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Mar 27, 2014 10:14 AM

Cheap duck breasts?

Where can I get duck breasts? I found good ones at Revival Market, but I want something less expensive. A friend suggested Viet Hua, but they only had feet, gizzards, and hearts, aside from frozen whole ducks. Whole Foods sometimes carries frozen boxed ones, but I've no idea what's in those sealed boxes and there isn't even a price on the shelf. Thanks!

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  1. When I worked for Sysco we sold Maple Leaf Farms duck products. They are a Canadian company.
    Ducks are expensive in retail but not bad in wholesale. You might want to befriend a chef or restaurant owner where you are a customer and ask them to order a case for you and keep them in your freezer.

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    1. re: zackly

      Interesting idea, thanks.

      It seems like there ought to be a farm near Houston that raises and sells ducks, maybe at a local farmer's market?

      I know Revival has sold Yonder Way Farm poultry in the past, at 100-200% markup over Yonder Way's delivery price. With that in mind, I figure it ought to be possible to buy local duck for half the Revival Market price.

      1. re: Parzival

        You might also check out Asian food distributors in your area. You generally can walk in & even if they don't sell to the public you can usually make a deal.

      2. re: zackly

        I saw some Maple Leaf duck breasts at Specs on Westheimer just west of Fondren today. I saw your post and specifically checked them out. The frozen uncooked were 10 bucks for 7.5 ounces, a two person serving. They also had smoked half ducks, and a couple of other Maple Leaf duck products. The Smith Street location probably has more.

        1. re: James Cristinian

          Wow, that sounds high but I don't know prices anymore. These are not cheap but Marget duck breasts are huge and delicious. I can't speak about the confit legs but D'artagnan has a great reputation with NYC chefs. I may splurge on these myself.Free shipping offered


          1. re: James Cristinian

            $20/lb is what I paid for fresh, local pasture-raised duck breasts. No way I'd pay that for factory farmed, saline "enhanced", frozen parts. Maybe I didn't get such a bad deal.

            1. re: Parzival

              I don't eat duck, just passing along what I saw, trying to help.

              1. re: James Cristinian

                I do appreciate it. Sorry if I came off like a jerk.

                1. re: Parzival

                  No problema, this sleepy board needs all the contributions it can get. Please keep posting.

              2. re: Parzival

                Read the reviews of the Costco D'artagnan breast and confit leg offer. The breasts are about a pound each (serves two) plus you get legs. If you don't know D'artagnan check out their website.

                This an upscale duck product used by a who's who of chef's who are recognizable by their first names......Daniel, Eric, Charlie (RIP), Thomas, Marcus and Wylie just to name a few.I just ordered a package so I'll post my impressions.

                1. re: zackly

                  Sounds interesting, too bad the local warehouses don't carry them. A big part of that price is probably the shipping.

                  1. re: Parzival

                    I was swayed by the reviews on Costco plus I know D'artagnan well from my chef days.It's also a treat because I recently went on a low carb diet for health reasons (diabetes) and this is going to be a welcome diversion from all the chicken I've been eating.