Truffle Oil: How It's Made

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Truffle oil has to be one of the most modern culinary ingredients which is often used to give the aroma and flavor of truffles to a wide variety of dishes. However the majority of truffle oils are in fact not created with any truffles (some renowned sources say up to 99.9% are synthetic) but rather a thioether, 2,4-dithiapentane which is an organic aroma found in actual truffles with olive oil. Since olive oil is the base of all truffle oils, they have the same variety as olive oils with the quality of the olive heavily affecting that of the truffle oil.

The reason that most truffle oils are made synthetically is that, real truffles are incredibly difficult to come by and require a searching team of pigs and dogs to sniff them out and then dig them from a food under the ground, and then to capture that essence in oil is a daunting task in and of itself.

Truffle oil is commonly used as finishing oil doused over salads, rice dishes, pasta dishes, and even used in making French fries! It’s been immensely popular with diners for the last 30 years since when it started growing in popularity. It’s only been recently that most diners have come to accept that most truffle oils are synthetically made and while angering a large portion of the population.

It really should have been no surprise since truffle oil has always been available at a pretty steady price throughout all the seasons, which would be very difficult to do throughout the winter when the ground is half frozen and covered with snow.

In fact recently on the televised show ‘MasterChef’ Chef Ramsey issued a stark warning to anyone even attempting to cook with truffle oil, “if you ever see truffle oil on the menu, run, it means the chef doesn’t know what he’s doing”. Which is a large generalization. It only means you should be cautious as there are still many extremely talented chefs that continue using truffle oil, even if it is synthetic for its unique flavor that it can give a dish as a finishing oil. 

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