Caring For Your Fresh Truffles
Toska Truffles delivers your fresh truffles pre-cleaned and pruned to allow for same-day use. Our cleaning process helps extend the life shelf of your truffles, and it assures that you are receiving the highest quality truffles in the market. Like other perishable items, fresh truffles require care to minimize their aging process and keep them at their peak. Extra attention should always be spent toward keeping the truffle clean and surface moisture at a minimum without speeding up the natural dehydration of the truffle itself.
Caring for fresh truffles can be broken down to 3 core duties for maximizing the use of your fresh truffles. From the moment you receive your Toska Truffles delivery, it is advised that you understand each of these duties before storing them long-term.
3 Core Duties
3 Core Duties
Be Gentle But Firm
Natural truffles are born in the dirt and often take on the shape of their growing medium. These flexible growth patterns often can create indentations within the truffle where dirt is harder to remove or unwanted moisture can remain. All of the indentations should be regularly inspected for mold growth and scrubbed clean when mold is discovered. A fresh truffle’s skin is not a fragile as it’s aroma, and can tolerate a rapid, medium-strength scrubbing with a toothbrush or similar tool without causing damage.
Shaping Your Truffles
Fresh truffles may require pruning and/or shaping as part of the tuber’s natural life-cycle. Dehydration, too much moisture, or improper storage can create pockets of unusable product that may affect the rest of the product or other truffles that are being stored with it. Small sections should be removed when advanced ripening or excessive surface mold is discovered. This second duty of truffle maintenance is often performed at the same time steps are taken to remove excess moisture from the fresh truffle’s environment.
Keep Moisture Balanced
Toska Truffles follows best-practice storage methods while educating you on how to store your truffles based on your expected product use. Storing your fresh truffles improperly can severely reduce your truffle’s life-cycle. The usability of your fresh truffle depends on a delicate balance of moisture control as you try to minimize mold while maximizing the tuber’s aroma levels. Storing truffles in too humid an environment will lead to bacteria and mold growth while increasing the ripening process. Trying to keep your truffles too dry will dehydrate the tuber, reducing its overall size and aroma.
Storing Truffles Properly
Storing Truffles Properly
Build An Optimal Environment
Truffles grow underground and maintain their outer skin’s integrity through the natural protection provided by their surrounding dirt. Fresh truffles quickly begin to degrade when removed from this somewhat pristine underground environment because of their exposure to oxygen and other elements like humidity. Truffle storage methods are based on their affect on the overall moisture, temperature, and humidity levels of your fresh truffles. Trying to store your truffle products exactly as you would mushrooms, fruit, or other fresh food items may result in a prematurely unusable truffle as a result of its environment.
The care of fresh truffles requires very simple supplies combined with an optimal storage environment to maintain the tubers. Selecting the proper storage container material, absorbable material to remove excess moisture, and maintenance schedule for your fresh truffles will significantly increase the life-cycle of your purchase. Improper storage methods will ultimately result in a prematurely unusable product as natural ripening of your fresh truffles occur.
Truffles and Moisture
Moisture control will always be the largest portion of your truffle maintenance plan and this core task requires consistency on your part. Mold “hot-spots” on your fresh truffles are the result of a natural ripening process of fresh truffles. These pockets are a result of extra moisture and can be counteracted by selecting a proper absorbent materials to wrap your fresh truffles in.
An absorbent medium should be selected based on its ability to wick away the excess moisture without sticking to the tubers skin or exposed inner fruit. Simple paper towels are the most common medium used as they are inexpensive and thus can be changed regularly to maintain an optimal moisture level. Your paper towel wrapping should be replaced every 2nd day to help leech away an extreme moistness the ripening truffle can create. Selecting the wrong medium, or exchanging your absorbent material too often, can result in a prematurely dehydrated tuber as well as experiencing a quicker loss of fresh truffle aroma.
Choosing The Right Container
Choosing the right storage container for your fresh truffles is equally important to maintaining a proper moisture level. Your storage container should be large enough to hold your truffles wrapped in an absorbent material without forcing multiple truffles to crowd each other. The wrong container can mean a severely shortened life-cycle for your fresh truffle products.
Glass jars and plastic containers are the preferred method of storage because of their ability to keep damaging oxygen away from the tubers. This same protection also serves to contain your fresh truffle’s aroma which is what you are really experiencing as “flavor” when eating truffle products. Finally, these containers allow for your absorbent material to be easily interchanged while providing a window into your fresh truffle’s life-cycle stage.
Plastic bags and similar storage mediums should never be used to store fresh truffles. The plastic bag material will rest against your tubers, causing premature ripening when in contact with the bags exterior. Plastic bags also cause internal sweating as the fresh truffle naturally loses some of its internal moisture.
Choosing Your Storage Location
The proper storage of fresh truffles is all about maintaining a cooler temperature while controlling the humidity level they are exposed to. Walk-in coolers located in most commercial kitchens are the ideal place to store your fresh truffles because these refrigeration units maintain a low temperature monitoring and maintaining consistent humidity. Care should be taken when storing truffles with other food, however, because they can be infused with the aroma of a ripening truffle unintentionally.
The home chef still can achieve equal success if their fresh truffles are sealed in a proper storage container and maintained at a lower temperature closer to the bottom of the refrigerator.
Flavoring Food With Truffles
Storing your truffles in direct contact with other edibles can add incredible flavor that will survive light-to-medium cooking methods. Flavor infusions with rice, eggs, butters, or oils are a great way to enjoy the tuber’s aroma and maximize the use of your fresh truffles during their entire life-cycle.
Build A Truffle Plan
Toska Truffles is the market leader in providing high-quality fresh truffles at a price-point that makes experimentation affordable. Whether you are a seasoned truffle expert or have never used this tasty tuber, your personal truffle professional can help with building a truffle plan that fits your needs.