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/

Banana Sushi Recipe

Banana Sushi - Fisher Hill Farm

Not really sushi, but just as good.

If you are looking to roll out of the winter doldrums they’re may be no better way than eating. Unfortunately this is a time of year where eating unhealthy become pretty easy and getting outdoors for much more than shoveling isn’t always possible.

Fun snacks that get the kids involved and that don’t weigh heavy on the wallet or waistline are an easy way to make the time pass by. We recently got this little recipe from a friend of ours and it was fun and easy to make.

What You’ll Need:

Flour tortilla

Peanut Butter

Fresh Banana

Fresh Strawberries

What You’ll Do:

Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla and place a peeled banana on it as straight as you can, even if it cracks or breaks the banana a little. Cut the top of the banana as it lays on it’s side to create a little “table”.

Spread the peanut butter on the flour tortilla.

Cut the strawberries into match sticks and put them on the banana table.

Roll it up and cut it into “sushi”. Do not use a serrated knife to cut it, it will rip. Use a sharp kitchen knife. We found that out the hard way!

Match stick the strawberries and put them on the “banana table” you made.

That’s it! We cannot wait to get fresh from our field strawberries back to try this again this summer. If you were feeling industrious you could make the tortillas from scratch which is actually very fun and delicious.

Super easy snack that your kids will like! And if they don’t, you probably will!

It’s not easy to find something healthy that the kids can help make. Besides the parts that require a knife, kids can help roll the “sushi” which causes for a bit of a mess of peanut butter but one that they don’t seem to mind too much.

The 7 Things You Should Know About the Farm Right Now

There’s just so much going on right now, at the farm and in the country, that we wanted to make sure you knew all that we had going on at the farm so you can, at the very least, plan what you might have for dinner over the weekend (if nothing else!)

Below is a list with some helpful links for the 7 things we have going on right now that you might want to know about heading into the holidays.

  1. Thanksgiving Turkey Still Available – We have sold out of organically raised turkey but there are still conventional turkeys left, but they are going fast! If you need a turkey for Thanksgiving you can still order here: THANKSGIVING TURKEY
  2. Farm Pre-Order Pickup Wednesdays – From now until 12/23 you can pre-order your groceries and pick them up at the farm on Wednesday nights from 3pm until 6pm. Submit the order form by Tuesday of each week and we’ll be ready for you. IF you’re interested click here: ORDER FORM
  3. The Brighton Market will Continue OUTSIDE – The Brighton Farmers Market will be outside with regular hours from now until Thanksgiving and then have reduced hours but remain outside until Christmas. For more information click here: BRIGHTON FARMERS MARKET
  4. Stewing Hens are Back! – The hens are back and just in time to make soups, stocks, and hearty dishes with them. If you are not familiar with our stewing hens, check out the following for ideas and recipes: CHICKEN STEW, CHICKEN RAGU, CHICKEN TACOS, CHICKEN POT PIE
  5. Our Partnership with Flour City Bread Continues! – Our online pre-order grocery pick up is still ongoing! And, they are offering to cook you Thanksgiving dinner this year too. Check out all the details here: FLOUR CITY BREAD
  6. Christmas Turkeys will be available – We will have turkey for Christmas dinner this year. Details to follow. We have ducks available too!
  7. Rochester Public Market – Here every Saturday as well as a special pre-Thanksgiving pick up day on Wednesday 11/25. We will also bring produce that day as well.

Well that’s a lot! We hope that helps you plan your holiday! See you at the market!

The Quick Pickle

pickled onions - Fisher Hill Farm

Pickling has a couple of purposes.

The first is to alter the flavor of the veggie to create something new, a compliment to a dish or sandwich. But the second part is to allow the same veggie to last a bit longer in your fridge or if you practicing canning and preserving, your pantry or cupboard.

This recipe is a quick pickle recipe that does not include canning. Canning is a separate art and takes some time and extra equipment that not everyone has. But you can use this quick pickling recipe and it only takes a few minutes to prepare.

As you’ll see in the video, we used three different types of vinegar. Honestly that’s not necessary at all. Any vinegar will work just fine but if you have different types of vinegar, combination of them produce slightly different flavors. Balsamic vinegar produces a fruity flavor, especially when sugar is added that enhances the red onion and makes it very sweet.

What You’ll Need:

Two medium size or one large Fisher Hill Farm Red Onion

3/4 cup vinegar

3/4 cup water

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 heaping Tablespoons of Kosher Salt

What You’ll Do:

Put all that stuff in a pot and put it on low to medium heat. You don’t want it to boil, but rather get hot enough to dissolve the sugar and salt and help quicken the pickling process. Slice your onions as thin as you can and place them in a non reactive container. Once the vinegar solution has dissolved all the sugar and salt, pour it over top of the onions, lightly put the top on, let it get to room temperature and then put it in the fridge.

12 hours is best before you eat it, more is fine too. But if you don’t wait long enough the onions will not have time to macerate and the flavors will have yet to combine. We’ve used this basic recipe on:

Onions

Jalapenos

Cauliflower (chopped thin)

Carrots (chopped thin)

Green beans

Scapes

Asparagus

Parsnips

Fennel

Try it out! See what you think. Maybe you want it to be spicy and you could add some crushed red pepper. Or maybe you could use rhubarb and add allspice and clove to it. The options are endless and delicious.

Stewing Hen Tacos with Yogurt and Pickled Red Onions

Stewing Hen Tacos - Fisher Hill Farm

We love our stewing hens for two reasons: taste and recycling. 

That might sound odd, but it’s the truth. Our stewing hens are the egg layers that no longer produce. They aren’t great for grilling like our other chickens but it would terrible to let that chicken go to waste. We wish we could let them live out their lives naturally, but it wouldn’t be cost effective or would we have enough space. To our vegetarian friends it might seem cruel, but it’s the best way for them to serve two purposes.

The problem is, it’s not something that is normally sold in grocery stores. It’s just not that common. So we get a lot of questions on different ways to prepare these hens. The easiest way is soup, but no one wants to eat the a slightly different variation of soup every week. So we’ve come up with a few different ways to use them. Including this ragu which several people have tried and told us the whole family loved!

So here’s a different way! Tacos! Who doesn’t like tacos! And these are sure to please.

Here’s a video that explains the process. Below you’ll find the general ingredients that you’ll need.

What You’ll Need: 

1 Fisher Hill Farm Stewing Hen

1 Fisher Hill Farm Carrot

1 Fisher Hill Farm Red or White Onion

2 Ribs Celery

2 Cups chicken stock (homemade is best but store bought works)

Corn tortillas

Plain Yogurt

Cabbage (or kale or lettuce or whatever you can find/prefer)

Chili Powder, Cumin, salt and pepper – the rest is optional

What You’ll Do: 

Watch the video for the process. But a couple of footnotes:

-We’re working on a pickled red onion video and we’ll post that soon

-We use yogurt instead of sour cream because it’s easier to find locally and it’s better!

-Substitute flour tortillas if you prefer (We should do a flour tortilla recipe video!)

– We had leftover bacon from breakfast and so we chopped it up and included it

 

If you have questions or ideas or would like to see some recipes in video form let us know! We want to help! Thank you everyone for your support!