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Duck fat - when should I use it?

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Well I am at day 23 and all is going well. Then I realised I have not even opened the jar of duck fat that I bought in my preparations. I have just used ghee, coconut oil and a bit of olive oil. Of course there is a bit a reluctance on my part as the idea of using duck fat is kinda gross, but that is my old school thinking. I need to get with the program on duck fat. Any suggestions?

In the frypan I fry my eggs, sausages, salmon, chicken pieces, lamb (for lamb rogan josh), prosciutto. I love to toss my carrots, parsnips and sweet potato in coconut oil and spices and roast in oven.

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Duck fat is fabulous. I love the flavor. It's stronger than chicken fat, but I think possibly using it for chicken would be a good introduction. I'd tell you to take a small taste, but it might put you off. It's delicious, but stronger than the other fats you are using. Think bacon fat/ghee, but poultry flavor. I am SO not doing a good job of explaining it.

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Sweet potatoes roasted in duck fat might be my favourite food. I melt the duck fat in the microwave, toss the sweet potato in the liquid and roast them. They are also great par boiled then pan fried in some duck fat.

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Looks like both of us are in Australia so probably not much help to you. I can get it from my local supermarket chain. Or save the duck fat after I've cooked duck.

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Oh my..at a regular supermarket? Unheard of here and only people who hunt have access to duck. Well, that's not true, I think some of the good butcher shops downtown and the farmer's markets may carry good duck worthy of the fat.

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Oh my goodness, duck fat is amazing. I love to roast chicken and veggies which I have smeared in the fat. It just gives a gorgeous crispness and lovely flavour.

I am surprised you can't get it in the US. I am also in Australia .

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Yes, and if you're in NYC, you've got a few options including a CSA or Farmers' Market. I saw it yesterday at Eataly - I haven't looked at Whole Foods yet.

Or, another option - buy duck breasts or a duck and save the fat from cooking.

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That's what I do, Homer. One duck produces so much fat, it'll last you _forever_

I got a goose last Christmas from my CSA and all that fat lasted me until June or July. (btw, you haven't had eggs until you've had them fried in goose fat)

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Okay, I live in armpit Southwest Missouri. A duck at my local meat shop is gonna run me $35 (about $5/lb, I think). Will I get enough fat to make it worth it?

We know we love the meat, but that's a whopper in my food budget.

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Robin, a whole duck should get you about three or four cups of duck fat. Another option to start with would be to cook duck breast, using a baster to draw down the fat or pouring out the fat as you go - that should get you enough to cook with for a little while and won't be as much of a hit to the food budget.

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Duck fat... to be used all day every day... I sometimes will bathe in it it's so good (not really, but can you imagine how great that'd be) :)

Picking up some duck breasts this weekend and going to cook my brussels sprouts in duck fact since I can't find whole30 approved bacon, even at my local wholefoods.

Also, what is the best way to store duck fat? As inconspicuously as possible too, because if my wife finds out I'm hoarding fat and then cooking with it, she may cry (True story).

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I'll have to try this Duck Fat. I think I have seen it at my local vege store. I actually had a duck and orange sausage for dinner tonight, it was pretty scrummy!

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