truffle oil as a gift. The oil wasn't all that flavorful to start and didn't last long...

          1. re: gan911
            rcloud Jan 30, 2012 09:00 PM

            Well the majority of truffle oil that you'd find at most stores is actually just a synthetic product and contains no truffle at all and thus should be pretty shelf stable. I was recently given a pretty good white truffle infused oil that I believe came from the Primi Piatti Market in Bham, although I've used it up so I can't tell you the brand, but it might be worth a shot to look there.

            Also, I agree with jjspw, if you can find truffle salt, I'd buy it as it is a great thing to have on hand.

            1. re: gan911
              jjspw Jan 30, 2012 09:10 PM

              Not sure about the turnover rates at a Ventimiglia compared to a Holiday or Papa Joe's. I do, however, know that the olive oils at Ventimiglia are quite fresh (they're usually marked with "bottled on" dates), especially for imported oils -- so that leads me to presume that their turnover is quite high. Main thing is to just check the "packed on" date -- truffles preserved well can have a shelf life up to a couple of years.

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            grouper Jan 30, 2012 05:20 PM

            Found truffle oil at the Nino's in Rochester.
            Black 3.38 oz $12.99
            White 3.38 oz $12.49

            Not sure where you live in the metro area so this could be a drive...or not.

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              BobRe Jan 30, 2012 10:27 AM

              You can order black or white truffle oil from Dean and DeLuca out of New York. If you only want a small bottle, they have a 2.1 ounce bottle of white truffle oil for $16.50.


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                grouper Jan 30, 2012 05:33 AM

                I'm not sure about the salt, but I bought truffle oil at Zingerman's a few years ago. It's expensive but they have small bottles. You might want to try Papa Joe's, in Birmingham, they have a large oil selection too.

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