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Duck and Goose Recipes

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This is my collection of duck recipes, primarily for wild ducks as well as geese. While most wild ducks enjoy a good reputation, geese are undeservedly maligned as greasy, livery and tough. Yes, they can be all these things, but properly done, a wild goose (or a domestic, for that matter) is essentially a large duck.

A normal wild goose, such as a Canada, snow or whitefront will feed four, while a small goose (cackler, Aleutian or Ross’) will serve two heartily. A domestic goose or a giant Canada (really any Canada larger than 10 pounds) can serve as many as six.

Don’t overcook waterfowl breasts or they will be livery. Rare-to-medium is the mantra. As for the legs, thighs and wings, slow cook them to make them tender. Duck and goose legs are not nearly as tough as pheasant legs because waterfowl don’t do as much walking around. But their wings can be very tough.

If you find yourself with diving ducks, such as scaup, ringnecks, red-heads, buffleheads, goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, oldsquaw or eiders (or brant, for that matter) You may need to brine them to soften any possible fishy taste.

One easy way to tell is to cut off the “Pope’s Nose,” or tail of the duck, and render out the fat in a small frying pan. If the fat smells icky, brine the duck with salt, sugar and garlic, plus any aromatic herbs that strike your fancy.

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A note on all recipes: If you use domestic geese or ducks for any of them, it is vital that after you thaw them out, you remove all of the body cavity fat and then prick the skin all around with the point of a filet knife or something else narrow and pointy. Domestic geese are flying pigs, raised for their delicious fat as much as their meat.

PREP WORK

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How to Break Down a Duck or Goose

Basic instructions on how to cut up a whole duck or goose. These instructions work with pretty much any bird.

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Wild duck fat

How to Render Duck Fat

Basic instructions on how to render your own duck or goose fat.

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My video for plucking ducks or geese with hot water and melted paraffin wax:

If you only have a few ducks to pluck, or don’t want to use hot wax, here is my video for dry-plucking a duck or goose:

My video for skinning a duck or goose. I skin sea ducks, fishy divers and snow geese:

MASTER RECIPES

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slicing seared duck breast

How to Cook Duck Breasts

Step by step instructions on how to pan-sear a duck breast to make the skin extra crispy and the meat medium-rare.

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roast wild duck recipe

Roast Wild Duck

Simple instructions on how to roast a wild duck. Use this with most wild birds, or with Muscovy ducks.

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slow roast duck recipe

Slow Roasted Duck

Use these instructions when you are roasting a very fat wild bird or a domesticated duck.

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How to smoke a duck

How to Make Smoked Duck

A master recipe for smoking ducks and geese. This works with both wild and domesticated birds.

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duck jerky recipe

Wild Duck or Goose Jerky

Another master recipe, this time for jerky. My seasonings are allspice, chile, thyme and mushroom powder, but you can use whatever spice mix you want.

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surf scoters

10 Ways to Eat Sea Ducks

If you have a sea duck or otherwise fishy duck, here are 10 proven recipes for working with stinky ducks.

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RECIPES BY PART OF THE BIRD

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Duck and Goose Breast Recipes

Recipes for both skin-on and skinless duck and goose recipes.

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Easy roast duck legs

Legs, Thighs and Wings

Duck and goose legs are wonderful, but they need to be cooked slow and low. You’ll find recipes for them here.

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goose stew barley recipe

Soups, Stews and Broths

Hearty stews, refined soups and basic duck stock, plus recipes for duck demi-glace and consomme.

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corned gizzards with spaetzle

Duck and Goose Giblets Recipes

Don’t forget the giblets! Recipes for everything from simple seared liver to fancy dishes with hearts and gizzards.

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German smoked goose breast recipe

Duck Charcuterie

Recipes for cured duck and goose meat, from whole cuts to sausages, smoked duck and terrines. This is a great use for smelly ducks like shovelers and sea ducks, by the way.

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On Eating Snow Geese

Some thoughts on eating the unjustly maligned snow goose.

