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Fresh duck legs

RichardinJP Aug 6, 2009 03:26 AM

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. theparegorickid RE: RichardinJP Aug 6, 2009 04:01 AM

    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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      hotoynoodle RE: theparegorickid Aug 6, 2009 05:35 AM

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

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        BobB RE: hotoynoodle Aug 6, 2009 07:36 AM

        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. capeanne RE: RichardinJP Aug 6, 2009 04:56 AM

      I buy them at Savenors. Always seem to have them

      1. PinchOfSalt RE: RichardinJP Aug 6, 2009 07:48 AM

        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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          qianning RE: PinchOfSalt Jan 21, 2011 05:53 AM

          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,

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            BobB RE: qianning Jan 24, 2011 04:03 AM

            Savenor's pretty much always has them.

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              qianning RE: BobB Jan 24, 2011 06:04 AM

              fresh whole duck or just legs or just breast?

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                FoodDabbler RE: qianning Jan 24, 2011 06:52 AM

                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.

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                  qianning RE: FoodDabbler Jan 24, 2011 07:45 AM

                  will do, thanks.

                  Pics look great!

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          Reed422 RE: RichardinJP Aug 11, 2009 11:33 AM


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            Stellar D RE: Reed422 Aug 13, 2009 05:51 AM

            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. kobuta RE: RichardinJP Aug 15, 2009 05:00 PM

            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.

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