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Old 12-04-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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Question Freezing "Fresh" Duck

Okay - please comment on what I'm probably going to end up doing regardless of what you say - lol!!!

Yesterday I had the good luck to find, in our local Safeway supermarket, "fresh" ducks at HALF PRICE, because yesterday was the last "sell by" date.

Now I do know that "fresh" poultry can still be called that even if it's been chilled to the point of pretty much being frozen, but these ducks did look "fresh". A Canadian company that normally doesn't supply here; wrapper prominently marked "FRESH"; transparent wrapper that is also somewhat thinner than the wrappers frozen ducks come in - just "looks" fresh, if my opinion means anything.

Anyway, I am BUSHED today, & the day for me ain't even remotely over yet. I have horses to feed/hay/water (before "Mr. Hose" freezes up), dogs to feed/walk, turkey stock simmering on the stove to tend to & put away, etc., etc., etc. & my initial intentions to roast this duck tonight are ebbing tremendously by the minute. Plus, we'll be eating out both tomorrow & Saturday.

I'd love to do this lovely just under 6# bird justice (that it wouldn't get tonight), so was wondering if I could put it in the freezer, even if I'm not absolutely positively certain it hasn't been frozen before (although I think not). What's the worst that could happen?

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Old 12-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #2
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I see no reason you could not put it in the freezer.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:59 PM   #3
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I would put it in the freezer - I do not see any problem with that at all.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:17 PM   #4
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Did the store advertise them as "previously frozen"? I think they do that around here. If they didn't have a sign saying they were previously frozen, I would assume as you have, that they were indeed fresh and that your freezing will be their first.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:39 PM   #5
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It's settled ---- Fweeze da duck!!! --- No problem!!
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:43 PM   #6
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No - no "previously frozen" sign. That was the first thing I looked for.

The only other "monkey wrench" is that I probably would want to roast it this coming Sunday, which means I'd be sticking it into the freezer now (Thursday night) & then pulling it out early Saturday morning to hopefully defrost by Sunday eve. No big deal. Just seems weird considering the short space of time. But on the other hand I'm not sure it's safe to hold a "sell by 12/03" fresh duck until roasting date 12/07. Would this be okay/better/doable?

Now I'm starting to think I should just hold it in my 30-something-degree fridge. OH THE HUMANITY - Lol!!! I normally wouldn't care so much if it wasn't such a plump gorgeous thing, unlike the frozen ducks we usually get around here.
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Old 12-04-2008, 04:45 PM   #7
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Holding it wouldn't be doable to me, but then, I have had too much bad luck with poultry and the sell by date.
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If it were me, I would freeze it, but you know how I am with poultry safety and taking chances with it
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If it were me, I would freeze it, but you know how I am with poultry safety and taking chances with it
Hey, I don't think we've had a "duck thawing" thread before....

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