Oregon White Truffle Hunting With Jack Czarnecki

Oregon White Truffle Hunting With Jack Czarnecki

To Jack Czarnecki, his lifelong fascination with wild mushrooms can be distilled down to one determinant factor: family genetics. More specifically, his father, Joe Czarnecki, who of European Polish descent, created quite a stir in his day with his cutting-edge restaurant called ‘Joe’s’ in Reading, Pennsylvania. In the 1950’s Joe Czarnecki was among the first chef’s to use wild mushrooms, drawing culinary notables from afar, including Craig Clayborn, James Beard, and Julia Child who back then wanted “to find out about this guy”.

As a child Jack Czarnecki would go on mushroom hunts with his father, but it wasn’t until he and his wife Heidi, took over Joe’s in 1974 that he really got hooked on foraging for wild mushrooms, and putting them on his restaurant menu.

Although the truffle is classified as a mushroom, it is almost wholly distinct from any other mushroom. In 1996 Joe’s closed after 80 years of existence, and Jack and Heidi relocated to Oregon, and started The Joe Palmer Restaurant in the small town of Dayton, near Portland. It was here that Jack turned his attention to truffles, in part, because Oregon truffles at the time had been given the wrongful reputation of being somehow inferior to their European counterparts. Early on, Jack found both the Oregon White and Oregon Black Truffle to be quite the opposite, true culinary treasures.

As Jack Czarnecki explains in the video, one of the biggest challenges is learning how to make natural truffle oil; oil that faithfully reflects all the complexities and subtleties of the gasses inside a ripening truffle. Although he has made tremendous strides over the four years he has been producing his different truffle oils, he still feels he has more to learn about making truffle oils.

Jack Czarnecki’s deep love of wild mushrooms, his training as a Chef, as a microbiologist, and his natural affinity toward philosophical inquiry— of seeking to grasp the large out of that which may be quite small— continues to fuel his drive to commercially produce a better truffle oil.

As though fulfilling an unwritten destiny, Jack’s son Chris now runs The Joel Palmer House restaurant, and his other son Stefan is involved in the restaurant, and helping his dad with their truffle oil business.

In the Czarnecki family, the apple seems to fall not far from the tree.

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50 Comments

  1. Puff Daddy on December 24, 2019 at 2:53 am

    Chinese truffle

  2. al ravijn Balingit on December 24, 2019 at 2:55 am

    does over harvesting of truffle a problem? once a human harvested it the spores would not be scattered right?

  3. sharon x on December 24, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Hi thankyou for the video was interesting.I didn’t know anything about truffles until today when I dug up a good size white truffle by accident.I had to look up how to store it.Now I am hooked! I found out where the best places to look please can you possibly tell me any other interesting signs I could look out for in my search for truffles?Also its may and I have read the best time for the black truffle is between November to march and the white September to early January.Does this mean now its may that the truffle is no good?Thankyou sharon

  4. katherine ayers on December 24, 2019 at 2:58 am

    thought truffles were in the fungus famiy? Spores off of mushrooms? okay!

  5. David Lopez on December 24, 2019 at 2:59 am

    so this is the guy all other truffle hunters that use a dog Hate

  6. Peter Plantec on December 24, 2019 at 2:59 am

    This is an awful video…it teaches people to hunt truffles indiscriminately with a rake…The is deeply frowned upon by real truffle hunters all over the world. The rake destroys far more truffles than it finds and disrupts the ground so they won’t grow there. The truffles one finds this way are generally immature and not really of culinary quality. People don’t even use pigs any more for the same reason, they destroy more crop than they harvest. To hunt truffles responsibly one my train a dog to find only the ripe Truffles, they are each carefully removed with a small knife so as not to disturb the surrounding immature truffles. I don’t care what Czarnecki’s reputation is, his methods are wrong and ruin the hunt for others by leaving a mess.

  7. Smexy Smexican on December 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Oregon?

    Guess it’s time to go huntin

  8. DroneXFun on December 24, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Holy cow, doug firs are all we have. I’ll have to see if my dogs can smell them.

  9. MrYy45 on December 24, 2019 at 3:01 am

    He has a dog
    I saw it at the beginning of the video
    But he like others they will not show you the whole trade.
    So he rakes away like that is what actually goes on
    But infact he calls his dog and when the dog finds truffles then he uses the rake lol

  10. tumble0weed on December 24, 2019 at 3:02 am

    Am i the only one that wonders if raking the ground of these old forests is disturbing the soils and the way of life in the forests?… It seems so intrusive to these old growth forests, it almost makes me angry TBH.

  11. Grand Fortress on December 24, 2019 at 3:03 am

    we have white truffles here in the phils… anyone interested pls email me…

  12. Hong Lo on December 24, 2019 at 3:03 am

    lay ko mjnh co

  13. bowrudder on December 24, 2019 at 3:03 am

    So much for "leave no trace".

  14. Hunter4650 on December 24, 2019 at 3:04 am

    wonder if its worth a look in the pine forest here in Australia?

  15. David Gravite on December 24, 2019 at 3:05 am

    i found a couple white truffles in central California before but just thru them away cause i didnt know what they where.There were very white with the shape of a brain almost .they got very gasy and oily.

  16. KRS2 on December 24, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Long/Lat of your truffle hunting location pls .

