Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

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Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby aclumpkin » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:59 am

I normally soak my geese and ducks in salt water for 24 hours before I vacuum bag them and put them in the freezer.

With my geese, I have never had any issues. That said, I typically put them in a marinade before cooking or putting them in the crockpot.

This past weekend, I took a few ducks out of the freezer and upon cooking them, they tasted a tad on the salty side. Perhaps I put in too much salt when I soaked them?

I have heard people using milk, water and brown sugar, or nothing / just water for their brines before freezing. I love the taste of duck so I am looking to preserve that taste. Any thoughts / recommendations?
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby Rick Hall » Tue Dec 29, 2020 1:06 pm

aclumpkin wrote:I love the taste of duck so I am looking to preserve that taste. Any thoughts / recommendations?


In that case, don't soak, just rinse, dry, vacuum seal and freeze.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby California Sprig » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:55 pm

Rick Hall wrote:
aclumpkin wrote:I love the taste of duck so I am looking to preserve that taste. Any thoughts / recommendations?


In that case, don't soak, just rinse, dry, vacuum seal and freeze.

This^^. The only time I soak ducks before cooking or freezing is when I hunt divers in salt water bays around where I live. They can be a little gamey.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby likesbigspreads » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:19 pm

Have used salt and baking soda for years. Rinse well before freezing and have never had a salty taste? Heard buttermilk works as well.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby ohio mike » Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:43 pm

^^This^^ Rinse real good in cold water. I actually let them stand in cold water about a hour before freezing.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby Boatman » Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:59 pm

Let them hang a couple days if the temp is right or lay them on cold concrete on there back a couple days then skin or Fillet them.

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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby Baymen Moe » Tue Dec 29, 2020 5:41 pm

Leave the skin on. I used to breast my birds out without leaving the skin on. Big mistake. Nothing better than skin on cast iron cooked duck breast.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby sthwht24 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:10 pm

You could try a short dry brine. Just cover fairly liberally with salt and throw them on a cookie rack or something so they don’t sit in their own juice. Would think an hour or so would do it. Rinse, dry, season & cook.
Just did this with some deer meat and I was impressed as I normally soak everything too.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby Boatman » Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:40 pm

Baymen Moe wrote:Leave the skin on. I used to breast my birds out without leaving the skin on. Big mistake. Nothing better than skin on cast iron cooked duck breast.
The Biologist in our state tell us to skin the ducks before cooking because they claim all the contaminants are stored in the fat and skin on a duck.

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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby kahunna » Wed Dec 30, 2020 9:37 am

Rick Hall wrote:
aclumpkin wrote:I love the taste of duck so I am looking to preserve that taste. Any thoughts / recommendations?


In that case, don't soak, just rinse, dry, vacuum seal and freeze.

Or...don't rinse at all.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby aclumpkin » Wed Jan 20, 2021 9:40 pm

Thanks for the input. I just got back from a hunting trip and have some ducks to vacuum bag.

I have decided to do kind of hybrid of the suggestions on this batch. Instead of doing multiple salt water baths, I am going to do one short salt water bath for about half a day and then do the cold water for around a day. And then still wash and dry them well before finally bagging them.

I definitely plan to try dry aging at some point as well.
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Re: Alternatives to soaking in salt water?

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:22 pm

soak the meat in apple cider for 24 hours
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