How long is duck breast left on ice after kill?

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  1. Texas60

    Texas60 New Member

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    How long is duck breast left on ice after kill? Was told it wasn’t a bad idea to leave on ice for a little while to get rid of blood and wild taste a bit. Does anyone do this?

    And what kind of cooking do you guys recommend with duck? Grille like steaks?
     
  2. PaulinKansas

    PaulinKansas Elite Refuge Member

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    I soak mine in salty water until the water doesn't turn red anymore. Change the water every 8 hours.

    A few days ago I posted a question on smoking ducks on this forum. The recipe I followed was delicious.
     
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  3. WaterFoulHunter

    WaterFoulHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I've got a "duck fridge" in the garage. (I'm told that most people use it for beer?) I hang all my ducks 21 days before I even touch 'em. It really makes a difference.
     
  4. okie drake

    okie drake Elite Refuge Member

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    I put em in water in the fridge for 2-3 days and change the water daily. Some put salt or other things in the water or hang em as mentioned above. I don't 'ice' them as this works well and I've never needed to. With deer I'll put the backstraps in icy water in a cooler and do the same process with changing the water for a few days. It gets clear after couple days and seems to work well. For a bunch of breasts or if one was out on a trip away from a fridge the same would work for ducks. Same thing just different mechanism.

    I have an old Pepsi cooler I got out of a place that wasn't using it anymore and have considered hanging meat in there but have never done it. Friends of mine have done that with hogs and various other meats including for brining etc. Hanging has potential if one has the setup.
     
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    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    Really, 21 days? I thought I was pushing it leaving them a week. You hang them in the fridge? I just lay them in there breast up.
     
  6. Swampfoot

    Swampfoot Senior Refuge Member

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    So I guess you guys believe in aging them? Never tried it but have heard good things. More tender? Better taste. Typically I clean within 4 hours of killing.
     
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  7. Drake91

    Drake91 Senior Refuge Member

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    Not trying to sound like a dip**** here but I'm guessing u gut em then hang em??... I just never heard of this I've hung deer out gutted when it's cold outside or in my buddies deep freeze... just wondering?
     
  8. WaterFoulHunter

    WaterFoulHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I customized the shelves to allow me to hang them. It sounds like a long time, but if it's cool enough it works really well. Try just one next time. Then you decide. Good luck. I age 'em all now.
     
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    WaterFoulHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    Actually, i DON'T gut them.
     
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  10. Drake91

    Drake91 Senior Refuge Member

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    Ok I'm gonna try that next time I have a fridge in the basement I'll use it for that... I'm gonna try it
     
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