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Aug 6, 2009 03:26 AM

Fresh duck legs

Any suggestions on where I can buy duck legs? I haven't seen them in any of the many markets I visit.

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  1. some of the chinese markets such as Cmart on Washington St or Kam Man's in Quincy
    will have the salt cured duck legs - delish, as well as whole ducks and wings raw
    don't think I've seen raw duck legs at Kam Man, Cmart is a definite possibility, though

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    1. re: theparegorickid

      i've bought them frozen in chinatown for about half the price they are at whole foods.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        I've bought them frozen at Super 88 also - but for some reason almost all of them were broken at the ankle. I cooked them anyway (confit de canard, very tasty) but it was kind of creepy.

        Whole Foods stopped carrying them a while back (I read somewhere that it has something to do with the firms that supplied them also producing foie gras, so they stopped for "moral" reasons), but if you're looking for top-quality ones (at a price) Savenors sells them.

    2. I buy them at Savenors. Always seem to have them

      1. I know it's not exactly an answer to your question, but here is a more general suggestion. When I see a good price on fresh ducks, I have been known to by multiple ducks and break them down and then freeze separately:

        - Duck breasts (boneless)
        - Duck legs
        - Duck fat
        - The wings and the rest of the duck (mostly bones) (for making stock)

        One can save quite a bit that way over purchasing duck parts separately.

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        1. re: PinchOfSalt

          have you seen fresh duck anywhere recently? my old source, Battambang in Lowell, doesn't have them any more. So far I've tried H-mart, Roche Bros (Burlington), McKinnon's (Somerville), Mayflower, and various Market Baskets, frozen ducks galore, but no fresh duck or parts there of,

          1. re: qianning

            Savenor's pretty much always has them.

            1. re: BobB

              fresh whole duck or just legs or just breast?

              1. re: qianning

                You'll need to call them to ask. I walked in a year and a half or so ago and walked out with two dozen duck legs. I made half using a French duck-with-turnips recipe from Julia (left pic), and the other half using an ancient Roman duck-with-turnips recipe from Apicius (right pic). I got the impression that they have a lot of duck on hand at Savenor's, both cut up and whole. But you should check.

          1. re: Reed422

            Give MckInnons in Davis Square a call. They have either whole or duck parts, frozen.

            Also, I have bought duck parts at Stop and Shop (gasp!), in Nonantum (Italian section of Newton). I think you will do best finding things like that in more ethnic neighborhoods, at better prices.

          2. Saw them in by the poultry at the Stop & Shop in N. Quincy today. Definitely not a usual item; this is the first time I've seen them in months.