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defrosting a whole duck

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  • Aimee Nov 16, 2008 05:35 AM
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The duck seems semi-thawed after 24 hours in the fridge, but it's still somewhat hard. I was hoping to cook it today. Any suggestions?

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  1. Continually rinse it (in the package) in room temp water until you see it starting to thaw out.
    You could leave it safely on the counter for a little while, but not for hours. I would then unpackage it, rinse and put on a big platter so it can breathe a bit & thaw more.

    Or wait, let it continue thawing in the fridge and cook it tomorrow.

    Ducks are usually rock hard frozen and it takes a while for them to thaw (sort of like a turkey but smaller).

    You might check out Maple Leaf Farms website & see if they have any suggestions as well as the company on the label of the duck you have.

    1. Here's what Maple Leaf Farms has to say: