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!

 

Buying a Whole Local Chicken

Fisher Hill Farm Poultry

Every week we offer fresh chicken at the farmers markets we attend. If you have never had a locally raised chicken then we highly recommend it. They really taste much different than your factory farmed raised chicken.

One of the things we hear from a lot of our friends at the market is that they would buy a whole chicken but they don’t want to have to cook the whole thing. But you don’t have to roast a whole chicken if you get a whole chicken! It’s very easy to break down a chicken into parts. It also cooks faster that way and you can freeze the parts your not ready to cook!

This video shows how easy it can be to simply follow the seams of where the bones are. You won’t see any cleavers or breaking of bones. If you follow the seams properly you don’t have to cut through bones. Check the video out!

This video doesn’t have instruction in it, but leave something in the comments here or on Youtube that you would like to see a video like that and we’ll get that arranged!

One of our regular market buyers told us a story about how he kept buying fresh chickens all summer long. He kept freezing the wings and the legs all summer only eating the breast and thighs. By the fall he had a huge meal of smoked wings and thighs with his friends and it was a huge hit!

You don’t have to be Jacques Pepin to cut up a whole chicken into parts. But it does take some practice. The best part is, you can’t mess up a whole chicken. Even if you don’t cut it into parts the way it’s meant to, you can still cook it and it’s still chicken!

Fresh local chicken tastes amazing and we want our market friends to have the best from our farm We stand by our product and would never feed anything to our own family that we wouldn’t give to our friends. We hope you try it out.