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Jan 12, 2004 06:45 PM

Duck breast, preferably not frozen

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Preparing duck breast at home is a new favorite of ours. The first time we went looking, we were at the U Village QFC and they had frozen duck breasts behind the butcher counter in the walk in freezer. Now, they've rearranged somewhat and the only place they thought they "might" have it was in the frozen section with Cornish hens and the like (They didn't.) We did find frozen, again, at Larry's on Queen Anne.

Anyone know of a butcher shop or other grocery in the core Seattle area that sells fresh duck breasts?

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  1. I thought I saw fresh duck breast at Whole foods in Seattle. I know Larry's Bellevue has it, because I've purchased it there in the past. So, Queen anne larry's likely has it too or can get it.

    5 Replies
    1. re: twinbliss

      I think Whole Foods in Seattle used to carry fresh, but now carries frozen only.

      1. re: KathyR

        I should have added that even though the duck breasts at Whole Foods are frozen, they are delicious. I've had them twice in the last few weeks.

        1. re: KathyR

          We had them from Whole Foods at Thanksgiving and they were fresh, not frozen. I looked at them around Christmas and they had fresh duck breast but only frozen whole duck.

          I think University Seafood and Poultry also has fresh duck breast.

          1. re: Lauren

            I always thought the best duck dish in town was the roast Bohemian duck with dumplings and red cabbage at Labuznik. (Long gone, for you newcomers.) I once asked Peter, the owner/chef, where he got them. If I remember correctly (and I can't guaranty that), I believe they were from the midwest, possibly Amish, and frozen.

            1. re: Lauren

              I haven't see duck breasts @ the Whole foods very often.

              The one's at University Seafood are frozen (or previously frozen) but very good. Same for Uwajimaya.

              I'm not sure if the breasts at Don and Joe's are fresh or frozen, but I've gotten fresh whole ducks there. The butcher said that they can order anything w/ 3 days notice (I was asking about getting duck legs), so even if they usually have frozen, if you call ahead you might be able to get fresh.

              Cook's Ilustrated recomends these guys,, but I've never ordered from them. Ordering fresh, not frozen, meat through the mail seems a little odd to me.

      2. I saw duck breasts at West Seattle Metropolitan market over the weekend, in the regular meat case. Of course, they may have been frozen previously.

        1. I bought some a few months ago at Uwajimaya. They were not frozen, but may have been previously. They were very good quality.

          1. It wasn't duck breast but I did see fresh duck today at Don and Joe's Meat in Pike Place Market.

            1. You can get fresh duck breasts (as well as whole ducks) at Whole Foods. However, if you want to be sure they will have a fresh one, call a few days in advance.

              I believe the breasts are from ducks that are raised differently and are supposedly better. However, when I made whole ducks and breasts on Christmas, I liked the whole ones better -- then again, perhaps that's because I cooked them on a rotisserie. I'm sure the Whole Food folks could explain their birds' origins.