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Salvaging a duck

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chiknlady, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. chiknlady

    chiknlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA
    Well--it appears overnight that a raccoon ripped the head and crop off one of my breeder Muscovys. Nothing else was damaged and it was a fresh kill when I found her this morning just after dawn. I decided to skin and dress the rest.

    The meat was so dark I was tempted to saute just a taste...salt, pepper a hint of garlic powder-

    OMG--That was some of the finest meat I have EVER experienced. It was more on the order of steak or venison rather than duck.

    I have saved the breasts and legs for later and have to find a good recipe. Now I guess I am eyeing up my extra drake...hmh...

  2. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    That's too bad the raccoon got your duck. How old was it? I have been lucky so far with mine. They've been locked up in the pen all winter. So they have only been free ranging a couple of times so far.

    I got 4 ducks last fall and 3 are drakes. People always ask me if we eat them but we don't so far. How did you cook it, in butter? I don't think I've ever had duck before.
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    I keep hearing how great muscovy meat is. With my luck, I would get some and fall in love and be unable to do the deed [​IMG]

    I am so glad you were able to salvage the meat. At least that way its life wasn't wasted.
  4. sandspoultry

    sandspoultry Everybody loves a Turkey

    Feb 10, 2008
    Eastern NC
    Quote:We skin ours, make duck sausage from the leg 1/4 and you can cook the breasts all kinds of ways, on the grill, saute, bake- slice them thin for a really good stir fry. stop stop I'm getting hungry!!!!!!

    Steve in NC
  5. chiknlady

    chiknlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2008
    SE PA

    Marissa was a really sweet hen--I just did not see that she was out last night. I did not want to waste her life and I have reconcilled doing the deed --but she was my first duck of my flock I've eaten. I did just saute the meat in butter and cooked it medium rare. Usually I would roast the whole duck in an oven--but I this was an unexpected occassion. I have heard that it was so hard to pluck them--I just skinned the carcass. It was such a waste--I hate varmints.

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