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Jan 6, 2009 03:31 PM

How long will my duck fat last?

How long will the drippings from my roast duck last? Should I store it in the fridge? In the freezer? I'm saving it so I can fry other things in it like french fries or fried chicken.

Going further...why is it that duck fat and goose fat are such wonderful cooking lards but chicken fat isn't. Is it just a matter of quantity? That being there's not as much left over grease from a chicken as there is from a duck or goose.

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  1. I'm sorry I can't give you exact information. when I get a tub I put half in a tub and put in the fridge. the other half I freeze. to be honest it doesn't last long around here. I've never fried chicken in it but have given it thought. Potatoes, yes! nothing is better than a fried or oven roasted potato in duck fat. on my profile here my comfort food starts out with grilled collard greens tossed in duck fat with just S&P. Let me know if you fry the chicken and I'll do the same when I do.

    1. It will last several months in the fridge and almost indefinitely in the freezer. I recommend straining it to make it as "clean" as possible.

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      1. re: Caitlin McGrath

        Thanks Caitlin. I actually took it out of the fridge, formed it into a log, wrapped it in wax paper and put it in the freezer.