  17. 426 SUPER BEE on December 24, 2019 at 3:05 am

    My white truffles are size of a soft balls,  It’s the squirrels that spread them around and eat on them like nuts,  Squirrels are the best planters of all animals even they eat some fruit every now a then for all there hard work they done…big deal let em live and plant more..  I don’t sell them i eat em YUM ~ Thank you Squirrels

  18. WILLIAM PLAMK on December 24, 2019 at 3:06 am

    thank you teacher you rock

  19. codyluke63 on December 24, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Replace your divet, leave the forest floor how you found it. You suck for not mentioning the importance of treading lightly.

  20. mrbigdaddyboss on December 24, 2019 at 3:08 am

    i really want to kno the story behind his huge ring 

  21. Carl Barnett on December 24, 2019 at 3:11 am

    I like the oil but I would store in glass only. I never use plastic. Glass is superior for anything especially water. Not toxic and safe.

  22. Kate Hare McIntosh on December 24, 2019 at 3:11 am

    Raking is frowned upon by the mycological community.

  23. IronPriest82 on December 24, 2019 at 3:11 am

    How do Oregon truffles compare to truffles from France and Italy?

  24. muustache321 on December 24, 2019 at 3:12 am

    for a second i thought u were looking for chocolate in the forest…

  25. Landon Rhoades on December 24, 2019 at 3:13 am

    I have a lot of white truffles now what do I do with them. in Ames Oregon

  26. Robin C on December 24, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Those damn squirrels! : )

  27. ammar YOSIF on December 24, 2019 at 3:14 am

    can you guys please give me the address I’m in Oregon😊

  28. Ectoplasmic Entity on December 24, 2019 at 3:16 am

    The best truffles are from France and Italy. How do I know? Because they said so.

  29. Joe Yoyo on December 24, 2019 at 3:19 am

    I can you tell if the truffle I got is editable? I have 5 acres of forest in Vancouver, WA. and when the contractor clear cut part of the land for building my house, I remember of seen some white knotted things on the ground, now I think back it maybe truffles. I still have 4 acres left, and the trees are about 40 years old, I am sure there are truffles in the forest, I just don’t know how to ID them.

  30. WRY Outdoor Media on December 24, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Grat job on the video guys. Keep it up!

  31. Mikecheck12 on December 24, 2019 at 3:19 am

    What’s truffle oil used for?

  32. todorka71 on December 24, 2019 at 3:22 am

    magic truffles

  33. Theresa Romeo on December 24, 2019 at 3:25 am

    I am in Idaho and I think I have truffles in my yard. Smells n looks like it but I am afraid to eat them. I am looking for a lab to test. The squirrel will dig n eat them. I am so tempted but don’t want to poison myself. Know any labs I can mail sample to.

  34. Curie Fong on December 24, 2019 at 3:28 am

    What a lazy idiot…he should be re-burying the area he digs up so the roots are not exposed and the tree can re-juvenate and produce more truffles…just a fat lazy inconsiderate mouthy blob!!!

  35. doktorstolat on December 24, 2019 at 3:29 am

    get a dog and train it to find it

  36. superhoggbike on December 24, 2019 at 3:30 am

    none of this makes since. why do you want them in the first place.

  37. MrYy45 on December 24, 2019 at 3:31 am

    He uses a dog to find truffles
    You can see it at 55 second mark

  38. John John on December 24, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Why he doesn’t use dogs like they do in Italy and France?

  39. Janice Bowman on December 24, 2019 at 3:33 am

    Truffles are way over rated. Truffles are not as rare as human morality among the rich and the wealthy. Give my orphans in Kenya Africa some of the money the shallow rich people will pay for a dirt cold and I could send all 89 of them to college some day. It never ceases to amaze me how very shallow the rich and the wealthy really are. The things The rich and wealthy are willing to invest are so utterly shallow …. Jesus said the poor we will have with us always and shallowness in the wealthy is only one reason for the big mess the human race finds herself in.

  40. TshirtGuy on December 24, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Get a dog! dogs are more accurate on finding truffles they can smell if the truffle is perfect enough for harvest

  41. galaxy 500 on December 24, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Why aren’t you carrying the truffles in a mesh bag so you can spread the spores?

  42. Linda Spontak on December 24, 2019 at 3:39 am

    I ain’t gonna knock it…. but, for me there are just some things I ain’t gonna try. I do like regular mushrooms on occasion…. just not into making a habit of it. lol

  43. randy beard on December 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

    My dog drops truffles all over the backyard….

  44. 0230Raveena on December 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Wow, im in California. Now thinking of going up to Oregon to hunt for truffles. It seems so exciting. Like hunting for treasures.

  45. راضي الشمري on December 24, 2019 at 3:41 am

    If you see them in our country you will be amazed

  46. stacy4422 on December 24, 2019 at 3:44 am

    wait was that a bigfoot? did you see that?

  47. Cecilia Darko on December 24, 2019 at 3:47 am

    The yellow truffle is the most expensive. …

  48. galaxy 500 on December 24, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Why aren’t you carrying the truffles in a mesh bag so you can spread the spores?

  49. Rachel Davis on December 24, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Aren’t you supposed to use dogs to avoid harvesting truffles that aren’t ripe yet? Isn’t raking frowned upon?

  50. Peter Plantec on December 24, 2019 at 3:48 am

    My God, raking is so destructive. It is so easy to train your dog to find truffles — why rake? You kill young truffles and rarely find the truly ripe ones. Such a destructive waste. You should be ashamed.

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