As delicious as fresh truffles are, there’s no denying that their expense and reputation can be pretty daunting for home chefs trying them for the first time.
Here are some great possible ways to take baby steps into truffledom:
Truffle Finishing Touches: Truffle Butter, Truffle Oil, Truffle Salt, Truffle Sauce, and Truffle Honey can all be used to add truffle flavor to your dishes at the last minute. A little goes a long way, so they last much longer than fresh truffles, and are easier to store.
Preserved Truffles: Preserved (canned or jarred) truffles, wild foraged in Europe, are real truffles that have been canned or jarred for use outside fresh truffle seasons. Truffle peelings and breakings are even more affordable, and already in bite-sized pieces.
Start with fresh Oregon Truffles instead: Oregon truffles are high quality & wild foraged in the Pacific Northwest. Though European truffle varieties are even stronger flavored, Oregon truffles are significantly more affordable and still have great flavor. Check our wild food chart to see when they’re likely to be in season.