cooking a whole duck

Was in sainsburys today and got 2 whole ducks reduced to £1.50 each. Thought it was a bargain but now that i'm home i don't have a clue what to do with them!
Does anyone have any ideas?


  • QueenieQueenie Forumite
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    Roast them!!! (Put them on a rack in the roasting tin because duck is *very* fatty!)

    Or, put them in the freezer for a while until you find the *right* suggestion/idea/recipe.

    That is an amazing bargain! Well done!!! :T
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  • TicklemouseTicklemouse Forumite
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    I picked up a cheap duck one day and froze it. Eventually put it in the slow cooker with some water and cooked it all day. Absolutely lovely - quite mild so DS1 ate it (I told him it was beef as he said he could never eat duck:)) Also, used gravy separator jug to take fat off stock so made lovely gravy - in fact I think I have a bag of duck stock still in the freezer.

    You could try stuffing an orange up it's bum :) Can't remember if I did that or not. Hmmm, thinking back, I have a feeling I was out of oranges so used some clemantines. Was still yummy :)
  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    Any time I roast a duck I save the fat from it in a tupperware container in the fridge and use it for making roast potatoes. It's probably not a very healthy option, but the duck fat really does make delicious roast potatoes.

  • chardonnay_2chardonnay_2 Forumite
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    have it with chinese style pancakes (very thin) and hoisin sauce with sliced spring onion and cucumber yum.
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  • wendyf_3wendyf_3 Forumite
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    Thanks for all your ideas. OH roasted one duck last night and we had it like crispy duck from the chinese. It was delicious!
    The other one is in the freezer for later.
    Thanks again
  • Jay-Jay_4Jay-Jay_4 Forumite
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    Ooohhhhhh, I love duck :j

    To roast, I dry the skin, !!!!!! it all over (stab stab stab with a v sharp knife, especially where the leg joins the body) and roast in a hot oven.

    I then portion the duck to that there are 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs and I chop the breasts in half. I pile all the meat into a serving dish and pour over a mixture of cherry jam (Lidl's) and red wine which I've reduced down in a pan.

    In the same serving dish (but at the other end) I put baby new potatoes which I cut in half and mix with melted butter and fresh mint sauce. The cherry sauce, meat, spuds and mint all mix together and it's YUM!!!!!
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  • QueenieQueenie Forumite
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    Jay-Jay wrote:
    ... stab stab stab with a v sharp knife, especially where the leg joins the body ...

    ... I chop the breasts in half. I ... pour... red wine .... .

    I put baby ... which I cut in half ... and mix with melted butter and fresh mint sauce. ..... it's YUM!!!!!
    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :naughty:

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  • Jay-Jay_4Jay-Jay_4 Forumite
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    Are yoo implyin that I'm violent? are ya? ARE YA? :mad:

    Just run, run and keep on running!

  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    Ok I got carried away and got a turkey AND a duck in Lidl, well it was such a good price.
    How should I do the duck, knowing that I wont be able to recreate the chinese crispy duck style whats the best way to do the duck so its not too greasy?
    I already have jars ready to save the fat;)
    What kind of sauce do you like with it? I have already got fresh cranberries cos I prefer to make a proper sauce rather then put cranberry flavoured jam on my turkey, but I expect my guests will expect a different sauce for the duck.
    My lads will eat the skin off anything, so will that go crispy?
    Do the bones make a good stock?
    I'm thinking 'rubber duck' here as in 'rubber chicken'!
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  • wigginsmumwigginsmum Forumite
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    If you rub the duck with salt, it'll go crispy. If you're going to roast it, make sure you put a wire tray in the roasting tray - it'll literally swim with grease!

    Gooseberry goes well with duck. Or the traditional orange.

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