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cookin in oville Jan 7, 2010 02:00 PM

Any idea where I can buy duck breast in the Toronto area? What will it cost me per kg? Thanks for any help.

  1. jayt90 Jan 7, 2010 03:27 PM

    T&T has Brome Lake duck breasts, from one of the few Quebec farms that does not force feed. Prices are lower than Cumbrae's, Bruno's or Pusateri.

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      tjr Feb 4, 2010 01:46 AM

      For the price, these are an excellent deal for duck in Toronto. However, it depends what type of duck you're looking for (ie: breed, size, fat, etc.). Personally, I had purchased them quite often.

      The Brome Lake duck breasts are on the small size (they're Pekin ducks) with an unremarkable layer of fat (due to not force feeding). Be sure to cook them properly. They also tend to be a bit tough between the skin and the meat.

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      cookin in oville Jan 7, 2010 07:10 PM

      What is T&T and where is it?

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        FireEscape12 Jan 7, 2010 08:54 PM

        T&T is a chinese grocery store with a very large selection of items. Don't know of any downtown toronto but there is a location at warden and steeles and just east of mccowan on steeles as well.

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          Atahualpa Jan 7, 2010 09:24 PM

          There is a downtown T&T at Cherry and Commissioners Sts in the Portlands area. It is a bit smaller than other locations (at than the Warden and Steeles one).

          You can find Duck breasts at Bruno's, Cumbrae's, places in the STL Market, and even a number of Loblaws locations – it is pretty widely available. I don't usually price duck breasts as I only buy it occasionally and no one else in my family likes it particularly so it's just one breast for me. However, you can be pretty sure that T&T would be cheapest and if it is pre-vac-packed item from Brome, it won't matter where you get it.

          Do also consider buying several whole ducks, taking legs and breasts off, render and save the fat. From the legs and fat make confit, from the bones make stock, and use the breasts however you want. You pay a lot for duck fat and a lot for duck breasts off the bird. The costs of those items independently cover the legs if you buy whole birds.

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          foodyDudey Jan 7, 2010 09:12 PM

          Store locations are here: http://www.tnt-supermarket.com/en/sto...

          There is one in Mississauga that is probably the closest to you.

        3. Davwud Jan 8, 2010 06:02 AM

          Our local Longo's has them. You could try your local.

          DT

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            lyndak Feb 1, 2010 01:46 PM

            another recommendation for Longo's here.

            The Longo's at Bathurst and Rutherford has a huge selection of duck. Whole ducks, duck breasts, duck confit, duck legs.

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              Davwud Feb 1, 2010 01:55 PM

              Yep, same here.

              DT

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            jayseeca Jan 8, 2010 06:20 AM

            Vince Gasparro's by Bloor-Ossington has them for $13.99/lb

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              herbs go karts Jan 8, 2010 11:25 AM

              Sobey's St. Clair carries duck breast, fresh cornish hens, buffalo and occasionally venison, but call ahead if you are going.

              I've never bought the duck, but I'm pretty sure it's Brome.

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              cookin in oville Feb 1, 2010 01:25 PM

              Thanks for all your help. Picked up duck breast at T&T on Cherry St.

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                ibraineater Feb 3, 2010 03:31 PM

                St. Andrew poultry in Kensington Market has them. Frozen, just ask at the counter. They're vac-packed and you can specify size desired.

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