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duck legs ?

Any suggestions on where they can be had locally? Maybe even fresh vs frozen? Boston/Cambridge area .. north or west?
I have a recipe for a duck leg braise that's calling my name.
Thanks in advance.

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  1. Savenors

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    1. re: jgg13

      Cambridge location I would imagine. Thank you.

      1. re: sciaccagirl

        The Charles Street Savenors usually has duck breasts and legs from several breeds (I remember Pekin and Muscovy but there might be others), this is interesting as they vary greatly in size and shape.

        @cuevamanos

    2. Mayflower Poultry Cambridge - call first - very nice and helpful with good prices

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      1. re: rlh

        Terrific. Thank you. I will call first.

        1. re: rlh

          yes to Mayflower, my go to for most things poultry (geese, and rabbit as well). Excellent eggs, lovely folks, get bones for the dog here too and they cut the marrow bones long way, in half, so I can roast them for myself too.

        2. Whole Foods often has duck breast and legs.

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          1. re: Bellachefa

            I'm curious which one you've seen them at. I've looked for fresh and not seen them. Thanks.

            1. re: sciaccagirl

              I saw them Christmas eve day at the Whole Foods in Arlington - both breasts and whole legs.

          2. I bought some at Roche Brothers here on the Cape on Saturday. They are cryovac'd. I think the price was around $3.99/lb.

            1. ming's in chinatown.

              1. Savenor's has the best fresh legs I've found, but I do sometimes get them frozen (and much cheaper) at the Super 88 at Packard's Corner.

                1. BJs has whole ducks cheapish (~10-12$ iirc) if you're willing to break them down yourself. They tend to run pretty small, definitely previously frozen but serviceable.

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                  1. re: cods

                    along similar lines, Costco in Waltham has halal frozen ducks (4.5-5 pounds each, give or take) at $2.99/lb. That's pretty much the going price for ducks at Market Basket, but without the nasty packet of orange sauce.

                    1. re: PinchOfSalt

                      looked briefly at ducks at mb the other day. looks like they are "injected" with saline, etc. so i passed. are they always like that?

                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        The times I have looked at them I have not purchased the ducks on account of the sauce packets. I'm not sure why the processor might inject ducks with salt solution - there's little risk of them being dry after roasting - but the sauce packet on its own had me saying no, so I stopped at that point and did not check for other stuff being added. Why pay for it when I can get a perfectly good duck at Costco?

                        1. re: PinchOfSalt

                          the sauce packet can be thrown away, but the "solution" made me wary. so then today i was at ming's and they had whole ducks, including the head, for short money, $2.99 pp, i think, but i have no idea what kind of duck?

                          which costco has duck? have never noticed it at the nashua location if it's there.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            pinch said waltham, above.

                            1. re: opinionatedchef

                              thanks, the quote box was collapsed so i didn't notice that today.

                              btw, ming's this afternoon had fresh squid, VERY BIG. thought of you.

                            2. re: hotoynoodle

                              There is a small area in the frozen foods department where there are some kosher products. That's where the duck is in my Costco. Halal is similar to kosher. Beats me whether they stock the duck for observant Jews who accept Halal when kosher is not available, or if this Costco is also trying to serve the smaller (but definitely there) Moslem population in Waltham and nearby communities.

                              1. re: PinchOfSalt

                                ah. ok. definitely no kosher section in nashua. :} will try to remember next time i am around waltham.

                    2. I've seen them at Stop and Shop often.
                      I'm sure you can call any stores meat department and they would order it for you.

                      1. Wilson Farms in Lexington usually has duck legs, cryovac'd 3 to a package. Would love it if you would post the recipe for the duck leg braise over on Home Cooking.

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                        1. re: GretchenS

                          Google Mario Batali's pappardelle with duck ragu. The ragu is made from braising duck legs. It's really delicious.

                          1. re: GretchenS

                            Here's the link : http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9294...

                            1. re: GretchenS

                              Wilson had them yesterday. I can't remember the source, though.