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Where to get duck liver ? [moved from Home Cooking]

honkman Sep 24, 2011 04:33 PM

I am trying to get some fresh duck liver (not foie gras) for a recipe. I can't find any source locally (San Diego) and tried to find a online source but do far only found those for foie gras. Does anybody know where to order fresh duck liver ?

  1. Melanie Wong Sep 28, 2011 07:35 PM

    Reichardt duck farm in Petaluma

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      honkman Sep 28, 2011 07:49 PM

      Thanks, that looks promising

      1. re: honkman
        Melanie Wong Sep 28, 2011 10:21 PM

        Reichardt supplies the vast majority of Pekin duck roasters used by Chinese butchers, markets and restaurants in the San Francisco and Oakland Chinatown neighborhoods. If you were up here, I'd suggest asking one of them to order for you for pick-up at a convenient store.

        Another option is their son's place, Liberty Ducks, which is used by many of the SF Bay Area's leading chefs.

        Salmon Creek in Bodega raises muscovy ducks (the breasts are fab!). The website says that livers may be ordered separately.

    2. lunchbox Sep 26, 2011 02:34 AM

      Maple Leaf Farms Duck in Indiana sell duck livers (as well as tongues and fabricated cuts, of course) to several gourmet wholesalers & retailers. You need a log-in to order the bulk food service products, but the company is great; I'm sure you can speak with a CS rep and get access to the good stuff!

      I'm sure you could try Culvers as well!

      BTW- Culvers sells ducks to Sun Wah Hong Kong BBQ here in Chicago- I have been known to polish off a whole duck by myself at that place!

      1. Veggo Sep 24, 2011 05:48 PM

        Any gourmet stores around that sell roast ducks? My cheese shop (Dallas, sorry) does, and Theresa gives me unlimited free duck fat and livers.

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        1. re: Veggo
          honkman Sep 24, 2011 07:05 PM

          Not really gourmet shops but I tried a few of our asian supermarkets and they seem to sell every piece of duck with the exception of the liver.

        2. Karl S Sep 24, 2011 04:37 PM

          Just to clarify: Is the issue that you don't want a lobe of liver from a fattened duck? Because foie gras is merely that. Pate de foie gras is the pate made with it, though it seems a lot of people confuse the one for the other, and they are quite different.

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          1. re: Karl S
            honkman Sep 24, 2011 04:52 PM

            I don't want to have foie gras (fattened duck liver) which I can get easily but just "regular" unfattened duck liver.

            1. re: honkman
              Karl S Sep 24, 2011 05:40 PM

              Good to clarify, cuz otherwise you're liable to get misdirected.

              Normally, the only way to get regular duck livers seems to be as giblets with freshly killed duck from a duck farm. If you're lucky!

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