Black truffles are sometimes described as a specific variety of the chocolate truffle, and although they are similar in shape, they are found to differ in taste. And so it is with the black truffle salt. The black truffle salt you see advertised is actually a blend of many different types of chocolate and is not really a salt at all.
Although they may sound like truffles, black truffles are different in shape, rather than in size. In fact, unlike their round counterparts, the shape of black truffles has been altered through a process known as Cuvee de novo. What makes this transformation possible is the addition of expensive chocolate to the process, giving them the distinctive flavor that we now know as black truffles.
To be sure, black truffle salt does give you a salt-like taste. But it is not the same as regular table salt, which has a tendency to taste too salty. So although black truffle salt may have a stronger taste, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
If you're wondering why the name black truffle salt sounds funny, it's because it reminds us of the black coloring that gives that flavor. And that's because the exact black coloration comes from a mixture of potassium and sulfur. However, it's important to note that this color is hardly noticeable in the finished product.
Now that you know what black truffle salt is, it's time to learn how to use it. You'll first need to grind the black truffles up into fine pieces. For best results, you should grind them with a food processor, or with a good quality blender.
Next, you should sprinkle the mixture into a glass or plastic container, which can be kept in your kitchen drawer or pantry. Next, place a baking sheet on top of the container and set the container in the refrigerator. Your new kitchen truffle salt will stay cold for up to three days before you need to take it out of the refrigerator. However, once you start to notice that the taste starts to get too strong, you should move it to a warm area and warm it back up before taking it out.
The black truffle salt will last in this state for up to five days. There are reports that it may last up to eight days. If you want it to last longer, you can leave it out on your counter for several days and store it in a cool place until it has time to go back into the refrigerator.
You might want to consider using truffle salt for some other things as well. If you have kids, you can add a small amount of the salt to lemon juice and have a nice little treat to serve. If you'd like to have something more complex for dinner, a scoop of the salt mixed with some brown sugar or ground pistachios would be very tasty.
Finally, you can use black truffle salt as a salad dressing for your favorite salad. Mix a teaspoonful or two into a lemon vinaigrette and serve alongside a salad of lettuce, carrot, and celery.
Remember, though, that this is not a traditional salt, so there are some drawbacks to this type of salt. In addition to adding a little bit of extra taste, black truffle salt loses its natural flavor after a few days of storage. You may need to add some more to keep the flavor as it gets closer to room temperature.
Another con: it does lose its natural flavor if exposed to oxygen. This means that you cannot leave it out on the counter for a week, but you cannot use it right away either. If you're in the market for a more traditional salt, you might consider using rock salt instead of truffle salt for the same flavor.
Clearly, there are many uses for black truffle salt. Use it to jazz up simple recipes or as a delicious and unique ingredient in more elaborate dishes.