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
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