Cooking With Truffles

Cooking With Truffles

Truffles are hypogenous (underground) mushrooms that resemble stones and vary in size from a marble to a large ball. Few truffles are poisonous. However only a small number of truffles are considered to be delicacies by people throughout the world. Most truffles do not break the surface of the oil and instead must rely on animals to eat them and distribute their spores in order to grow more of their kind. To attract animals, truffles developed scents that grow stronger as they mature. Truffles grow 3 to 12 inches usually outside the roots of trees such as the oak, chestnut, and hazelnut and do not grow beyond the range of the branches. Truffle hunters or truffle farmers use trained pigs or dogs to locate the truffles that may be underground and ready to be taken carefully out. Truffles are not easy to cultivate and although farmers and scientists have managed through the last thirty years to improve the ability to grow truffles there is still not a full guarantee of growth. Truffles can take six or more years to mature before it can be seen if truffles are growing or not. When truffles are ready to harvest the process is very methodical, slow, and labor intensive. These facts about truffles make them one of the most expensive delicacies in the world.

After truffles are methodically harvested, truffles should be placed in paper bags with appropriate markings on the bag to differentiate the varieties that were harvested. This is especially important for truffle hunters to do because an expert will be needed to ensure they are edible.

Truffles can last for several days in a paper bag placed in a refrigerator. One should not place truffles in a plastic container because the lack of air from a sealed container is bad for them. A second way to keep truffles is to place them in a jar then in the freezer where they can last for several months. A third way truffles can be preserved is to put them in oil. However, if there is no pasteurization the shelf life of truffles at room temperature will be limited. A fourth way to store truffles is to put them in rice, but all the flavor of the truffles will be absorbed by the rice. The ideal way to use truffles is to consume them as soon as possible as fresh as possible.

When truffles are used in cooking they are generally eaten raw or are very lightly cooked because the flavor compounds of the truffle are highly unpredictable. Here are a few guidelines for using truffles in dishes.

First: The truffle should not to be used with other foods with strong flavors and overwhelming aromas. The flavors can clash so it is better to use truffles to flavor bland foods like pasta, rice, and potatoes.

Second: Fat is good for the truffle. Fat helps bring out the full flavor of the truffle, which is why they are paired with butter, cheese, and oils.

Third: One should maximize the flavor of the truffle by shaving, slivering, or slicing it. Anything more and the diner will not get the most taste from the truffle.

Fourth: Save the peel from a truffle. Do not throw away because the peel can add flavor to other recipes including sauces.

Fifth: If one has preserved truffles, they will not have the same flavor so if the is wish to enhance before preservation use Truffle oil or Concentrato or a Truffle Paste.

Sixth: Fresh truffles should be used within 3 days of purchase. Preserved truffles have a long shelf life if left unopened in the jar but once opened consume within a week.

Seventh: When using any truffle in a recipe one should be aware of the flavor it has before putting it with any food. Either trying the truffle first yourself or read about it beforehand to make the best use a truffle in a recipe.

The truffle is a world prize to those who farm it for profit, to the truffle hunters, to the people in the world market who sell it, and finally to those who cook with it. The truffle, although not fully tamed, has dazzled appetites and continues to grow in stature. It may take a lot to get a truffle to grow and come to harvest but the taste, aroma, and pleasure the truffle can bring to the taste buds is well worth it.

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Enema Treatment For Dogs

Enema Treatment For Dogs

Although there are a number of reasons why your dog may need an enema, you should never do this without initially seeking advice from your vet.  An enema may be the best method to administer necessary drugs or may be required if the dog is dehydrated through sickness and/or diarrhea.  Usually, there are different products available according to the size of the dog. However it is important to keep in mind the fact that the volume of the liquid at one go does not work to hydrate in one go, but continuous intake of liquids is necessary. If your dog is constipated, and laxatives have failed, an enema may be the best solution to the problem.  If you are certain that an enema is required proceed in the following manner:-

For smaller dogs you will need 25 – 30cc plastic syringe but for larger breeds an enema bag with a rubber nozzle will be necessary.  The volume of liquid to be administered is not as important as getting some liquid into the dogs system, particularly if the dog is dehydrated.

