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Sep 25, 2006 05:05 PM

Cooking duck breast in advance?

I have cooked duck breast succesufully a couple of times using my cast iron skillet. When cooking duck for dinner guests, can you cook the duck breasts prior to everyones arrival? If so, how far in advance can you cook them without a significant loss in quality?

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  1. I would not do it unless I could do something 3/4 's done and then finish it just before sitting down but certainly not start them more than an hour ahead even then I'd worry about losing quality. It is not like they need to be well done. Med.-rare does not take long to do.