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Apr 6, 2007 11:09 AM

Buying raw duck for confit?

I have finally mustered the courage to make my own batch of confit this weekend... The only question that remains is where in San Francisco to buy raw duck legs, or possibly whole ducks at prices that are hopefully more reasonable than Whole Foods... Any advice is greatly appreciated! Many thanks.

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  1. Poultry shops in SF Chinatown, legs or whole ducks (with heads and feet)

    1. Or any Chinese supermarket, such as Pacific Super on Alemany or 21st & Irving.

      1. I noticed that the Costco in Novato is now selling duck confit in their refrigerated section.

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        1. re: Cindy

          San Francisco Costco as well. Also duck breasts.

          1. re: Cindy

            I saw those also...I just hope they keep them. They had smoked duck breasts a few years ago, and dropped them. I have been complaining ever since. The confit legs look pretty good and I intend to try them. I do my confit 2 dozen at a time, so my freezer is pretty full. I think the legs were about $5-6 for 2, and that is pretty good. Last time I saw duck legs at 99 Ranch they were $3.95 lb. Sonoma Poultry is $2.80 lb in a dozen bag.

          2. How much are the duck legs at Whole Foods? At Faletti's they are $6.99/#. I haven't found any duck fat in the stores, though. Haven't had time so far to render my own and haven't done the mail order thing yet.

            1. A lot of folks are recommending Chinese and/or Oriental markets for ducks. However, keep in mind that traditional confit is made with Magret ducks which are considerably meatier than their Oriental counterparts (the ones which come from the foie gras industry). Depending on what you plan to do with your confit, it is seriously worth the money to buy the better cuts of meat. When you make confit with the ducks from Chinatown, you'll end up with pretty skimpy legs with meat that is a lot stringier and less-substantive. Read Paula Wolfert's extensive research on confit -- she'll explain it in further detail.

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              1. re: Carrie 218

                The ducks sold in Bay Area's Chinatown are Pekin ducks from Reichardt Farm, which has no connection with the foie gras industry.