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Do I want a Goose for Yom Tov?

Duck is my special Succos treat with mixed results from year to year. This year, I decided not to try it because I have too many guests and the duck won't stretch (no pun intended). I saw a sign for goose this morning. Do I want it? If so, does it have more meat than duck and is it difficult to prepare? One last thing, is it gamier than duck?

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  1. Yes, it's better and meatier than duck. Not gamier. It's like a duck and a turkey had a delicious baby. I miss goose!

    1. Goose is my favorite poultry, but I ususally make it for Chanukah. It is fattier than duck. I always cut the skin in a diamond pattern and roast on a rack over a pan with a few inches of water in it. Do not cook root vegetables in the roasting pan with goose. They will be too greasy to eat.

      1. It's like a giant duck. No gamier than a domestic duck. I like it very much. But - like duck - the goose looks large but yields very little meat. The rendered fat is wonderful, but most of the poundage is bone, skin and fat. I would guess that the raw poundage to meat ration is about like duck.

        In its favor, goose has a wow factor. And it is delicious.

        1. I seem to be in the minority here. A few years ago the Spouse got it in his head that he had to have a goose for Hanukkah. I tried to talk him out of it, but no go. We really like duck and will cook it any chance we get, but the goose went over like a lead balloon. We found it to have all the disadvantages of duck with none of the advantages. Particularly frustrating since it was difficult for me to get in the first place.

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          1. re: rockycat

            Ok. I appreciate the input. The fat content is deterring me as that is what I find "icky" about the duck. In terms of the meat factor, I think I will try this for the last days of the Chag when I have fewer guests. Now, to see how much it costs. I will update in case anyone cares.

            1. re: cappucino

              I thought about goose last Hanukkah until I saw it was $135 at Gourmet Glatt .

              1. re: susiejane

                That would be a bit pricey for me, too. Luckilly, I can get a live goose from a local farm and have it schect here in CT. I not only roast goose for Chanukkah, but I love smoked goose breast (and the other parts too. So, I also will buy a couple in the spring have them schect, then clean and kasher, cut in 1/4s and into the smoker they go. If I am really ambitious, I use thighs to make goose pastrami (something I loved as a child and can't easilly buy).

                1. re: bagelman01

                  The Spouse has always wanted to make goose prosciutto, but we don't have your good fortune in having even one shochet in the state.

                  I should amend, though, we had truly amazing goose at a kitbbutz restaurant in the Golan. Clearly their chef knew how to handle it much better than I.

          2. where do you get your kosher ducks and geese?

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            1. re: chicago maven

              Price update: Rockland Kosher in Monsey:
              Frozen goose for 19.99 a pound, about 166 bucks per goose. Didn't buy it. I did see that prime kosher butcher baker in Manhattan has duck prosciutto. Don't know if you can order it to your town.

              1. re: cappucino

                I've historically seen goose for 7-9 dollars per pound. Either it's gone way up or Rockland Kosher is gouging.

                1. re: DeisCane

                  The concept of "gouging" is dubious at best, but with a luxury good it's impossible; if the price is too high it won't sell, and if it sells then by definition the price was not too high.

                  1. re: zsero

                    You're overthinking. I really just meant they were charging more than I'd seen.

            2. I don't know if this will make a difference for you, but Gourmet Glatt in the 5 towns has frozen duck on sale for $5.79/lb. At that price it just may pay to get a couple of ducks for what you would pay for the goose (which when I last saw it there was about $150). I will admit the frozen is not as good as fresh, the best I have had is a fresh one from Pomegranate. But that probably needs to be ordered in advance in addition to being $$$$.