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Duck fat? Goose fat? Where to get?

pamlet Dec 14, 2009 06:13 PM

The husband wants to do his famous duck fat roasted potatoes for Xmas -- goose fat will do, too. Where to get this? We're in Brookline, and he's asked at the local Whole Foods... any ideas?

We had a laugh when we were in London last Xmas (my husband is British) and we ran out to the local corner store one night to scrounge for stuff (the sister-in-laws house wasn't exactly a cook's paradise) and found goose fat! Boston's a bit tougher for this...

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    celeriac RE: pamlet Dec 14, 2009 06:46 PM

    Savenor's seems to have rendered duck fat pretty consistently.

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      BobB RE: celeriac Dec 21, 2009 10:59 AM

      Savenor's generally has both - if there's none on the shelf just ask, they keep a big vat of freshly rendered duck fat at the back.

    2. Food4Thought RE: pamlet Dec 14, 2009 09:50 PM

      Not knowing where you are located, Fruit Center Marketplace in Milton carries D'Artagnan duck fat for about 6 bucks for a 7 oz container

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        lbfoody RE: pamlet Dec 15, 2009 05:02 AM

        You could give Dewar's in Newton Center or Wellelsey a call. They carry D'Artagnan products too. Also, Wasik's Cheese Shop in Wellelsey may be able to order it for you.

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        1. re: lbfoody
          GretchenS RE: lbfoody Dec 15, 2009 07:09 AM

          Dewar's in Newton Center usually has goose fat, not sure about duck fat, but they seem to be able (and happy) to source anything with some advance notice. They are getting us a venison loin for Christmas, can't wait.

        2. nsenada RE: pamlet Dec 15, 2009 05:03 AM

          Lionette's in the South End has different fats.

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            Spike RE: nsenada Dec 16, 2009 02:39 PM

            Lionette's carries duck fat? I thought it was just a small produce store in that tiny hole :-)

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              nsenada RE: Spike Dec 17, 2009 06:14 AM

              It is tiny, but they have great stuff. I remember seeing multiple kinds of animal fats and meats.

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                FinnFPM RE: nsenada Dec 17, 2009 09:06 AM

                They have duck fat as well as lard there!

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            jjbourgeois RE: pamlet Dec 15, 2009 06:29 AM

            Cardullo's in Harvard Square carries Duck fat.

            1. Karl S RE: pamlet Dec 15, 2009 07:53 AM

              I would say goose fat is better than duck fat, but that duck fat is easier to get because duck is easier to get.

              1. steinpilz RE: pamlet Dec 16, 2009 06:31 PM

                They're both great for potatoes in the winter! I save the fat each time I cook a duck breast or leg, now I have enought frozen away for years. If you ever cook a duck or goose you'll be set - a goose will give you a couple of quarts of fat (I remember something on the order of 3/4 gallon), remember to put some water in the bottom of the roaster to prevent burning.

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                  q_dao RE: steinpilz Dec 17, 2009 07:35 AM

                  Hi Steinpilz,
                  I am going to roast a goose for this Xmas and curious how to get the fat from roasting. Could you please give more info? I will marinade the whole goose with some spices and salt, so should I preserve the fat? Tks

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                    steinpilz RE: q_dao Dec 17, 2009 01:23 PM

                    The fat will render into the roasting pan as the goose cooks. To prevent smoking/fat burning you should put some water in the bottom of the pan at the start (this is essential/very highly recommended).

                    As the goose cooks you can remove the fat which will float on top of the water, I think I used one of those pyrex measuring cups to do this (the last time I cooked a goose was around 10 years ago). The fat will be a cloudy grey/white liquid and there will be a lot, I nearly filled a wok with the rendered fat from one goose!

                    You might want to think of starting quite early, or cooking it the day before, as goose is big and between cooking/collecting fat/carving tends to take over the whole kitchen.

                    Have a great Xmas!

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                      grant.cook RE: steinpilz Dec 18, 2009 07:47 AM

                      I think a while back I found out you could order it through Mayflower poultry, but you did have to order like 4 lbs or something... a lot, but it sure would be useful in cooking..

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                        q_dao RE: steinpilz Dec 18, 2009 11:07 AM

                        Thank you, Steinpilz. Happy holidays!

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