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Ducks shouldn't be lean, right?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 11, 2012 at 2:48 AM

I've had duck a few times in my life and remember it as a nice fatty little bird. The other day I bought a duck at my local Sunflower supermarket. I cooked it in the crockpot and it was leaner than chicken.

What would make a duck lean? Do I want to know the answer to my question?

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Left the skin on.

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A7768b6c6be7f5d6acc76e5efa66464c

on May 11, 2012
at 03:05 AM

I think what makes ducks fat is being water birds. The fat helps keep them insulated. But I've read that many farmed ducks do not go in the water. Perhaps they naturally do not develop that protective fat because they don't need it?

But I think it's terrible to farm ducks in this way, just from an animal welfare point of view. Can you imagine, being evolved to fly, paddle around in the water, and forage for bugs at the shore, but being kept in a "battery" at a factory farm? I've been re-evaluating my sources for duck--it's my favorite poultry.

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Probably a different species. Mallard ducks are fatty; Muscovy ducks are lean.

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on May 11, 2012
at 12:01 PM

I would be very disappointed to buy a duck and not have any fat!

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:01 AM

Did you remove the skin before putting it in the slow cooker? I don't usually put the skin of poultry into slow cooker meals (it just seems weird if it's not crispy) and that's where all the fat is on a duck. When I cook duck in the oven I slice the skin so that the fat runs out and crisps the skin up. Very tasty and filling.

If you did leave the skin on, I'm not sure.

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on May 11, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Left the skin on.

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