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Buy Duck Fat

mowenbrown Dec 28, 2007 01:36 PM

I really want to make duck confit, and need to find duck fat to do so. I have tried the poultry vendors at eastern market and came up empty both times... anyone know of a place around town I can score some?


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    Ellen RE: mowenbrown Dec 28, 2007 02:25 PM

    I use D'artagnan duckfat but haven't bought it in this town. Try Dean and DeLucca in Georgetown. If they don't have it, try Wegmans or Whole Foods, you probably will luck out at one of them.

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      jsenter RE: Ellen Dec 28, 2007 03:44 PM

      I think Whole Foods does not deal in duck at all any more. They said that they would not dal with anyone who made foie gras and that eliminates just about anyone big enough for them to deal with. When I have asked about duck in the stores no ones seams to know very much and I avoid asking cooperate PR there sine I do not like their level of moralizing.

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        Hal Laurent RE: jsenter Dec 28, 2007 06:15 PM

        Ah, perhaps that's why my local Whole Foods rarely has duck anymore. At the rate that they're deciding not to carry things, soon I'll have no need to shop there at all. :-(

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          hon RE: Hal Laurent Oct 11, 2011 06:06 PM

          Just saw D'artagnan duckfat at the Fresh and Green on 41st Street

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      jsenter RE: mowenbrown Dec 28, 2007 03:41 PM

      Balducci's usually has it in the freezer case.

      For mail order www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com sells duck fat in 2 pound containers for $12.50. Since I usually make confit in large batches that is what I order.

      1. namret RE: mowenbrown Dec 28, 2007 03:45 PM

        Buy a duck at the supermarket and get some that way.

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          youngfoodieguy RE: mowenbrown Dec 28, 2007 03:52 PM

          supposedly the Superfresh on 41st in Hamden carries duck fat

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            gldfng43 RE: mowenbrown Dec 29, 2007 08:05 AM

            Organic Butcher in McLean had duck fat when I was in recently.

            1. ko1 RE: mowenbrown Dec 29, 2007 04:27 PM

              Wegman's has the D'Artagnan duck fat in with the rest of their products.

              1. MsDiPesto RE: mowenbrown Dec 29, 2007 08:53 PM

                you can buy D'artagnan and I think one other brand on Amazon.

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                  TouchTheSquid RE: mowenbrown Jan 2, 2008 07:21 AM

                  I know for certain that Dean and Delucca in Georgetown has it with the cured meats and cheeses, but its probably way over priced.

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                    tartuffe RE: TouchTheSquid Jan 2, 2008 09:00 AM

                    If that's the only place you can get it, it's not "way over-priced.' Price, in other words, is a synonym for "how much do I want this" ? A better word would have been "expensive."

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                      MakingSense RE: tartuffe Jan 3, 2008 10:17 PM

                      "way over priced" may be accurate. People buy stuff at Dean and Delucca, Balducci, Whole Foods or other places thinking that it's something rare or exotic because it's not at Safeway or Giant. And those stores charge high prices for things that you can find at other places around town for a lot less money. Or you can easily order the same things on the internet - even with the shipping, you often come out ahead.
                      We're talking about grease. Fat. It drips off the ducks that you cook. A lot of people throw it away. It would actually be cheaper to cook a couple of ducks and save the fat. Ducks are less than $3/lb and duck fat is $6+/lb. Good grief!

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                    bgray5267 RE: mowenbrown Oct 5, 2011 10:52 AM

                    Wagshal's on 4855 Mass Av NW carries it. I just called. It's $7.99/lb and comes in a 1lb container.

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                      mt7187 RE: mowenbrown Oct 5, 2011 12:06 PM

                      Butcher's Block in Old Town almost always has duck fat. I buy tubs of it when I'm there.

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                        hppyheather RE: mt7187 Oct 6, 2011 06:21 AM

                        Yep, I was also going to recommend Butcher's block (Robert Weidermier's market). I believe it is $8 a pound.

                        But, if you're going to make some duck confit, it does seem to make sense to just buy a whole duck ...

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                          monkeyrotica RE: hppyheather Oct 6, 2011 06:54 AM

                          Even though this thread is 4 years old, cooking your own duck is still the most cost effective way of getting duck fat. I end up with almost half a gallon of the stuff. Freeze it and you're set.

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                        RainyDayLatte RE: mowenbrown Oct 8, 2011 06:43 PM

                        You can also find duck fat at Williams Sonoma now. They carry the Rougie brand in some of their stores and on their website: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

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                          NotJuliaChild RE: mowenbrown Oct 8, 2011 07:04 PM

                          Wegman's carries the D'artagnan brand.

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                            JonParker RE: NotJuliaChild Oct 8, 2011 08:12 PM

                            I have grabbed a container of the D'Artagnan at Wegmans to make skillet fries before, but at $6 for an 8 oz. tub we're looking at a damned expensive confit.

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