How to Make Duck Confit

Fisher Hill Farm Duck Confit Recipe

Confit refers to a method of cooking something in grease or sugar at low temperatures. Duck Confit is usually made with the legs and is cooked in duck fat as the grease. It’s kind of like frying, except the temperatures are lower and it causes the meat to become very tender instead of crisp.

It feels as if it is a fancy dish and one that should be served with a white linen table cloth. But that’s not true! It’s a simple dish to make, keeps in the fridge for a long time and is delicious. The key is getting a locally grown duck (wink, wink).

What is nice about this recipe is that you can break off little bits of it at a time throughout the week so you never have to spend a whole day in the kitchen. Duck Leg Confit reheats in the oven and does not dry out so you can serve it as your main dish with little effort before the actual meal.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

One whole Fisher Hill Farm Duck

Fresh Thyme

Kosher salt

Vegetable oil (or other oil)

A sharp knife

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

The first thing you need to do is break down the whole duck into parts. It sounds difficult if you’ve never done it before, but it’s not. The legs come off very easily and that’s what you need to make this dish. Here’s a video on how to break down a whole duck.

What’s important about breaking this duck down is SAVING THE FAT. You will use that fat in to confit the duck legs. Save it to the side and cook it down. In the video below that part is covered. It can be done in advance and is very easy.

(*Pro tip. After the duck fat is rendered you’re left with crispy pieces of duck fat that make an excellent snack. Soak them in Frank’s Red Hot and bake them in a hot oven.)

Once the duck legs of off coat them liberally with the kosher salt and place them stack on top of each other with some fresh thyme. Put that in the refrigerator for a few days to let it cure. Once you’ve done that, the next step is rinsing them off really good and patting them dry.

Here’s the video that shows the rest of the process.

One of the best parts of Duck Confit is the wings! They are delicious. We also love to eat this dish cold, as a quick lunch out of the fridge.

If you follow this recipe, you’re going to be left with the duck breasts. Those can be cooked up crispy skin style very easily and takes almost no prep work.

In other news, our CSA is currently open. If you would like to learn more about it just go to:

https://fisherhillfarm.com/csa/

Crop Report: Winter 2020

Winter Crop Report Fisher Hill Farm

With the holiday season fast approaching we wanted to get you what we have in stock as of now. We try and provide these as often as we can to help you plan out your shopping and meals.

Let’s start first with turkey. If you would like to have a fresh turkey for your holiday meal this year, there’s still time! A $20 deposit today will guarantee you a turkey for the holiday and get you as close to the weight you would prefer as possible.

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR TURKEY

If you’re not feeling turkey don’t forget that we have duck, chicken, and stewing hens, too. The ducks roast whole really well or can be broken down into parts. Here’s a how to video on breaking down one of our whole ducks:

Here’s what veggies you can find at our farm pick up and on our tables at the market:

Parsnips

Carrots

Turnips

Yellow cooking Onions

Beets (without greens)

Watermelon Radishes

Potatoes – Red, Yukon Gold, White, and Sweets availalbe

Baby Curly Kale

Cabbage

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Brussels Sprouts

Romanesco

Squash – Spaghetti, Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Honeynut

Apples

Scallions

Rutabaga

Celeriac

Celery

Kohlrabi

And of course, EGGS!

Like to know where to find us?

Farm Pre-Order Pickup Hours:

Wednesday 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Pre-Order HERE!

Address: 6440 Fisher Hill Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Rochester Public Market

Thursday 7am-1pm

Saturday 6am-2pm

Address: 280 Union St N, Rochester, NY 14609

Brighton Farmers Market 

Sunday 10am – 11:30am

Brighton High School Parking Lot

Home Delivery Via Flour City Bread (And Brighton Market!)

www.flourcitybread.com/collections/grocery

Happy Holidays from The Munsons!

The Holiday Countdown

Fisher Hill Farm Chicken Duck Turkey

What’s on your menu?

2020 is getting closer and closer to a close. Even if this year your holiday party will be smaller than in years past, and no matter what holiday you celebrate this time of year, it will be a great way to usher out one of the strangest years on record.

We would like to thank everyone for their interest in local food. The enthusiasm our shopper have had this year has been awesome, and at time, unbridled! Many people used this year to explore new recipes while they were stuck inside and we were able to learn so much from all of you. Thank you.

As the year comes to a close, we want to let everyone know some menu options available.

