Simple duck cleaning question

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Simple duck cleaning question

Postby then3wguy » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:31 pm

Hello

Im sure this has been asked before and apologize again for the seemingly obvious question

I got my first duck today which was quite an exciting thing after stalking them through the bush and waiting for what i thought was the right time .... anyway

I've read how to clean it by cutting off the 2 breasts ... but i was wondering ...

Can you clean a duck in the same way you clean a Grouse/Ptarmigan (not stepping on their wings)
- The way i can a Grouse would be similar to a small Cornish hen, keeping the little leg/arm and the back meats on the body while cleaning out the insides ...

so your basically left with a miniature little chicken.

Can you do this process with a duck? or would it be more practical to just cut the breasts off and stuff them or whatever

Is there any meat on the back of a duck? im sure ill find out tomorrow but any information would be grateful

Anyway, again sorry for the painfully obvious question but being new to ducks .. i basically don't know the answer

But it was great fun and cant wait to go out again.

Thank you in advance for any information and for your time

ty
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby FloridaFowler » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:27 am

What kind of duck is it? I'm guessing wood duck or teal?
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby daffy... » Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:45 pm

you can prepare it anyway you would a chicken. breast it, skin it, pluck it
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby aggiechiro » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:37 am

daffy... wrote:you cant prepare it anyway you would a chicken. breast it, skin it, pluck it



sure you didnt mean "can"?
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby daffy... » Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:29 pm

hahah sorry. yeah, ill fix that now :grooving:
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby FloridaFowler » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:36 am

daffy... wrote:you can prepare it anyway you would a chicken. breast it, skin it, pluck it


Yeah, you can, but I don't know that there would be much value in cleaning a teal whole. A mallard or pintail, different story. That's why I asked the question.
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby aggiechiro » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:43 am

i have no problem cleaning whole teal and halving them. grill it bone down with some BBQ seasoning/sauce. its worth it to me.
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby daffy... » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:01 am

FloridaFowler wrote:
daffy... wrote:you can prepare it anyway you would a chicken. breast it, skin it, pluck it


Yeah, you can, but I don't know that there would be much value in cleaning a teal whole. A mallard or pintail, different story. That's why I asked the question.



why wouldnt you? i much rather do a whole teal than a mallard. like a cornish hen vs. a chicken. little bird, might as well get it all.. especially its oysters. with big birds i usually pluck just the breast. breast it out, leaving the skin on the flesh. render skin side first so that it is crispy. then save the legs for "buffalo wings"


...i think now were just questioning others opinons
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby aggiechiro » Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:25 am

daffy... wrote: then save the legs for "buffalo wings"


thats one of my favorite things to do. i often try to use the upper wing if there is enough meet, just cause i want more.
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Re: Simple duck cleaning question

Postby nooblet » Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:55 pm

if you keep the whole bird you have the benefit of being able to make stock with the bones and leftover parts. not much stock with a small bird, but enough to make duck pasta sauce or something.
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