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dookie_doo Mar 25, 2010 08:17 PM

Greetings -

I am planning making some homemade duck confit for Easter. My only problem, where to buy the duck and duck fat? I've found an expensive online source (levillage.com), but does anyone know of a place that sells it locally?

I've tried to call Hong Kong Market, but they don't answer their phone.

Thanks for any tips.

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Hong Kong
7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

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    dookie_doo Mar 25, 2010 08:19 PM

    Oh! And I need to make a bunny cake (white cake with sticky frosting and coconut). Whatever happened to packages of boiled icing mix? I looked/called everywhere last Easter -- no one sells it. Help!?

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      Hungry Celeste Mar 26, 2010 02:04 PM

      Every stinkin' year of my childhood, I had that damn bunny cake as my birthday cake. Blech! I say, bake something chocolate that everyone will enjoy, instead. Or if you persist with the bunny, grate your own fresh coconut & use something more flavorful than the sticky, fluffly, boiled frosting. (Dorie Greenspan's Baking from My Home to Yours has a nice marshmallow frosting recipe that might do the trick). Hell, now I might just have to revisit the stupid bunny, only with a few better-tasting updates. A chocolate cake, with some coconut milk in it, frosted with marshmallow & fresh coconut....

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      JanetLong Mar 26, 2010 06:51 AM

      Hong Kong Market does indeed have ducks. Plenty of them. However, I don't recall ever seeing just the leg parts for sale by themself, and I don't think they sell just the fat either. You will need a lot of fat for confit. Don't order online--the shipping alone is something you shouldn't have to pay.

      What I would do is do a little investment shopping and go to Hong Kong Market and buy about 4 ducks. Remove the breast since it's served totally differantly than the legs. I would freeze the breasts individually for future use. Don't remove the skin/fat fromt he breasts, because you will need that when you cook it. You can use the head, back and misc parts to make stock. That leaves you with the legs and thighs to confit, and you should have enough fat to cover them. If not, cheat a little bit and some freshly rendered lard. It won't hurt a thing.

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      Hong Kong
      7605 Westbank Expy, Marrero, LA 70072

      1. nomadchowwoman Mar 26, 2010 02:22 PM

        I've had no luck finding duck legs, unless they're already confit, in NO. You can get duck fat, but it's not cheap; I've only found little containers (6 oz., I think), of which you'd need several if you were doing several legs.
        I had high hopes for Cochon Butcher when it opened, hoped it would keep such things as duck legs, rabbit, Berkshire pork, etc. in stock. But I suppose they would if there were enough of a market for it. They will order these things, though, if you can plan ahead.
        (Recently, another poster recommended I try Perino's in Marrero for rabbit. I haven't made it there yet, and don't know if they'd carry duck legs, but it might be worth an inquiry.)

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        Cochon Butcher
        930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          JazzyB Mar 27, 2010 03:11 PM

          Have you tried Langenstein's for rabbit? I seem to recall Rouses carries it frozen.

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          JazzyB Mar 27, 2010 10:40 AM

          My son picked up a quart of duck fat at Cochon Butcher just yesterday. They were in a quandry as to pricing since this is something they don't usaully sell ($8).

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          Cochon Butcher
          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            nomadchowwoman Mar 27, 2010 02:01 PM

            That's a real bargain compared to what I've paid for the small containers!

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            phyllisstein Mar 27, 2010 01:06 PM

            Dookie,
            I know Carriage Foods, which supplies many local restaurants with meat products, used to sell directly to the public. The're out in Kenner and I know for a fact that they sell duck leg quarters and tubs of duck fat. Granted, both are probably in larger quantities than you might want for your Easter duck confit, but you could always put what you aren't going to use in the freezer to make later in the year, say for Christmas and Thanksgiving? Especially if its a success. Or, you could use duck fat for pan frying potatoes - delicious!

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              dookie_doo Mar 28, 2010 06:10 PM

              Oooo! This is a new find. I will call them tomorrow. I don't mind freezing things for later.

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                dookie_doo Mar 29, 2010 11:12 AM

                Carriage Foods has both. I've placed my order.

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                  nomadchowwoman Mar 29, 2010 11:50 AM

                  Do you know what thw minimum order is? Is this a place one can walk into?

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                    dookie_doo Mar 29, 2010 02:38 PM

                    I think you can order duck leg/thing quarters individually. But I had to buy a gallon of the duck fat. And you can call and then pick up.

                    http://www.carriagefoods.com/index.htm

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                      JanetLong Mar 30, 2010 06:46 AM

                      I checked their site and there are no prices listed. Do you mind stating how much it cost?

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