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What are the differences between frozen & fresh Perigord truffles in terms of quality, use, shelf life, etc?

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Which Is Better?
While frozen truffles are probably the best substitute when the variety you want is out of season, you’re definitely better off getting fresh truffles when they’re available.

How to Use Them:
For tips on using fresh truffles, see How to Use Fresh Truffles.

Frozen truffles are best partially thawed (in a bag in your fridge) just until they’re soft enough to slice, then thinly sliced/shaved while still partially frozen.  The warmth of the hot food you’re finishing with them will quickly thaw them the rest of the way.

Shelf Life:
Fresh truffles will last approximately 4-7 days.
Frozen truffles will last approximately 2 days once thawed.

– Question Submitted by Rob M.

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4 Responses to “What are the differences between frozen & fresh Perigord truffles in terms of quality, use, shelf life, etc?”

  1. 1
    brett ladin says:

    Hello,
    How long will a frozen truffle last?
    the idea would be to cut it into smaller pieces, keep them in the freezer, and use the pieces over 3-6 months.
    Thank you,
    Brett

  2. 2
    Matthew says:

    Hi Brett,

    Frozen truffles can last up to two years, depending on how they’re packaged in the freezer (the less air contact the better. We recommend freezing solid, then vacuum packing for best shelf life).

    Matthew
    Marx Foods

  3. 3
    Brett ladin says:

    Thanks for your quick response Matthew.
    My last question-, would slicing the truffles into smaller pieces affect how long they will keep in the Freezer?
    Thanks,
    Brett

  4. 4
    Matthew says:

    Hi Brett,

    It might, generally the more exposed surface area the less time something lasts…but my guess is they’ll be fine for the period you’re talking about, and using smaller pieces would be much better than thawing and refreezing.

    Matthew
    Marx Foods