Truffle Buying & Storage Guide

January 14, 2017 /

Dish of Truffles

Avoid a truffle kerfuffle! Truffles are precious and expensive so it’s important to purchase the best and store them properly to retain their maximum aroma and flavor. Looking for fresh truffles? Come to the Napa Truffle Festival Marketplace January 16, 2107 at the Oxbow Market in Napa.

These tips come from master truffle chef, Ken Frank of La Toque restaurant.

Rock Hard

A firmer truffle is fresher


The flavor is milder than the scent, buy based on the scent

Fresher in Better

Truffles have a very short life, they will lose their aroma quickly

Don’t Freeze

Freezing destroys their aroma

Wrap It Up

Wrap fresh truffles in paper towels / storing in rice will dry them out


Washing them daily in cold water helps to manage the moisture and freshness – make sure you dry thoroughly and repackage

Seal the Deal

Keeping them in a sealed container helps to preserve the aroma and freshness

Truffles & Eggs

If you store truffles in a container with eggs, their scent will permeate the yolks

Get Real

Truffle oil and salt are fake and one dimensional!