Eating muscovy ducks?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by cutechick2010, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was just wondering if anyone has experience they would like to share about raising and eating muscovies? I have read in one place that they are great, very lean meat similar to veal and not greasy like the Pekins. But a friend of mine told me that the ones she has done were very dry and didn't taste all that thrilling. Does anyone have any experience here to share?
     
  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Best meat I have EVER tasted. Very good! Ours never turn out dry.
     
  3. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! How do you cook them, and do you skin or pluck them?
     
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    Baymule Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I am looking forward to getting a couple of drakes now, LOL.
     
  7. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Muscovy are delicious. If they were dry, they were probably overcooked. I processed my first drake at about 5 months old and the others about 2 months later. None were dry or tasteless. I plucked my first, by hand, what a nightmare. I skinned the others, very quick, you lose the fat but my hubby has cholesterol problems so no biggie.

    I cooked the breast like I would a thick filet. Season with salt and pepper, sear on both sides then into the oven to finish. I think (its been a while) I did 400 degrees for maybe 20 minutes. You don't want a well done breast and I usually ended up somewhere between med-rare and medium. The breast meat was huge, never weighed but probably 1-1.5 lbs per breast.

    I'm waiting for my birds to reproduce so I can put some in the freezer! I do have a hen that decided to start setting at the beginning of the month so December ducklings for me. [​IMG]
     
  8. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, that is interesting, I thought you were supposed to slow cook them to avoid them being tough/chewy? I am kicking myself now, there were several at the auction when I went on Monday, but the prices were going so high I didn't even bother raising my hand! The reason was that the dang meat guy was there bidding on everything... Not only did that irritate me because he drove all the prices up, but that guy is incredibly abusive to any animal he touches. I wind up with a headache from grinding my teeth every time I have to see it. [​IMG]
     
  9. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    How much were they going for?
     
  10. cutechick2010

    cutechick2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    They were going between $10-$15 per bird. I know that doesn't sound like that much, but if you have to buy several at once it adds up quick.
     

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