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Succulent Roast Goose

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By Theo Weening, December 10, 2011 | More posts by Theo Weening

Have you decided what to serve for Christmas dinner yet? Why not give goose a try! Whether you serve it as the star of the meal or alongside traditional favorites like ham, turkey or beef, a succulent roast goose adds a delightful flair to your holiday table. Historically, goose has been a firm favorite in Europe. Not only did Charles Dickens famously write about a tender and flavorful goose as the centerpiece of the Cratchit’s Christmas table in A Christmas Carol, but in Victorian England, “Goose Clubs” were formed where people could save up all year just to have a Christmas goose! In recent years, thanks to growing interest in seasonal, alternative and local food, goose has been gaining more and more popularity in the US as well. At Whole Foods Market® we have partnered with Pitman Family Farms to bring you Mary’s Free Range Geese. It took us quite a while to find a producer that could raise birds to our standards and, as far as we know, these are the only geese raised in the US that are fed a purely vegetarian diet (corn, soybean meal and wheat) with no animal by-products and raised without antibiotics. The Pitmans started raising Embden geese about three years ago in sunny California. David Pitman (co-owner) chose the birds because they are known for being strong, hardy and slow growing. He raises the birds seasonally on open range farms, with plenty of room to roam and access to shelter if there’s bad weather. And when it comes to taste, the Embden breed provides a light, succulent flavor — not overpowering like some game meats. For a tasty addition to your menu for the holidays, try roast goose with all the fixings this year! Mary’s Free Range Geese are available fresh (west coast) & frozen (east coast) in all Whole Foods Market stores. Looking for a good recipe? Try this one for Orange and Thyme Roasted Goose. Will goose be the centerpiece at your Christmas table?

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Baldvin says …

This story makes me homesick. Wild Goose is the old traditional Christmas food back home in Iceland as well as smoked lamb meat......Happy Holiday´s

Tue, 2011-12-13 08:59

bgamble says …

We are looking forward to trying this! My mom's family came from Germany and she said they always had goose for Christmas. So this year we are going to give it a try. Thank you Whole Foods for making it possible to find an organic, free range goose!

Mon, 2013-11-25 13:33

Viola says …

Can I get a fresh goose in Chicago?

Tue, 2013-12-17 14:30

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@VIOLA - I would suggest reaching out to your local store directly to see what they have in stock. Our exact products differ between stores.

Tue, 2013-12-17 16:31

Harvey J Osborn says …

We live in Portland, Oregon 97219. Is a fresh or frozen goose available locally?

Sat, 2013-12-21 13:25

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@HARVEY - Since our products differ by vendors and availability. I would call the Portland store closest to you to find out exactly what they have on hand.

Mon, 2013-12-23 17:35

Bryan Bakis says …

Will you have for the Thanksgiving Holiday in the Framingham MA store the (Pittman Family Farm) Mary’s Free Range Goose product?

Fri, 2014-11-14 13:12

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BRYAN - You can find the exact listings of the holiday menu items at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/online-ordering. If you do not see it on the menu I would still suggest calling the store directly to see if they offer this goose.

Mon, 2014-11-17 13:38

Bonnie Bradley says …

price for smoked christmas goose

Fri, 2014-11-21 15:28

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BONNIE - Our pricing differs between stores. Check with your local store directly to see if they have goose in stock and if so, they will be happy to let you know the price.

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:17

Cynthia Hansell says …

I would love to have a 9+ pound never frozen goose for Christmas Eve. Have been in Cumming ga and have not been able to get a fresh one, only frozen ones which are better tan NOT. I just visited Avalon and saw the Whole Foods store. Do they have them. Ch

Tue, 2014-12-02 15:33

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CYNTHIA - I just spoke with Charlie at the Avalon store and he mentioned he just emailed you back to confirm that they should have them in stock. I would suggest special ordering one so you can make sure they will have it ready for you!

Wed, 2014-12-03 12:10

Carolyn Nevin says …

Our son is coming home for Christmas and has requested that I make a goose. Can I purchase one at your store in Mt. Brook?

Sun, 2014-12-07 15:18

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CAROLYN - I would suggest reaching out to the store directly at 205.912.8400 to see if they will have this in stock and place a special order to guarantee you will have it for your son.

Tue, 2014-12-09 15:47

Sam says …

We will have 11 people over for Christmas. How large a goose would it take to feed them and have some leftovers? Would 2 smaller birds be better tasting? Thanks

Wed, 2014-12-10 14:19

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SAM - I would suggesting calling your local store to speak with the butcher. They will be able to let you know if they plan to have goose in stock and if so, the serving suggestions. They can also help special order a bird if needed!