  1. Turkey – We have a limited supply of fresh turkey the will be ready for pick up starting 12/19. Follow the link below to put down your $20 deposit to guarantee a fresh turkey for your table. I WANT TO PLACE A DEPOSIT ON A TURKEY.
  2. Duck – They are frozen and will take about 2 days to thaw in the refrigerator. Sizes vary. If there is a specific size you would like us to bring to the market please let us know in advance by calling or messaging us. If we don’t respond we didn’t get your message. Don’t be afraid to message again. We want you to get what you like.
  3. Chicken – We always have a pretty good supply of chickens at the markets with us.
  4. Stewing Hens – Low and slow works best for these. We have posted recipes in the past to use them. No matter what recipe you use, your whole house will smell delicious!
  5. We also have eggs on hand as well, along with lots of winter storage veggies.

This is the perfect opportunity to make a TURDUCKEN!

Not sure what that is? It’s a chicken stuffed into a duck and then stuffed into a turkey. Here’s a video of the legendary John Madden ripping one apart on live national television with his bare hands:

Wondering where to find us?

Farm Pre-Order Pickup Hours:

Wednesday 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Pre-Order HERE!

Address: 6440 Fisher Hill Rd, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Rochester Public Market

Thursday 7am-1pm

Saturday 6am-2pm

Address: 280 Union St N, Rochester, NY 14609

Brighton Farmers Market 

Sunday 10am – 11:30am

Brighton High School Parking Lot

Home Delivery Via Flour City Bread (And Brighton Market!)

www.flourcitybread.com/collections/grocery

Cooking Duck Hearts

Duck Heart Lettuce Wraps - Fisher Hill Farm

We get a lot of questions about our chicken and duck hearts. They aren’t every day table fare and if you’re not used to seeing them it can be an interesting sight.

We have written about them before in a post about yakitori, which is a Japanese chicken skewer. It’s an easy recipe and a good way to get familiar with using hearts as a main ingredient. This works well as a grilled appetizer and the novelty of it is always fun during a gathering or party. You can check that post and recipe out here. 

A lot of our friends have let us know that they buy the inexpensive chicken and duck hearts as a treat for their dog. But they’re not just for Fido! They are packed with protein, Omega 6 fatty acids, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-12, Iron, Zinc, and have a low Glycemic load.

The heavy iron flavor is often times what people are the most deterred by, but a recipe like the following one is an easy way to incorporate the flavor and enhance the other flavors so the taste is homogeneous and delicious.

Duck Heart Lettuce Wraps

This recipe can substitute other poultry hearts such as chicken without altering the recipe.

What You’ll Need

One container Fisher Hill Farm Duck Hearts

Half cup of chopped Celery leaf

1/2 Red onion, chopped

1/2 lemon cut into slices

Soy Sauce

Sesame oil

Korean Red Pepper

Sriracha

Salt, pepper, sugar

Unseasoned cooked, cold white rice

What You’ll Do

You can find us at the following markets!

Rochester Public Market

Thursday 6:30am -1 (June – October)Saturday 6am -2 year roundGet Directions

Brighton Farmers Market

(Special Rules and Ordering Procedure due to COVID-19.)

Click Here to Order

Click here to learn more about the new rulesDuring the Winter (week after Thanksgiving till week before Mother’s Day)Brookside Community CenterEvery Sunday 1pm – 4pmGet DirectionsDuring the Summer (Mother’s day till Thanksgiving)Brighton High School Parking Lot 9am – 1pmGet Directions

Thompson Hospital

In the front parking lot in front of M. M. Ewing Continuing Care CenterJune-October Every Monday2:30pm – 5:30pmGet Directions

Victor Central School

Early Childhood School/District office parking lot

June – October Every Tuesday 3:30pm – 6pm

Get Directions

Learn to Break Down a Whole Duck

How to Butcher Locally Raised Whole Duck

We have whole duck for sale and wanted to help our customers be assured that breaking down a whole duck is not that difficult to do! This video is a step by step tutorial to help you do that. 

We are sympathetic to our friends who do not eat animals and we do not want to be offensive in anyway, but this question has come up several times at market over the years. Some people would like to buy a whole duck or chicken but are unsure how to cook it other than putting the entire thing in the oven! It’s actually pretty simple and once you get chicken or duck down, pretty much all birds are the same.

You do need a good knife, one that is sharp and not too stiff. The knife used is this video was purchased at a local popular grocery store for less than $10 and worked perfectly. One thing that people often worry about is having to get through the bones of the bird. In this video, you’ll see that you do not necessarily have to saw through any bone.

A bird, a knife, a cutting board, and some patience and you’ll be a butcher in no time.

We plan on releasing some more videos as we get them on how to use this very same duck for the following recipes:

Crispy Skinned Duck Breast

Duck Liver Mousse

Duck Confit

The more we can help you use these products the better for both of us!

If you are reading this and you have a recipe that you use feel free to post in on social media and tag us. We love to know how you use what we’re growing and it helps to pass it along.

Thanks for reading and thanks for watching!