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Mar 14, 2012 12:59 PM

Buying rendered duck fat?

Need to buy some rendered duck fat. I know Dewar's has it but it its way overpriced. Any thoughts?

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  1. I'm sure Savenor's has it but I doubt the price would be much lower than Dewar's.

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    1. re: 9lives

      I've bought it from Savenor's before --- really excellent.

      1. re: 9lives

        I've gotten it from Savenor's and if I remember correctly it was something like $5 a pint (or maybe $5 a pound?), not too bad. They also have goose fat but it's twice the price.

      2. I bought in online as advised by the Home Cooking Board. Ended up with Amazon using free 2nd day shipping.

        1. Sherman Market, union square, usually has it, but I don't know the price.

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          1. re: Madrid

            Thanks Madrid! Sherman's is the winner! Bought it today $7.75 for a pint! About 1/3 the price of Dewar's.

            Thanks to all for the others for suggestions, I will not patronize Savenors as they are outrageously overpriced and tried to scam me once on a custom meat order. I ordered fresh Emu. They got me Ostridge, lied to me and tried to tell me it was Emu, and then were complete jerks about it, expecting me to pay for their mistake, and then hounding on the phone about it.

            Never Again!

            1. re: aregularjoe

              cambridge or charles st store? curious though it sure says a lot about the entire enterprise....I"m glad sherman's worked out for you. They are trying to do good things and the stuff they sell is high quality so expensive. I hope they succeed...

                1. re: aregularjoe

                  I shop there pretty regularly and have had only positive experiences. The 1 time I had a problem was I bought a chicken that was spoiled. I returned it and they gave me 2 good chickens; as a way to "make it right." They are pricey but I find they offer value in cuts like hanger or skirt steaks.

                  Sorry you had a bad experience.

                  1. re: 9lives

                    This was 7-8 years ago. I won't go back. When we went in it was clearly not what we ordered. The counter man agreed. They actually called us a few times on the phone demanding that we pay for it. I am so glad we did not leave a deposit or pay in advance.

                    That kind of treatment is a deal breaker for me.

                    1. re: aregularjoe

                      Don't get me wrong. I don't blame you; just have a different experience.

                      I'm anxious for DeLucas on Charles to reopen, so I can boycott them..:) 10 years ago, I sent Ms. 9 in her pre CH days to pick up a rack of lamb. It was about 80% fat. I went back and complained..said it must have been 1 of the new butchers. Turned out it was Virgil, 1 of the bros that own the place and told me that's how I trim them. I told him I don't shop at stores like that and didn't; except for the wine dept where a CH that I was friends with worked. I know his real name but not his CH handle,...not 1 cent after being a pretty good regular.

                      Ms 9 now knows her meat ...:) a favorite at Sulmona..:)

          2. Concord Prime and Fish carries it.

            1. If you can find a gourmet store that sells fancy cheeses and roast ducks, make a friend there. My Irish Pixie cheesemonger in Dallas asks me every week if I need more duck fat, and I usually tell her not yet. She gives me the fat and the livers for free. I share my pate with her.