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Duck Confit Question

FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 08:44 AM

Lately, I've been using a lot of duck confit legs. I love the flavor of the meat and the versatility of it, but what I don't like is carving the meat off the leg. It's very tricky and somewhat difficult to find where the meat ends and begins. I know duck is a rather boney creature, but am I missing something? Is there a trick to carving the leg? Or is it just about doing the best you can given the meat to bone ratio?

Thanks!

  1. chefj Feb 7, 2011 03:03 PM

    I have never seen anyone "carve" a confit duck leg.
    The leg is almost always served either whole or just pulled off the bone.
    Are trying to actually get slices of confit? If so you should try confiting a Duck Breast Magret which is very large with a good amount of fat. After it is cooled you can make lovely slices of it.

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      FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 06:09 PM

      No, not really perfect slices. I like them rough cut for the dishes I use it in.
      I prefer the flavor of the leg over that of the breast.

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        chefj Feb 9, 2011 03:25 PM

        so you do not really carve them at all. That makes more sense to me. The breast suggestion was if you are actually trying to carve slices. Oh and confit Breast Magret is also very lovely preparation. Because it is a very large breast from an older duck it confits very well.

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      escondido123 Feb 7, 2011 09:10 AM

      When I have duck confit, it is falling off the bone--literally. There is no need to carve it, it just pulls off.

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        FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 09:28 AM

        I've been getting my from a local specialty store. It's very cold, but I let it warm up a bit before carving.

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          escondido123 Feb 7, 2011 09:38 AM

          Maybe you need to heat it up, which should cause the collagen jelly and fat to dissolve, thus releasing the meat from the bones and such. What are you using it for?

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            FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 10:15 AM

            That makes sense...so simple yet it totally escaped me. LOL! I'll give that a shot!

            I use it for salad, risotto, duck rolls, with gnocci and other pasta dishes.

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              escondido123 Feb 7, 2011 10:21 AM

              Where do you live that duck confit is so available? And if you wouldn't mind, how much does it cost per leg? I am so jealous.

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                FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 11:19 AM

                I'm in the DFW area. I get a single leg for just under $10. Two of them will feed me and the DH for dinner, or I buy just a single for salads.

              2. re: FoodChic
                jen kalb Feb 7, 2011 12:16 PM

                most of the paula wolfert recipes call for steaming the confit and then frying to crisp the skin. that would probably work for you.

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                  FoodChic Feb 7, 2011 12:24 PM

                  Yeah, I'm having a real "duh" moment. I've always assumed the leg meat was more fragile than it may be in reality.

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