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Mullard Duck Breast in Scarborough??

wciu Jul 29, 2007 09:10 PM

Anyone know where is the closest place I can find Mullard duck breast in Scarborough? I am hoping to get some for a dish I want to make but have not idea where to find it. :)


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  1. thenurse RE: wciu Jul 30, 2007 07:13 AM

    I could be very wrong, but I have a feeling that Mallard ducks aren't available to the average consumer. Unless you have a hunting license, a bird dog, and a rifle, I think you're SOL. (I can lend you my dog....)

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    1. re: thenurse
      wciu RE: thenurse Jul 30, 2007 09:53 AM

      I think Mullard and Mallard are different. Mallard are the wild ducks, where as Mullard are a cross between Muscovy and Peking ducks. These ducks are bred for their breast meat.

      P.S. I am very accident prone, so I don't think anyone would want me around any sort of firearms. :)

      1. re: thenurse
        EPIcureanTO RE: thenurse Jul 30, 2007 10:01 AM

        Yes- Mallard ducks are wild- but you could try the Healthy butcher. ( and ask for wild duck, I imagine)

        Otherwise you may have to suffice with Muscovy, the bratty barnyard kind.

        Who is this recipe by? Is it an old one?

        The Healthy Butcher
        565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

        1. re: EPIcureanTO
          soko RE: EPIcureanTO Jul 30, 2007 10:56 AM

          I believe Mullard Duck is the result of cross-breeding Pekin and Muscovy duck, and is used mostly for the production of foie gras. I have never seen mullard duck breast in toronto, but if you check the foie gras producers and suppliers they might be able to help you out.

          1. re: soko
            wciu RE: soko Jul 30, 2007 02:28 PM

            I think the spelling I used for Mullard caused the confusion. I am not sure why but it seems that Mullard, Moulard, and Mulard all refer to the same type of duck. :)

            Googling Moulard, I see an article on Cumbrae's which talks about Moulard duck breasts. I'll pop by this week to see if they have it.

          2. re: EPIcureanTO
            wciu RE: EPIcureanTO Jul 30, 2007 03:21 PM

            Just checked their website, the healthy butcher does have it. It's called magret duck breasts.

            Wanted to try making Duck procuitto myself. :)

            1. re: wciu
              thehealthybutcher RE: wciu Jul 31, 2007 08:23 AM

              Hi guys, this is Mario Fiorucci from The Healthy Butcher.
              We sell Muscovy Duck Breasts, not Magret Duck Breasts… thanks for catching the mistake Steve (WCIU), I have corrected it on our website.

              We used to sell Magret a while back before we found a local, naturally raised source of Muscovy. The Muscovy’s we sell are never de-beaked because they have ample space in their open barns, and their fed a great, healthy feed… unfortunately not organic which we always prefer, but organic is simply not available on a regular basis.

              I'll try to clarify the terms used for ducks:

              MALLARD – A wild duck breed.
              PEKIN – Another breed of duck, a variety of the Mallard, and native to China and very popular in Chinese cuisine (just drive through China town and see them hanging in windows).
              MUSCOVY – A breed of duck that is not derived from mallard stock. It originated in Brazil, but it now the most popular duck in Europe, especially France. Because they need no protection against cold weather, the Muscovy develops little fat and is by far the leanest domesticated duck, with about 30% less fat than Pekin duck. Muscovy have a rich, distinctive flavour.
              MOULARD – The Moulard duck is a cross between a Muscovy male and a Pekin female artificially bred to produce foie gras. Large moulard ducks are (unfortunately) the foundation of Gascon cuisine.
              MAGRET – the name of the duck breast produced from the Moulard – this is the reason we steered away from carrying Magret breasts at The Healthy Butcher as soon as we had another option. The Magret breasts by definition are produced from foie gras ducks – and obviously we do not support the product of foie gras ducks.

              Hope this helps.

              1. re: thehealthybutcher
                wciu RE: thehealthybutcher Jul 31, 2007 10:05 AM

                Thanks for the info, Mario!!

                More humane is good enough for me. :) I'll try to pop by this week to pick some up.

                1. re: thehealthybutcher
                  EPIcureanTO RE: thehealthybutcher Aug 22, 2007 12:41 PM

                  Yes thanks- !good to know you're on this board!

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