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Postby anb » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:28 am

Y'all probably know this, but wanted to post just incase. Lots of people say they don't like duck - too gamey tasting, greasy, etc. It just needs to be cooked right. Duck is supposed to be cooked rarer than poultry you buy at the grocery. Cook to an internal temp of about 135 F, not 170 F like other birds. The meat will be dark red, not brown. Brown is over-cooked and will taste really strong. Red - looks and tastes like prime rib! :) MMMMMMMMMMM!
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Re: Duck

Postby wems2371 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:32 pm

Thanks for the tip. I have 3 mallards in the freezer right now, and I would have overcooked them for sure, since I have never cooked duck before. Do you have a favorite recipe and do you do anything to prep the meat? Seems like I read somewhere about some folks soaking gamey type meats in milk overnight...can't remember what meats that pertained to though.
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Re: Duck

Postby ACooper » Wed Dec 08, 2010 5:07 pm

I have several canvas backs in the freezer now, can you suggest any specific recipes for them?
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Re: Duck

Postby Coveyrise64 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:37 am

ACooper wrote:I have several canvas backs in the freezer now, can you suggest any specific recipes for them?


Fajitas...... :mrgreen: Filet the meat from the breast, cut into strips and marinate in Italian Dressing overnight. Skillet with a little cooking oil and brown the meat. Add red, green peppers, and onions. Sautee until the veggies are done, a few dozen flour tortillas and then hurt your self.

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Re: Duck

Postby birddog1968 » Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:54 am

you might marinate the canvasback , mallards won't need it.

I like to use a rub on ducks and pan sear them. Whole ducks are really good in a turkey fryer.
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Re: Duck

Postby EnglishBob » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:07 am

Curried duck is fantastic. Actually better than chicken, almost like lamb curry to me. The extra firmness and flavor are really beneficial when using duck in a curry.

Most Americans I know probably aren't too thrilled by the taste of a curry, but growing up in the UK it's a flavor of home to me :D

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Re: Duck

Postby anb » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:39 pm

I usually just roast them in the oven like a chicken or turkey. Salt the skin before you put it in the oven. We stuffed three mallards for Thanksgiving, they were delicious!
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Re: Duck

Postby ezzy333 » Sat Dec 11, 2010 6:02 pm

I've never cared much for duck but the one time it was really good it was cooked in an over bag with a cup or two of orange juice in the bag. Maybe it was just cooked better too I don't know but it was good.

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Re: Duck

Postby 44magnum » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:13 pm

Do the same rules apply for cooking goose?
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Re: Duck

Postby ACooper » Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:37 pm

So I gave the duck a shot.

Breasted four ducks. Soaked over night in salt water, marinated about an hour in soy marinade wrapped each piece of breast in a piece of bacon and grilled to medium. It was FANTASTIC! Even my girlfriend who isn't that fond of wild game liked it. It was very similar in texture to steak.
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Re: Duck

Postby snips » Mon Dec 20, 2010 6:21 pm

My Mom could cook duck better than anyone I know...I remember they were best when you stuck the knife in and it squirted!
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Re: Duck

Postby ultracarry » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:30 pm

Ok so now that I have read this I will attempt to cook some of the ducks in my freezer. I usually give them to my brother in-law and he makes jerky.

So I have 6 cinnamon teal in the fridge. I'll let him make the redheads into jerky.
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Re: Duck

Postby birddog1968 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:42 pm

ultracarry wrote:Ok so now that I have read this I will attempt to cook some of the ducks in my freezer. I usually give them to my brother in-law and he makes jerky.

So I have 6 cinnamon teal in the fridge. I'll let him make the redheads into jerky.


Teal...YUM !

