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Dec 18, 2011 08:52 PM

What happened to duck

Two nice legs I purchased.Then I rendered them slowly with a little salt and pepper. And put them into a 375 degree oven for a liittle over a hour with some cut up potato with a little fresh rosemary. I covered the pan for the first half hour. Tasted great, moist with some nice potato. But the duck. It tastes like chicken to me.Not that it is bad. But has the fat and flavor been bred out of farm raised ducks? Sorta like the pork. This is not the first time. I think I'm gonna give up.

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  1. Maybe do a whole muscovy duck? I have been eating about 3 per month and loving them, including today.

    1. I've had duck cooked in different ways.....roasted, deep fried, grilled, confit and many different international styles. It doesn't matter if it is breast or leg meat. Most I find very bland, unless the duck is smoked or Cantonese Style Roasted.

        1. re: magiesmom

          Do you braise M. ducks? The ones I've had not braised are pretty tough.

        2. What breed? I buy Moulard magrets and legs, and only use P├ękin when I'm deboning and stuffing whole.

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          1. re: wattacetti

            It's a Pekin. Thats all I can find. I would like to find muscovy or moulard.

          2. The only time I had duck was at a restaurant in Columbia, Missouri. It was a duck breast that had been marinated in tea and then roasted. Utterly fantastic. I pine for it to this day.

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            1. re: Perilagu Khan

              PK, ducks are so easy to prepare, affordable, and tasty that you really should do one and surprise yourself. I was late to discover them but I'm playing a good game of catch-up.

              1. re: Veggo

                I would like to do this, although to be honest, I don't recall ever seeing duck in my local grocery stores. Then again, I haven't made an effort to seek them out. Are they typically found with the other poultry, or are you more likely to find them in a special section?

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  My Kroger store has a few frozen ducks and geese in a bin with mostly frozen turkeys.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    I shall see what I can see, Veggo.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      I found a reasonably priced duck at my grocery store this morning. Now it's just a matter of finding the perfect recipe and convincing my better half to give it a whirl. She's never expressed much interest at all in duck, I'm afraid.

                      1. re: Perilagu Khan

                        Google "5 hour duck" for a popular recipe. I used it at Thanksgiving, but I reduced the cooking time by an hour based on some comments I read. Pikawicca did one recently for the whole 5 hours and liked it. She had to go mail order for her duck, so I guess they are not in every grocery. Good luck.

                    2. re: Perilagu Khan

                      It's seasonal, in my local whole foods. The asian grocery stores carry frozen duck and rabbit all year round. The local artisanal foods service I subscribe to also carries game meats.