Maple Leaf Farms has been around four generations and more than 6o years. Known for their farm-raised ducks which are cage-free and fed a diet of grains and veggies, they provide duck from farm-to-fork for families and restaurants. Maple Leaf Farms is sustainably focused, using locally sourced plants for feed, reducing their carbon input, and can deliver direct from their online store to consumers. The duck is raised in Northern Indiana on several duck farms, and their Trident Stewardship Program ensures the grown-in-the-USA duck is treated humanely, biosecure, and part of the Natural Resource Conservation.
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We received the Maple Leaf Farms Holiday Duck Package which will be available on as a special on Black Friday and ending on Cyber Monday. This shipment included 4 duck breasts, sealed in a set of two 8oz breasts, plus a tub of Duck Fat in a 3.5lb container. We received the products frozen, and the duck breasts were easy to thaw in the refrigerator. The duck fat is naturally rendered and minimally processed.
Cooking with Duck
Duck meat, while from fowl, is considered a red meat in the culinary industry. It comes as a boneless lean meat with a lot of flavor. The duck fat becomes a high smoking point oil when heated, is lower in saturated fat than other meat-based fats, and imparts subtle flavor–perfect for sauteing and frying, and it has a shelf life of one year if kept frozen.
After consulting a few online recipes, I made up my own marinade with Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. I marinated the duck for a few hours, put a couple of tablespoons of duck fat in the frying pan to liquify, then I pan-seared the duck.
Afterward, I put the duck in the oven to finish roasting. While it was in the oven, I peeled and diced four potatoes, added some chopped onion, and I sauteed them in a tablespoon or so—I didn’t measure—of duck fat for a quick hash to accompany the duck.
The duck was so tender and juicy, full of flavor, and the whole family enjoyed it. The quick hash of fried potatoes and onions in duck fat browned nicely, plus a little bit of adobo seasoning was perfect side to the duck.
The Maple Leaf Farms website is very user-friendly, has a lot of recipes, plus cooking tips. This holiday season, when looking for something new to eat, the perfect solution is the Maple Leaf Farms Holiday Duck Package to make your family a dinner which tastes like fine dining, but easy to make in your own kitchen.