Cooking with Duck – Luv-a-Duck – It’s so easy...!

Hints and Tips on Roasting Duck
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By following these hints and tips from the experts (us!) you can be sure your duck will be cooked to perfection!

  • When roasting a duck, place on a rack in a baking tray so the fat can drain freely.
  • Ensure the vent end of the duck is always open. This allows the heat to cook the meat from the inside as well as the outside.
  • Never stuff the cavity of a whole duck. This prevents hot air entering the duck cavity.
  • A few herbs, zest of an orange or some star anise placed inside the cavity will give a good aroma and add to the flavour when cooking.
  • For a crispier skin, wipe the uncooked duck dry with kitchen paper and sprinkle a little salt on the skin.
  • Always roast a duck in a hot oven approx 190C.
  • Duck reheats really well, so why not cook it the day before, joint it when it's cold and reheat in a hot oven or under the grill for a duck dinner with ease!
  • If you reheat the duck and want the skin to be crispier, dab the skin with kitchen paper and place under a hot grill or in the oven.
  • Duck, as with all meats and poultry, should rest after cooking to allow the juices to settle. It also makes the meat easier to handle.
  • Always serve the sauce on the plate and the duck on top. Putting sauce on the crispy skin will make the skin go soft.
  • For a sweet sauce, add a couple of teaspoons of cranberry sauce.
  • When making sauce, instead of using water, use orange juice for a quick traditional Duck a l'Orange.

CHEF'S HINT: Duck fat is great for roasting potatoes and sauteing other vegetables and meats and it keeps for ages in the fridge.