Fri, 2014-12-12 18:25

MCards says …

Can I get a goose at the Whole Foods store in Overland Park, Kansas?

Tue, 2014-12-16 09:32

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MCARDS - Our exact options can differ between our two locations in Overland Park. I would suggest calling the exact store you plan to shop with to see if they will have this in stock or if they can special order it for you.

Wed, 2014-12-17 14:40

richard king says …

Could really use two geese for Christmas! No one else seems to have any. Are there any left?

Mon, 2014-12-22 20:25

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RICHARD - Since our availability can be limited, check with the exact store you plan to shop with directly. They can let you know what they have in stock.

Tue, 2014-12-23 16:30

Susan says …

I am trying to order a goose from the upper west side Whole Foods, but they can't tell me whether or not they can order a goose -- I was switched back and forth between three departments and then back to meat. Which store in NYC will order a goose please? Thank you.

Sat, 2014-12-27 16:43

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SUSAN - My apologies for being bounced around in the store. Unfortunately I do not have access to look up products on a store-by-store basis. The best way to find out if the store will carry this would be to ask the store directly.

Tue, 2014-12-30 15:56

Jena says …

Hi: we are looking for the frozen brown chinese geese. Quantity is 1000/month. Just want to know you have this product. Thank you Jena

Thu, 2015-04-02 10:26

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@JENA - Product selection and special ordering will differ between stores. Reach out to your local store directly to see if this is something they carry and if so, if they can set up a standing special order for you.

Thu, 2015-04-02 11:54

Imebbe says …

where can I buy goose? My zip code is 94116

Sat, 2015-09-12 18:26

Cynthia Myers says …

I would like to purchase a whole goose

Sat, 2015-09-19 21:34

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@CYNTHIA - Our exact options differ between stores so check with your local store directly to see if they have goose in stock.

Thu, 2015-09-24 14:29

Linda says …

How much does a good sized Goose for christmas run/ What is considered a good size goose? (Pounds wise)

Tue, 2015-11-03 20:07

Richie Hounshell says …

I would like to buy a goose for chritmas..11-15lbs

Fri, 2015-11-13 17:08

Steve says …

Do you have pre cooked goose for Christmas? Thank you.

Mon, 2015-11-16 02:58

Sparki Cook says …

What is the COST of a GOOSE??

Mon, 2015-11-23 05:24

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SPARKI - Our prices will differ between stores. Check with your local store, they'll be happy to let you know!

Mon, 2015-11-23 13:10

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@RICHIE, @STEVE & @SPARKI - Our pricing and ordering for goose will be handled by each store. Check with your local store for details regarding price and availability. They'll be happy to help!

Mon, 2015-11-23 16:06

Todd K. Favorite says …

I am looking for a goose that is big enough for 4-5 people. Can I purchase this at the Washtenaw Store?

Tue, 2015-11-24 15:23

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@TODD - The options will differ between stores. You can check with the store directly at 734.975.4500.

Wed, 2015-11-25 14:51

richard N. Ryan says …

I' d like to know the prices as well.

Sun, 2015-11-29 02:21

Sherri says …

I am looking for a cooked goose to take home, or a fresh goose with instructions to cook it. I live in Etobicoke, Ontario and do I need to order or will there be available in a store.

Thu, 2015-12-10 07:15

Stacy robbins says …

Wanting a young goose to cook for Christmas dinner. Please send pricing. Thank you Stac

Thu, 2015-12-10 17:56

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SHERRI & @STACY - Our exact products will differ between stores. Check with your local store to find out if they have goose in stock, and if so, what their ordering and price point is.

Mon, 2015-12-14 14:09

Deanie says …

I live in St. Pete and was thinking of preparing a goose for Christmas Eve...do you guys have them?

Wed, 2015-12-16 07:26

Toby says …

Great article. Do you actually sell goose at my local store (Richmond, Surrey)??????????????????

Sat, 2015-12-19 06:07

Stephen says …

Hi there, Is fresh or roast goose meats available in Madison WI? I would like to order some. Looking forward to your reply

Fri, 2016-01-08 23:06

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@STEPHEN - The availability of goose will differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have this in stock.

Mon, 2016-01-11 15:34

suzi says …

Looking for roast goose meat, meat already roasted. Do you have any? What size birds, do you have a 5 to 6 lb bird, What are the prices? Suzi

Tue, 2016-02-16 12:19

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