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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Truffle Salt... there is a God

So i finally broke down and ordered myself some truffle salt... what the hell- happy new year to me!  After indulging in truffle oil, i figured this was the next logical step in my truffle madness.  After some research, i learned that a lot of salts are as low as 2% truffle and ideally you want to purchase something close to 10% if you can afford it.  Of course, i got right on Amazon to explore my options and ended up purchasing a jar of Savini Tartufi black truffle salt- with 6% truffle.  This stuff is imported from Pisa and those of you who know me, know that when I'm interested in something- i exhaust all avenues when it comes to learning about it.  Yes, I'm a bit obsessive, i get that from my dad.   :]   So upon googling the Savini company, i discovered that there were 3 generations of truffle hunters in this family and came upon the most shocking photo.

This is the largest white truffle found in decades, by Luciano Savini and his dog Rocco.  It weighed 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) and was bought for a record price of $330,000 in 2007 by Macau casino owner Stanley Ho.

They say you either love truffle salt or you don't- no in between.  I definitely agree with that, it's a musty, earthy scent and taste- but to me- the word that best describes it is succulent.  It livens up anything- especially those bland dishes like rice, eggs, unsalted popcorn etc.  After the gym last night, i was hesitant to eat anything heavy so i made some brussel sprouts and garnished them with a bit of truffle salt.  Insanely delicious!  Now that i have this new found addiction, I find myself daydreaming.... "i wonder how much a truffle hunting dog costs?"  and "is this guy in need of another truffle hunter and do they offer room and board?!"  I ordered my Savini Tartufi salt for a total cost of $25 - shipping and all.  You may say "$25 for salt?!"  Well, don't knock it until you have tried it!  I don't gamble or smoke cigarettes so if i want to indulge with a gourmet purchase once in awhile- I figure i work hard and deserve it.

This is the box it came in- triple wrapped in paper, bubble wrap etc.  The minute i opened the box, all i could smell was truffle.

Try it and let me know what you think.  At my house, it has been worked into the monthly budget! 

1 comment:

  1. Whoaaaaah!!!!! This is some serious salt! Yet another way we are alike..I research something like crazy and get all obsessed and shit when I'm interested in something.

    I find my truffle salt is so strong I use just a tiny bit and the jar lasts me forever.

    Brussel sprouts! I'll have to try that!

    Oh, I also like it with butter on a bagel, even an everything bagel. Mmmmmm!

    And isn't there some nastiness involved with them? Like they grow in cow shit or something? Mmmm tasty cow shit. :-)