The truffle is a delicious and somewhat unusual food, but have you ever stopped to consider just what makes this food so unique? While many people seem to think that truffles are simply made from chocolate truffle, this is not the case at all. This snack is made from a small amount of Cacao Beans, ground up to resemble fine rock salt. Traditionally, Cacao Beans are dried and then ground up into a fine powder, but these days you can buy Cacao Powder in pretty containers and even sprinkle it on just about anything!
One of the great things about truffle salts, or black truffle salt as it is also known, is the large assortment of flavors that it provides. Whereas most salts only add a very small amount of flavor, these versatile little balls of salt can be added in minute amounts to a variety of foods to give it a unique flavor that no other seasoning can provide. Because of this fact, truffle salts have become especially popular as a seasonal treat, and we will take a look at a few of the different flavors that people have enjoyed them with over the years.
If you happen to enjoy a rich chocolate flavored flavor, then truffle salts with chocolate shavings are a delicious option. While they may lack the zero carb, high calorie and sugar free attributes of many of the other options, they still have that wonderful chocolate flavor, and the ability to satisfy even the pickiest taste buds. When used sparingly, this option can also be used to add a hint of autumn to desserts and cakes.
Those who enjoy a salty taste in their food can enjoy a variation on the classic chocolate flavor by using unrefined sea salt instead of the black truffle salt. While both are excellent choices, the former has a somewhat more refined taste and a slightly more pleasing texture. The salt works best when it is mixed with table salt or a homemade brine solution. Since it lacks the sugar content of black truffles, it does not have the same “rich” feel. This, however, does not take away from its other advantages.
As an alternative to using regular table salt, another delicious option for adding a salty flavor to your diet is to use sea salt. While sea salt is often associated with seafood and fish, it is an excellent option for cooking or baking. Like black truffle salt, it has a rich flavor but is significantly lower in sodium than regular table salt. This makes it a perfect addition to low fat vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as those with high blood pressure or heart disease.
One of the best ways to enjoy these tasty snacks is to make your own brine. Brine is a combination of water and salt that is used to treat food. The liquid is sometimes included in foods like cream of tomato soup and soups to help the flavor. The salt is usually not included in these recipes. By combining the two, you can create brine salts that can be used for seasoning many foods without adding any extra sodium.
For example, to add a truffle salt flavor to your pasta sauce, mix about half a cup of olive oil with three cups of dry pasta. Add a third cup of water and let the mixture sit and cook on top of the pasta for about twenty minutes. After that, sprinkle in about one tablespoon of the truffle salt mixture and continue to cook on top of the pasta. After that, remove the mixture and sprinkle in some fresh basil leaves to serve. When using this technique, it is important to be careful to only mix in enough oil so that the sauce does not stick to the pasta. If it sticks, it will become overcooked and the flavor won’t remain.
Another way to enjoy truffle salt is to make them yourself. You can make a delicious mushroom pasta sauce using truffle salt, garlic, fresh parsley, and fresh oregano leaves. You can then sprinkle the sauce on top of some lightly cooked spaghetti or lasagna for a zesty yet tasty treat. Best of all, because the spices are blended well together, they have a wonderful flavor that is not at all overpowering.