Well, there you have it, folks. A close-up and personal look at the two most popular types of truffles used for cooking. They are black truffles and black truffle sea salt. If you're thinking you'd like to try making your own black truffles, this is the type of information you need to know.
The first thing you'll want to understand about truffle salt is how it differs from black truffles. Black truffles come from a fungus that is native to the Alps. These fungi reproduce in conditions that are very cold and they naturally grow where there is little to no sunlight.
Black truffles have a dark color, which makes them appear black when dried and after they've been ground up. Most people who make black truffles use them as a garnish for food, as a seasoned dressing, or sprinkle them on top of bread, spreads, and salads. This is where the confusion occurs.
Truffle salt is created by boiling and then salt-curing the truffles, leaving behind a hardened "dust" that has a faint flavor. It's similar to bacon and steak rubs. In the past, truffle salt was only available in Italy, but how many different countries offer this product.
Some other ingredients have been used to create truffle salt, including garlic, oregano, garlic powder, thyme, nutmeg, and various wine and liquor extracts. It can even be prepared to use the cheapest salt you can find! The dried powder has the same properties as any other salt and because of this, it can be used with many other flavors.
As you can see, it's not that difficult to find different recipes using this salt and many people are opting to use it to create their own recipes. It's even being offered at some stores at very reasonable prices. I say that because it's so easy to create your own recipes using truffle salt, it costs next to nothing.
There are certain products, you should look for before you choose what to use. There is truffle salt in two types: black and white. White truffle salt has a lower level of iodine than black truffle salt does, which means it's a bit more expensive than black truffle salt.
If you're baking something and using truffle salt as a topping, make sure you buy the white variety, which has less iodine than black truffle salt. You also want to make sure you don't add too much salt, because it may over-salinate your cakes or bread.
Depending on what you're baking, you can even mix the two and enjoy both of the flavors. You can top white truffle salt with strawberries, chocolate chips, almonds, candied nuts, and even fruit juices to create desserts and baked goods.
If you're looking for a little more pizazz, go with black truffle salt and you'll get a different result from your cake or fruit topping. For instance, if you use black truffle sea salt with strawberries you'll get a great "candy" like flavor for your cake, and if you add in dark chocolate chips, you'll get a rich and dark chocolate taste for your sundae.
I always go for the darker black truffles in my recipes, but if you have lighter skin, you may have to use lighter colors. There's no shame in using light-colored truffles for any recipe because in this day and age we're in a food-obsessed society. You could make coffee and ice cream or lemon cake and fresh fruit pies.
No matter what you like to eat, you will find recipes that can be used to prepare your favorite foods. Truffles are relatively inexpensive and they taste delicious. Try them today and you'll be surprised how good they taste.