Black truffle salt is an interesting and delicious ingredient to add to a recipe. This ingredient is unique in that it adds a lot of texture to foods and helps to create a pleasant flavor that many people enjoy.
A truffle is simply the fruiting body of underground ascomycete fungi, mostly one of several species of this genus Tuber. It can be found in soil all around the world but is particularly common in caves in France and Italy. Other genera of fungi that are included in the category of truffles include Geopora, Pecorales, Peziza, and several others. Tuber truffles have become more popular in recent years because they are more easily recognized because of their distinctive black color.
When the Ascomycota fungi that grow beneath the earth's surface to reach a certain stage in which they can no longer produce spores, they become black. Black truffles are therefore black when they emerge from the ground, while white or gray ones are still green. The black color of truffles is a result of iron accumulation in the truffle's outer layer.
Truffles are quite fragile and must be handled with care. Since they are found underground, they are somewhat damp and must be soaked in lukewarm water to soften them. Truffles should then be squeezed gently. Truffles may also be broken into pieces and put into a jar of water to soften them, though this method is not recommended. This is because when the truffles are crushed into smaller pieces they lose their shape and can be somewhat difficult to mix with other ingredients.
When used in recipes, black truffle sea salt has been known to help add a subtle and complex flavor to foods. It may also help to bring out a particular flavor or aroma in food, such as that of chocolate, which some people prefer to eat rather than cocoa powder or cocoa butter. The salty taste of black truffles does this by attracting more flavor and moistening the air between particles in food, making them denser and therefore allowing for a deeper flavor to be extracted from the food.
Because truffles can be fragile, they should be used only once or twice at most in a recipe. In some recipes, using too much will actually reduce their volume and reduce their effect, while in others, using too little will make them brittle and fall apart. Use black truffles as a filler for a meal or mix them with other foods if they are not being eaten.
Because truffles can be quite delicate, they should be stored in cool, dark places. They should never be kept in direct sunlight because UV light can cause discoloration and loss of their color and flavor. Store them in the refrigerator or freezer until they are used, and it is best to keep them in airtight containers, especially during the summer months when humidity is high.
In fact, the best time for storing these exotic fungi is when the air temperature is low, usually about twenty degrees below zero to keep them from getting damaged by high temperatures and extreme temperatures. These fungi thrive in low temperatures because they need dark, humid conditions and they are susceptible to heat and humidity.
Because of their unique structure, they are best eaten when they are fresh, not stored for long periods of time. Once they have been purchased, store them in plastic bags in a cool, dry place and allow to air dry naturally. Do not attempt to use them on top of the ice, as this can cause their shrinkage.
There are many recipes that use black truffle salt in the preparation of dishes. The most popular recipe calls for three cups of the dry powder to be mixed with one cup of warm water and stirred in with the pasta in order to make it easier for pasta cooks to drain.
Cooking is another way in which these fungi are used in food preparation. Their flavor and texture make them a popular additive to many recipes, including meat sauces, gravies, and soups. These fungi are also added to fish and seafood dishes in order to give them a rich and complex flavor. If you are cooking in a large pan, they will easily dissolve and help to bring out the flavor.