The water that is to be used should not be hot but should be heated to body temperature (101 – 102ºF).  For smaller dogs add a few grains of sea salt, a few lemon drops and a pinch of potassium chloride to 2-3 tablespoons of the water or for larger dogs – a pint of water.  If the enema is being administered only for constipation you will not need potassium chloride or salt.  If dehydration exists in your dog you will need to administer the enema every four hours, but make up each dose individually just before you are going to administer it.

Make absolutely certain that the mixture is not too hot, place it into the syringe or enema bag and use vegetable oil to lubricate the end of the syringe or nozzle. It is best to perform this exercise in a sink, bathtub or outside as the dog will want to relieve himself very quickly afterwards.  Do not try to perform this task alone, you will need someone to assist in holding the dog and keeping his head facing in the opposite direction.  Lift the dogs tail, insert the nozzle or syringe into the rectum and release all of the mixture via gently squeezing the enema bag or pressing the plunger of the syringe. Take the nozzle out and release the dog.  The enema works because the colon absorbs the liquid and this is particularly useful when dealing with a dog which is very dehydrated.  If the dog appears to have been adversely affected by the enema, call your vet as quickly as possible.

The above treatment should bring your dogs health back to normal and he will certainly feel much better. Just like a family member, your pets well being is equally important and I am sure this will help your dog get relief. However, consult a vet if things are severe or you find no change in the situation.

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How To Keep Your Puppy Away From Harm

How To Keep Your Puppy Away From Harm

Your puppy is likely to stick his nose and paws into everything because like children, puppies are inquisitive and adventurous.  Anything that is dangerous to the health of the puppy or valuable to you, keep well out of his reach.  If you leave your house it is recommended that you place the puppy in a room set aside for him where he cannot damage himself of your possessions, his crate or a playpen that he can’t escape from.  If you have a baby gate this can be effective but if the puppy is small he may be able to squeeze through the rails and a larger puppy might be able to dislodge the gate if you do not secure it correctly across a door opening.

If your puppy is teething or likes to chew things make sure that he has something of his own that he is allowed to chew.  There are many commercial taste repellants on the market that are bitter but non toxic and odorless such as RO-PEL or Grannicks Bitter Apple.  You can spray the product on anything that you don’t want the puppy to chew but remember that a puppy uses his mouth and teeth not just for eating but also for exploring his environment and to relieve boredom.  Giving him specific toys will help in teaching him what he can and cannot chew.  There are also many different sized pet pens which you can purchase, if you don’t have a spare room.  The pens are portable and can be used outside as well as inside.  If you decide to invest in one of these, purchase one that it going to be large enough for the dog when he is fully grown.

If you are going to take your dog or puppy out in the car you will need a dog seat belt, a carrier or a hatchback gate if your vehicle is suitable for this.  If the puppy is placed in a carrier secure the carrier in place with a seat belt.  There is a range of pet safety equipment available for traveling in vehicles; window screens are useful for preventing dogs or puppies escaping for the car, sticking their heads out of the window and allowing air to circulate.  It is preferable not to leave any animal in the car alone, particularly during the summer.

Not a very pleasant job, but necessary, is clearing up after your puppy relieves himself.  It is very important to clean up the mess because your puppy may eat his own waste, which may lead to worm and parasite infections.  This is not a good habit for the puppy to develop particularly if you have several puppies together. You can use the pooper scooper or any plastic handled scoop to pick up the mess, place in a plastic bag and then throw in the garbage bin.  If you want to be more eco-friendly there are products available to break down dog waste using natural enzymes.  This is a good system for your own garden area. If you are out for a walk with you dog take some sealable plastic bags with you, so that you can pick up the mess and place it in the nearest garbage bin.  There are special bags which you can purchase from pet stores but any sealable bag will do.

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Gift for your Dogs and Cats

Gift for your Dogs and Cats

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