Jarred duck fat. Yea or Nay?
I was in Fresh Market yesterday and they had jarred duck fat for sale, just under $15 for an 11 oz jar. ouch!
Amazon had something similar:
I certainly don't make duck often enough to have lots of excess duck fat to store but when I do? Fabulous for french fries, home fries etc.
Has anyone tried it? Is this a handy solution to not having to roast a duck when one craves duck fat? Or just another marketers dream to grab onto the duck fat trend?
I've used the Rougie brand and like it very much. I don't cook domestic duck at home and the only time I really use duck fat is on the (rare) occasion that I make a confit. Buying 11oz at a time is definitely more convenient than buying a few ducks to render.
I have never actually bought it in a jar, but rather in plastic containers in the refrigerator section--d'Artagnan and a couple of other brands. I've never had any that wasn't good. It keeps forever in the freezer, btw (not that it ever lasts long in my house). I love the stuff. If the jarred version doesn't have any weird additives, I would buy it.
The price is steep, for something I almost always take for granted to have in the freezer. I often use it for cooking in rotation with my stash of goose fat and lard, all rendered.
I suppose if I ran out but have a craving for duck fat (which is a must for pan-roasted potatoes and fries), I might consider the plastic tubs at the freezer of my grocer.
Looking at the product info, I am curious about how they make the product "shelf stable".