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November 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm #3563
I keep forgetting to thank Alana for shipping the pecan truffles. The shipping was really interesting and I kept it. It held onto some of the scent. A week later I found Monza rooting around on a shelf where I store gift bags/shipping stuff. It was the truffle shipment bag that got her interest.
I’m not great at describing smells/tastes. One description stated “strong creamy and earthy with an intriguing fresh green corn note”
I would describe the pecan truffle as smelling a little like radishes or horseradish, but not as pungent as horseradish. Is that the “fresh green corn note”……sommeliers around the world do not need to fear that I will ever take over their job. LOLNovember 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm #3565
Love it! “A heady bouquet of this and that fruit with undertones of chocolate and xyz”
Really? I keep smelling like the black truffles (as does my best furry friend) and I don’t quite get “pineapple” but I definitely can smell a car full of black truffle odor!
So, here is a question. My tiny kitchen has a enough clove/birch/anise/black truffle odor that even I can smell it. Tippet doesn’t seem to give a hoot. Yet, when I bring down the scents containers for nosework or truffle hunting, he is prancing and ready. Is that context?November 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm #3566
That is actually really good to know Lois- Thank you for letting me know. The packaging is supposed to hold temperature for 36 hrs- but I hadn’t thought about odor absorption.
That’s awesome Monza was rooting around for it- Good girl 🙂
Duff did that years ago to me one year when I was making truffle salts for christmas gifts. He keep whining at me and staring at the large container holding a bunch of craft supplies (the salts where stored in there while I was prepping and cutting making cards etc), and I couldn’t figure it out. I was like, there is no tennis ball anywhere in this room, what on earth are you whining for! Then it donned on me, and I let him access to it, and was like A-Ha! clever puppy. Silly human.
So don’t be surprised if your dog alerts on your trash can 🙂November 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm #3567
Also the odor of Pecan truffles is so hard to describe. I took a poll of everyone in the room after presenting a batch to them yesterday. I got ‘meat’ from one person (which- don’t know where that came from) and asagio cheese, or parmesan rind from another student. They are definitely distinct, and pleasant, but much milder than other truffles, and I simply don’t know how to classify it. Your description of radishes I think is kind of on the money- and fresh green corn. It’s a tough one to describe!November 24, 2014 at 8:16 pm #3568
For the black truffles- Pineapple is more right when you pick them out in the field, sometimes. I personally rarely get it except initially for the first bit. Floral and kind of fruity sure- but the pineapple is crazy! But I do smell it. Chocolate is more common. and then cheesy (which I actually do not like in Black truffles).
I forget exactly, but I also think Kristin think’s I’m crazy with the pineapple odor- but it’s what I get. I really want to find a food study and see if the active VOCs in Oregon Black Truffles (LC- is the short hand we use for Leucangium Carthisianum- as it is a pain to write out all the time 🙂 ) actually do match those found in pineapple. And then I want to do lab tests with the dogs on this 🙂 I am joking here, but *if I put a pineapple in a room- will Lolo alert on it*
As for you counter space:
you are 2 feet above tippet- (but it doesn’t matter- he knows it’s around)
So yes, it is totally context. My dogs often look at me or hang around when I’m cleaning truffles, in case I decide on a impromptu oops I dropped the truffle game- but they know it isn’t hunting.
This is actually why we want you to truffle hunt in a variety of environments. We don’t want a dog to just build context into oh, we only truffle hunt in the soccer field…
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