Frozen White Alba Truffles
White Alba truffles (Tuber Magnatum Pico), considered the finest white truffles in the world, are renowned for their intense, indescribable flavor and aroma. They are harvested in the wilds of Northern Italy from about October through December. During the season, a small quantity of these superb truffles are set aside to be frozen so you can enjoy them year round!
Though not quite as good as fresh white alba truffles, frozen alba truffles are the next best thing. These truffles are perhaps best used raw as a finishing ingredient for hot food, but they can be used in roasted meat & poultry dishes.
Store frozen alba truffles in the freezer until you’re ready to use them, then remove only as many as you need for your particular recipe. Once the original bag has been opened, move the remaining frozen truffles to a zip top freezer bag with the air pressed out.
2 years frozen, either unopened, or opened and moved to a freezer bag. 2 days thawed & refrigerated (do not refreeze).
RECIPES & TIPS
To use frozen alba truffles, remove just as many as you need from the freezer, and allow them to slowly partially thaw, just until they can be cut or sliced. Use a sharp knife to cut them into pieces or a truffle slicer to shave them. Add them to hot food and the residual heat will thaw them the rest of the way, releasing their full flavor and aroma.
White Alba Truffles pair beautifully with cheese (especially parmigiano reggiano) chicken, veal, lobster, and polenta. They’re particularly delicious with risotto, as in this white truffle risotto recipe.
While traditional recipes exist roasting sliced alba truffles with meats (either slid under poultry skin or inserted into slits cut into roasts), many modern truffle purists insist that these culinary treasures’ flavor and aroma is best enjoyed raw, thinly shaved over hot food as a finishing ingredient.
Truffle Recipe Collection – includes several recipes designed for Italian alba truffles!
Note: Any unused truffles that have more than slightly thawed can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days, but should not be refrozen.