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Old 12-04-2008, 05:08 PM   #11
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You can take it out sunday, and just defrost in the running water. It would not take more than an hour or so, ok, maybe two.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:18 PM   #12
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Duck thawing - therein lies the problem. Normally, when I buy a frozen duck, I leave it out overnight. By morning, it's still icy cold, & I then stick it in the fridge. It then takes a good 1-2 days minimum to defrost completely. Again - I keep my fridge cold - in the 30's. So technically, if I freeze this duck tonight, I'll have to take it out of the freezer no later than Saturday morning.

I don't do the running water thing CharlieD. Big waste of water during a time when water is a precious commodity around here.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:52 PM   #13
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So, don't use running water, just leave it in a big bowl with water, or even simply in the sink with water.
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Old 12-04-2008, 06:12 PM   #14
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Or leave it in water in the fridge. It will still defrost much quicker than just leaving it in the fridge sans water.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:08 AM   #15
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Update: Maverick that I am, & since my fridge temp is around 33 degrees, I didn't freeze the duck. I placed it all the way in the back on the lowest shelf, where items frequently do freeze - lol! My twisted logic was 1) sticking it in the freezer only to have to take it out a day later didn't seem to make much sense, & 2) at $7.00, if it didn't look &/or smell fresh as a daisy, I'd just toss it.

So - took it out & unwrapped it for roasting yesterday evening - AND - it was perfectly fine!! Gave it several good sniffs, & it frankly smelled like it had just been taken from a fresh meat case - better, in fact, than some chickens I've bought & used the same day! Roasted it in my rotisserie & served it with an orange sauce (canned Mandarin oranges, orange juice, honey, & Grand Marnier), buttered whole-wheat egg noodles, & buttered broccoli florets. Absolutely delicious & with enough duck leftover for a 2nd dinner. So - two meals per person for two people for $7.00. Whatta deal!

But anyway - thanks for all the advice. I'll keep it all in mind next time I come across a great fresh poultry deal!!
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