Duck fat is one of the ultimate culinary delicacies. Duck breeds such as Pekin and Moulard have a thick layer of fat beneath the skin which can be rendered and used in all sorts of culinary applications.
You can use duck fat anywhere you use butter and it substitutes well for all kinds of other cooking oils, including olive oil. Potatoes roasted in duck fat turn out savory and crispy and duck fat French fries are a wonderful treat. Rubbing a chicken with duck fat inside and out before roasting will yield a crispy skin and moist, succulent breast meat. You can even use it in place of lard, butter or shortening when making pie crusts. Try drizzling it on popcorn!
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Farm Fresh Duck is an online store that features Moulard duck products raised by Hudson Valley Foie Gras. They offer rendered duck fat in a variety of sizes, ranging from a 1.75-pound tub—which will run $20.15 (or $8.71 per pound)—all the way to a 5-gallon bucket containing at least 39 pounds of duck fat, at a cost of $176.55 or $3.82 per pound. Their products are antibiotic-free and gluten-free.
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Fatworks is a company dedicated to crafting natural cooking oils like beef tallow, pork lard, and duck fat. They offer a pure rendered duck fat made from pasture-raised ducks, the only such product available on the market. A 7.5-ounce jar is priced at $16.50. They also offer a cage-free duck fat, at $13 for a 7.5-ounce jar. The pasture-raised product is made from ducks raised on non-GMO grain. The cage-free variety is flavored with organic rosemary extract.
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Based in Austin Texas, EPIC Provisions offers a range of products for those seeking a diet rich in high-quality meat, wholesome vegetables, fruit, nuts, and seeds. In keeping with their "nose to tail" philosophy, they utilize all aspects of the animal. Their rendered duck fat is priced at $10.99 for an 11-ounce jar, or around $16 per pound. They also offer it as part of a 4-jar sample pack that also features one jar each of duck fat, grass-fed beef tallow, pastured pork lard, and pastured bison tallow. The sample pack is $29.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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D'Artagnan partners with small farms and ranches that commit not to use added antibiotics or hormones. Their rendered duck fat is sourced from Moulard ducks and contains no additives or preservatives. A small 7-ounce container is available for $7.99 and a 10-pound bucket is $79.99 (or about $8 per pound). Their product ships frozen.
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Rougié produces this rendered and filtered pure duck fat from Moulard ducks raised in Quebec, Canada. Rougie ducks are raised free-range, on feed made from locally-grown corn, without hormones or antibiotics. An 11.28-ounce jar is available for $19.99 on Amazon, which works out to about $28 per pound and includes free shipping.
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Graisse de Canard Gold
Also available on Amazon, Graisse de Canard Gold is a classic rendered duck fat that is perfect for confits and general sautés. Their product is gluten-free, all-natural, non-GMO, and free from chemicals, preservatives, MSG and fillers. A 12-ounce container is priced at $13.23, which works out to $17.60 per pound, and is eligible for 2-day Prime shipping. It keeps for up to six months in the fridge once opened.
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The rendered duck fat available from US Wellness Meats is derived from Pekin ducks living outdoors in the Hudson Valley, NY area. A 1-quart container weighs approximately 1.75 pounds and costs $22.45, which works out to about $13 per pound. The ducks are free-range and free of hormones and antibiotics.