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Old 04-19-2012, 08:54 AM   #1
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Duck Fat

For a long time now, I've been hearing celebrity chefs tout the splendors of duck fat. Well, to be honest, I just don't cook much duck and in the past have always considered the fat to be a nasty byproduct. It was black sludge you tossed out because there was several quarts of it left in the pan after cooking the duck - enough to keep a small car lubricated.

Last weekend, I cooked duck breasts for 8 guests and made a conscious effort not to overheat the fat and continually strain it off as it was rendering. Then I clarified it and put it in the fridge for safekeeping. The next day I made oven roasted potatoes with some of the fat.

Oh my goodness. This stuff is delicious. The cooking qualities remind me very much of lard, which I also use regularly, but more flavorful and rich.

I've been cooking everything in it this week, from eggs to potatoes to oven roasted cauliflower. Yum.

I know there was a thread on this last year. But I am just wondering how many current members use it... and what other creative things do you make with it? I still have around two full cups left in the fridge.

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Old 04-19-2012, 09:24 AM   #2
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Can be used to make a tasty fried rice.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
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I like duck fat and goose fat. We can also buy it in tins and jars here.

Must admit I only use it for roast potatoes as it does give such a good crispy result.

I used semolina once for crunchy roast potatoes (a Nigella Lawson recommendation). My husband broke his tooth on them.

Duck fat is far safer.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #4
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It's very nice to enrich lots of foods. And somewhat pricey, so capturing it for free was a good deal. for those who want to try it, you can get 1.5 ounce sealed units.

More Than Gourmet Graisse De Canard Gold® Rendered Duck Fat, 1.5-Ounce Units (Pack of 6): Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food

Or a seven pound pail for about $100.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:55 AM   #5
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I only wish I could get some.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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Charlie - can you not get goose or duck where you are?
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:02 PM   #7
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Steve,

If you do a little googling you will find many recipes that use duck fat for baking. Things like cookies and pie crust. I have never used it because I never cook duck but I do use chicken fat and bacon fat for those types of things.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:38 PM   #8
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Steve...

Save it... Then...

CONFIT!

I think it might be the most perfect ever... (Or at least the most perfect that doesn't include cheese).
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IF I was allowed...I'd be using it for all kinds of things. Why didn't I know about duck fat BEFORE I couldn't have it!
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:56 PM   #10
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Steve,

If you do a little googling you will find many recipes that use duck fat for baking. Things like cookies and pie crust. I have never used it because I never cook duck but I do use chicken fat and bacon fat for those types of things.
Mmmm.... pies...

Maybe Cornish pasties this weekend.
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