Duck Soup

I was introduced to duck about 20 years ago maybe longer (time flies).  I had a friend that liked to go hunting and I was invited to dinner after one of his duck hunting trips. Our friend served duck, it was beautiful on the platter, and the first bite was great after that I had to hide my gag reflex with my napkin. Every bite was filled with buckshot it took the pleasure out of eating believe me.  Since then if anybody mentioned duck I got choked up.

Several years ago I finally bought a duck during the holidays and cooked it for a surprise for my husband on our anniversary. It turned out beautiful and tasted marvelous, well as you can guess I bought several others and have cooked them for special occasions. Needless to say, the ducks are not very big and if you have more than two people you need to cook more.

What has started me on this journey of the duck is, our son, grandson and a friend went hunting and ended up with 18 ducks between the three of them.  When my husband was talking to them, he asked if they made soup with the bones and was surprised to hear that, no they only kept the breast part of the duck, because the rest of the duck had hardy any meat on it.

Well am not sure about wild ducks, but the duck I bought was enjoyed by all and then the remains were made into broth and duck soup. It was so favorable that I enjoy duck soup over turkey soup.

It is made by taking all the bones and skin and putting them all in a big pot. I add an onion and let it boil until all the bits and pieces fall off the bones. I then strain the mixture out through a strainer and pick the bones out leaving the meat for the soup. Before cooking the soup further I let it cool and put it in the refrigerator to set the grease that will form. Duck is very greasy. Remove the grease and discard, in an emergency situation you may want to save the grease and use it for greasing wheels or bolts or something, just a far fetched idea you never know. LOL.

Any ways put all your ingredients in a pot and add vegetables of your choice and seasonings. You won’t need much; I found that duck is very flavorful if cooked right. I hope you all will enjoy duck season and try this recipe

As always, we enjoy hearing from you and you comments or suggestions.

Preparedness Mom


5 thoughts on “Duck Soup”

  1. Some ducks taste better than others, based on their diets. Around the Chesapeake Bay the preferred ducks for roasting are canvasbacks, teal, mallards, black duck and pintails, which are generally roasted whole. Smaller species such as woodies are better breasted out. Sea ducks live mostly on snails etc. and while many people do not like to eat them, watermen find them best in soup with alot of seafood seasoning such as Old Bay and a little crab meat if you have it. We do use the carcasses for broth, most often in our traditional Maryland blue crab soup as the “secret” ingredient when you don’t have enough crab meat.

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  2. Howdy,
    I hunted ducks for over 40 years, usually twice a week when I lived in California. I was brought up on wild game. I don’t ever recall having duck soup.
    The receipt sounds great. If I ever have the chance, I will try it.
    Because of the snow and freezing temps out here, It’s difficult for me to get out and enjoy the sport like I did when I was younger..
    Keep up the good work on the website…

  3. Matt in Oklahoma

    Not coming from a duck hunting family I made the mistake as a young man thinking duck was duck and proudly taking one to my then girlfriend now wife of over 25 where she worked hard making us a fine orange marmalade duck and dinner. We both took one bite, looked at each other, I swallowed and she spit and we both laughed and went and got burgers. I was still impressed with her and learned all duck aint equal

  4. I raise Muscovy ducks as a meat and egg source, and they are far less greasy than any other duck I’ve had. The are also very self reliant, needing very little input from me other than fresh water to drink. They don’t even require water to swim or mate in, being tree perching ducks from the tropics.

    Also, duck fat is a great for cooking, don’t waste it!


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