How To Meal Prep Duck
Unless you are skilled in the culinary arts, you may not have the slightest idea how to meal prep duck. In fact, your next-door neighbor’s overcooked duck dinner may have deterred you from prepping waterfowl altogether. Nonetheless, prepping duck is not complicated, and defrosting your duck properly may be the toughest part.
Unfortunately, the common misconception among home cookers is that allowing frozen poultry to thaw out at room temperature on the kitchen counter is the best method to use to defrost frozen meat. However, this defrosting procedure is unsafe because the meat can easily become contaminated. Defrosting your duck in the refrigerator at a low temperature may take 24 – 48 hours; but, it is the safest and most effective way to thaw out frozen poultry.
Depending on the size of the duck’s breast, it is possible to defrost them overnight. Still, if you don’t have time to defrost your duck using the fridge, then submerging the duck in cold water while it is in its original package is sufficient, provided that the package has not been cut, opened or damaged. It is important that you change the water every half-hour and replace it with fresh cold water. Buying fresh waterfowl is another alternative, but prepping will prove to be a more tedious chore due to the fact that you will have to remove the feathers and other undesired parts.
Benefits of Pre-cooking Duck
Cooking a tasty duck dish takes a lot of time, and if you are always preoccupied with work or other personal obligations, then pre-cooking your duck is an effective way to not only save time but also reduce the stress that comes with prepping a family dinner on a tight schedule. Pre-roasting or braising your duck will save you the trouble of cooking it all the way through all at once and allow you to be more flexible with meal times. Still, flexibility and time management is not the only benefit of pre-cooking meats, weight management and establishing healthy eating habits is an added benefit. Pre-cooked portions of food allow you to monitor your daily calorie intake and make important adjustments to your diet without having to sacrifice the meals you love to eat. It also reduces the chance of having leftovers accumulate in your refrigerator.
What Is The Best Way To Prep Duck
How you prep your duck depends on the recipe that you want to follow. These simple steps will show you how to meal prep duck that will last up to four days.
- As mentioned earlier, the duck must be completely defrosted, and the best way to do this is to defrost your duck in the refrigerator for a couple of days. After the duck has been thawed out, then the giblets must be removed. It is important to wash the duck on both the inside and the outside before patting it dry using paper towels or a clean cloth.
- Next, turn your duck with its breast facing upwards and using your knife or fork poke tiny holes into the duck, this will allow the fat to be released while the duck is cooking. Using the fatty oils from the duck itself is essential to making your duck meat tender and juicy.
- Apply your seasoning spices to the duck. For a more traditional taste, only use salt and pepper. The spices should be applied all over the outside and inside of the duck.
- At this point, you may stuff the inside of the duck with cloves, garlic, and thyme to give a unique flavor. If you do not want to use cloves or thyme, then you may simply add garlic and lemon into the cavity, or nothing at all.
- Your oven should be preheated to 350 degrees and your roasting rack should be in the second-lowest position to ensure that the duck roasts properly. Place the duck in the roasting pan breast side up, and put the pan on the oven rack.
- Roast the duck, breast side up for about 40 minutes. Then flip the duck, breast side down for another 40 minutes. Next, remove the pan and use the juices from the cavity of the duck to brush the outer skin of the duck. Return it to the oven and then cook it breast side up again for 40 minutes, stopping to brush the outer layer of skin with the juices from the duck every 10 minutes. Continue to roast breast side up for another 40 minutes until the outer skin of the duck has caramelized.
- Remove the duck from the oven and let it cool. Once it has finished cooling, simply slice the meat into quarters and place them in containers. Avoid using foil paper because it will tear easily while wrapping and expose your food to the cold air circulating in the fridge.
Other Cooking Options For Duck
Since duck is poultry, there are many different cooking techniques and recipes that will help you to create a tender, tasty succulent home-cooked duck entree. Once you have pre-cooked your duck then you are free to explore everything from pan-seared duck breast to braised duck legs cooked over very high heat. If you love barbeque, then grilled duck breasts may be a savory treat for your taste buds. Cutting your duck breast into small strips and frying them in olive oil would make a great addition to bacon and eggs at breakfast time.
How Long After Cooking Duck Is It Safe To Eat?
While the cold temperature of the fridge may slow down the growth of bacteria, it does not permanently prevent them from growing. Therefore, it is your duty to exercise responsibility by monitoring the time that cooked food is left in the fridge. Pre-cooked poultry such as chicken and duck may remain in the refrigerator for a period of 3-4 days. After this, it is no longer safe to eat and must be discarded.