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How to Freeze Truffles
Truffles are delicate and need to be treated carefully when it comes to freezing. Too much moisture is a nightmare for truffles and is the quickest way for them to get spoiled. If you plan to freeze your truffles, we have outlined a couple of options for you to choose from.
How to Freeze Truffles Individually
This is the first and more straightforward approach to freezing truffles. In short, it involves wrapping the truffles to protect them from freezer burn before placing into the freezer:
Wrap your truffles individually in tin foil. Make sure they are wrapped well to protect from the air in the freezer and from any moisture.
- Bag Up
Pop the wrapped truffles into a sealable freezer bag. Squeeze out as much air as you can from the bag. Seal the bag tightly.
Label with the date and the name of the contents. Put the bag into the freezer.
How to Freeze Truffles in Fat
If you want to be extra sure that the air cannot get to your truffles, submerging it in fat is a great option. For this method, you will need some containers with lids. The container only needs to be slightly larger than your truffle.
- Place into Containers
Pop a truffle into each container.
- Cover with Oil
Cover with oil or fat, duck fat works well. This helps to create a barrier from the air and keeps the truffle protected. Put the lid onto the container.
Label with the contents of the container and the date. Put the container into the freezer to freeze.
How to Freeze Truffle Products
Truffles are expensive. But truffle products, such as oil and butter, are a few more economical way of adding that truffle flavour to your cooking without having to splash out excessively on whole truffles. But can you freeze these truffle products?
How to Freeze Truffle Oil
We wouldn’t recommend you freeze truffle oil if you can avoid it.
Although you can by popping it into a suitable container and placing it into the freezer, it is likely to change the oil a little, and it won’t prolong the life of the oil for much longer than it would if the oil was kept in a cool place or refrigerated.
How to Freeze Truffle Butter
Truffle butter can be kept in the fridge, but it will lose a lot of its delicious flavour and aroma over time. To avoid this, you can freeze it.
Wrap the butter in clingfilm into a sausage shape. Pop it into a suitable container. If you can freeze in smaller portions, this tends to work better when it comes to defrosting the perfect amount at a later date. Seal the butter containers tightly.
Label with the date and contents. Put them into the freezer.
3 Tips for Freezing Truffles
Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing truffles to have the best results:
- Seal – Air is the main enemy to your truffle when storing them in the freezer. That is why sealing them in oil or fat before freezer is a great way to provide a barrier between your truffles and the air.
- Grate from the Freezer – If you want to grate fresh truffle over your meals, don’t bother to thaw it beforehand. Grab from the freezer, grate over your dinner and return to the freezer. This will not work, for obvious reasons, with truffle stored in oil.
- Try Not To – Ultimately, truffles are a lavish, expensive ingredient and not one you should be tossing into the freezer. If you can help it, avoid freezing them in the first place.
How Long Can You Freeze Truffles?
You can freeze your fresh truffles for up to three months. If you can use them quicker than this, you will experience less loss in the distinctive aroma and flavour. Make sure you have followed the methods outlined above to keep your truffles protected while in the freezer.
You Can Freeze Truffles for up to 3 Months
How Do You Defrost Truffles?
If you plan to shave or grate your truffles over a meal, then you may not need to thaw them out at all. When it comes to adding the final flourish to your meal, grab out your truffle and grate it over the dish.
Wrap it up again immediately and pop it back into the freezer until you need it again.
To thaw out, you should pull out the truffle from the freezer, pop it into a bowl in the fridge, and defrost slowly for a few hours. This will help maximise the quality of the truffle.
Can You Refreeze Truffles?
No, we wouldn’t recommend you refreeze truffle that has been thawed out completely. You may find that the truffle would be spoiled. However, if you have kept your truffle frozen to grate it over your recipe, then you can pop it straight back into the freezer before it thaws out.
Do Truffles Freeze Well?
No, truffles are one product that doesn’t freeze exceptionally well. Although they can be frozen and still be enjoyed, they will lose some of the quality that makes them delicious.
The most noticeable change is the aroma, and it is this distinctive aroma that really makes your meal magical when added. So, only freeze your truffles if you are sure you can’t use it up before it goes bad being kept in the fridge.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing truffles or truffles in general, then these may help:
Can You Freeze Summer Truffles?
Winter truffles are one thing, but summer truffles are even more expensive. Although you can follow this page’s methods for freezing them, we would strongly recommend thinking again. It’s an expensive product and freezing it will only degrade it.
How Long Will Truffles Last?
In the fridge, truffles can last for 1 to 2 weeks if stored correctly. However, after just 5 days, the strength of their flavour and aroma can half, which is why you must use your truffles when they are as fresh as possible.