I have been using a bourbon rub from cabelas lately and pan searing duck breasts in EVOO. The seasoning is Mountain Man Bourbon rub.
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Re: Duck

Postby Nathan&aspen » Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:06 pm

Soaking in milk makes a world of difference
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Re: Duck

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Re: Duck

Postby Double Shot Banks » Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:28 pm

i like the "gamey" taste, when its cooked brown or dark red i love it all
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Re: Duck

Postby HUNT 24/7 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:15 pm

I like my ducks & goose cooked in the slow cooker pulled pork style, use a pulled pork marinade to cook in, leave it for the day. Sometimes I will take the meat out & pull it apart & put it back in for an hour or so. Very good!
Bacon wrapped duck or goose, cube breasted duck or goose meat, lay out a half piece of bacon, put duck/goose cube on bacon, add a piece of banana pepper & a piece of cream cheese. Roll it all up in the bacon, stick a tooth pick through it to hold it together, after baking I like to dip mine in Dianas BBQ sauce.
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Postby quackwhacker » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:13 am

I have eaten a lot of duck and goose using many different recipes. I have one recipe that is loved by everyone that tries it. Sweet and sour duck with peppers and onions over rice.

Cut the breasts into one inch chunks. Soak in milk with a few dashes of Tabasco. Over night is good but a couple hours will work. Strain the liquid and pat dry. Make a simple batter and deep fry. Toss them in your favorite sweet and sour or other sauce. Chunk the veges and cook them up. Serve over rice. Absolutely the best.
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Re: Duck

Postby quackwhacker » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:16 am

Sweet and sour duck!
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Re: Duck

Postby magspa » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:54 pm

When soaking in milk, I heard that only buttermilk will tenderize the meat because it is more acidic..Do you use regular or buttermilk?
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Re: Duck

Postby tasi devil » Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:18 am

use yoghurt or buttermilk as a pre-marinade, not milk
I don't bother doing that with duck, but do occasionally with goose, hare, roo & venison.
I don't mind the gameiness, but my wifes not a fan of the stronger flavour.

cut breasts into schnitzels, pound them between some Gladwrap,
into a ziplock bag with Italian dressing, garlic, onion, an egg, some grated parmesan cheese,
coat with panko & fry in butter
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Re: Duck

Postby duckn66 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:09 am

Coveyrise64 wrote:
ACooper wrote:I have several canvas backs in the freezer now, can you suggest any specific recipes for them?


Fajitas...... :mrgreen: Filet the meat from the breast, cut into strips and marinate in Italian Dressing overnight. Skillet with a little cooking oil and brown the meat. Add red, green peppers, and onions. Sautee until the veggies are done, a few dozen flour tortillas and then hurt your self.

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I will second this! Only thing I do differently is grill them. Having that a grilled quail tomorrow. Can't wait!

If you cook duck to long it becomes tough, and strong tasting. Cooked medium it's delicious!
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Re: Duck

Postby magspa » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:19 pm

Just made some teal breast. aged in fridge since Sunday, soaked in milk a day, rinsed and patted dry, coated with olive oil and seasoned with salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne, 400°X 10mins. It was really good, ill be targeting them more. Are other ducks this good?
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Re: Duck

Postby Bounty_Hunter » Sat Feb 01, 2014 1:42 pm

I think ageing game birds for several days if possible is the way to go, ducks included and I like to eat them after aging because they just don't taste the same after they have been in the freezer even for short periods. Since there are so many different duck breeds what do You duck hunters put at the top of the list as far as taste goes?
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Re: Duck

Postby Mattaponikennels » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:22 am

I brine my ducks in a water/salt/vinegar mix over night. Divers I'll soak in buttermilk for another 12 hours because they tend to have a stronger gamey taste. Then I'll put various dry rubs on them and let them season for another couple days and grill medium rare or smoke them. I eat 150-200 ducks a year and never have a problem with them tasting overly gamey.
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Re: Duck

Postby SHaRPS » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:30 am

For anyone that debones their duck - I enjoy roasting the bones in the oven then tossing in a pot full of water, carrots, celery, onion, salt, pepper, parsley, and lovage. If you want a little heat add a few red pepper flakes towards the end. Makes a great dark soup which my family absolutely loves over noodles or potatoes.
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Re: Duck

Postby greg jacobs » Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:32 pm

Thought we had a revival going with a bunch of the long lost members posting. Alas it's not to be.

We've cooked some terrible duck. If I could find a good recipe I could starting harvesting some ducks again!
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Re: Duck

Postby Warrior372 » Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:46 pm

I would strongly recommend Duck, Duck, Goose by Hank Shaw. It is a stash house of waterfowl recipes. I love cooking and also look Duck - this is hands down the best waterfowl cookbook I have found!
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