1.04.2012

Where Can I Buy Duck Fat In DC?


Ah, duck fat. It's truly a beautiful thing.

Whether you're frying potatoes, making duck confit or sauteeing vegetables, duck fat adds delicious, savory flavor.
I'm not going to make an ill-informed judgment on duck fat's health properties, but it does have less saturated fat than butter and some beneficial oleic acids. And it tastes damn good, which is really what this is all about.

Where to buy it is one of the most common questions landing in my inbox these days. Always call to check on supplies before you venture out, but here's where I've had luck in DC: Seasonal Pantry, Wagshal's and Dean and Deluca (which has lots right now).

You can also score duck fat online. Try D'Artagnan, Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Williams-Sonoma.

Made anything tasty with duck fat recently?

25 comments:

Chris said...

Here's a good article on Duck confit, which also happens to mention that it doesn't need to be duck fat that you cook it in. so, there's hope for anyone who still has trouble finding some delicious duck fat!

http://gizmodo.com/5643281/the-science-of-collagen++and-how-to-make-mean-duck-confit++from-cooking-for-geeks

Anonymous said...

Also try Brookville Supermarket in cleveland park. They carry the D'Artagnan line of products including duck fat (graisse d'oie).

Jong said...

Balducci's (in old town Alexandria, don't know about the others) also has it. Check in the freezer section.

Anonymous said...

I have bought it from Jamie Stachowski and you must try his chacuterie as well!

D'Artagnan said...

Hi, D'Artagnan here. Our duck fat is available at Balducci's, Wagshal's and Brookville Market in DC. We're always happy to see people finding new ways to eat duck fat! It's versatile, delicious and we rely on it for so many things, from the unexpected (cookie and donut dough) to the obvious (saute, confit, cassoulet). Have fun cooking with duck fat, and check out the nutritional info and recipe suggestions on our site: http://www.dartagnan.com/t54/f60338/a3419/Pantry-Goods/Duck-Fat.html

Anonymous said...

Not in DC, but The Butcher's Block in Alexandria has it as well.

Chris Floyd said...

Another way to get duck fat is from the ducks. Most commercial ducks are so fatty that you can build up a store of fat just by roasting a few ducks. If you buy a whole duck or two, you just remove the legs and season them as you would for duck confit. Remove the breasts from the duck and use or freeze as you wish.Trim all of the remaining fat from the carcass (there are big chunks on the neck skin), and place the fat on top of the marinating legs in a small casserole dish. continued...

Chris Floyd said...

Roast the duck carcasses to make stock and reduce down to a jus and freeze or use. After marinating the legs over night, cook slowly in the casserole dish at 275 for 3 to 5 hours until the legs are fork tender. You can top off the duck legs with a few splashes of canola oil if you feel that there is not enough fat, but there should be plenty to melt down and baste the legs with fat. Use the confit as you wish, and strain the remaining fat and rerfrigerate or freeze until needed. continued...

Chris Floyd said...

Now you have duck fat that is nicely seasoned with the aromatics from the confit process, and you have utilized the whole duck, which is more economical in the long run but takes some time...You can now use this fat for your next confit or or for frying or sauteeing.

Tammy Gordon said...

I get mine at Brooville Market in Cleveland Park. So tasty!

- @floridagirlindc

Meg Samonds said...

I pop popcorn in duck fat and it's delish!!

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Wow, y'all are the duck fat braintrust!

Thanks to D'Artagnan for chiming in as well. And to Chris for the comment recipe!

And popcorn in duck fat may need to be made in my house...tonight!

Unsilent said...

I just noticed containers of duck fat at the Wegman's in Landover.

D'Artagnan said...

Love to see the positive response to duck fat. We are with Chris on rendering duck fat yourself. But if you need fat in a hurry, or don't have any ducks, the tub is the way to go. And Meg, so right. We love our popcorn popped in a pot with duck fat, dressed with melted black truffle butter and some Parmigiano-Reggiano finely grated on top. Salt helps, too. It's impossible to stop eating this.

Anonymous said...

Seasonal Pantry in Shaw and BRABO in Alexandria run $10-$11 per quart. I did turkey confit for Thanksgiving this year.

Anonymous said...

Cork Market may sell it to you if you ask nicely.

Anonymous said...

How long will a container of duck fat last in the fridge once opened?

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Duck fat keeps for a while. I'd say 6 months, longer in the freezer. I keep lard around for a year or so in the freezer.

Anonymous said...

D'Artagnan duck fat can also be found at the Georgetown Social Safeway.

Anonymous said...

Brabo Butcher's Block and Society Fair in Old Town

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

Yay for new Society Fair. Such an amazing place.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! The last time I went looking for duck fat, I stopped in Wholefoods and they gave me the dirtiest look, as though I'd asked for fresh baby or something.

Amanda @ Metrocurean said...

They don't sell fresh baby at Whole Foods? Kidding!!

Pekin Paradise said...

The best place to buy pure rendered duck fat is www.farmfreshduck.com and we include free shipping. The fat comes from our USDA certified All-Natural Pekin Ducks in Pennsylvania and we are actually the source for supply to many of the fancy gourmet labels. We also supply many restaurants in the DC area with fresh duck.

Sanders said...

I love duck so much, it helps with skin whitening and other skin issues.