About this product
Delight in duck! Our pasture-raised Pekin ducks are tender, flavorful and rich. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton once had this to say about duck: "It’s a friendly, high-yield perfection. With its crispy skin and juicy meat, it’s the best of the birds; with its interesting depth of flavor, almost metallic iron-richness and relative cost, it rivals beef." We agree wholeheartedly, and we love to cook pastured duck for two reasons: the meat is delicious, and the fat that renders out is also amazing, and useful for cooking steak, vegetables or slathering on bread.
Our pastured ducks are carefully raised by our network of poultry farmers in the mid-Atlantic, where they graze freely and have ample access to fresh water for bathing. Their diet includes GMO-free grain, plus grasses and legumes foraged from the pasture. They are never fed any hormones, antibiotics or animal by-products. Does not include gizzards or neck.
Basic Cooking Technique
Score or prick the skin before cooking in order to allow the fat to render out (you can expect 2 cups rendered duck fat from a whole roasted duck. Strain the schmaltz into a clean jar and store in your refrigerator to use with vegetables, potatoes, steak, challah and more.) Roast whole, draining the fat off periodically. Then put your carcass to work making scrumptious stock. Duck is very rich -- even a little bit added to a salad will go a long way, so with creativity you can get a few meals out of one Whole Duck.
Peking Duck with Honey & Five-Spice Glaze (NY Times)
Roast Duck with Orange & Ginger (NY Times)
Roast Duck with Cumin, Lavender & Honey (Isaac Bernstein)
Products are packed with coolant during their journey to ensure they arrive in great shape. Meats will arrive frozen or refrigerated. Most of our products are shipped frozen; occasionally, due to a very quick turnaround between when the meats arrive at our freezing and distribution facility and when they are delivered to you, meats may be shipped fresh. Meat that is cold to the touch can be refrigerated for immediate use, or frozen for later use. Learn more.
*Price per pound is an estimate for comparison purposes only. Click on the "Details" tab to learn more.
Delicious, not too fatty, crispy skin. Would have been 5 stars if all feathers were removed.
I have ordered duck multiple times and this time...unfortunately...the duck was missing an entire wing (sharp broken bone) and the skin was in pieces. Disappointed.
My second time ordering duck for Thanksgiving from G&B, and I was very happy with the quality of the birds. They came out beautifully.
There were massive feathers & quills. I spent at least an hour plucking, singed it twice, a lot of plucking again Thanksgiving morning, even continued plucking during the roasting process. Although delicious, it was next to impossible to clean, and embarrassing to serve to guests. The boneless breasts were much cleaner and a better option.
The ducks had so many feathers left in the skin that it ruined my dish. I would be happy to furnish photos. Note from Grow & Behold: Reaching out directly. We do expect some pin feathers with the ducks due to the cold-water kosher plucking.
I just made the ducks for last Shabbat and ithey were awesome - so clean. Couldn't ask for better. Last time I made duck was many years ago & it was an awful experience. Your ducks were so wonderful & easy to deal with that I'm not going to wait so long again!!!
I ordered two whole ducks from G&B for Thanksgiving this year at the last minute. Not only did they deliver them on time, the ducks looked beautiful. This was my first time roasting ducks, and they came out perfectly. The meat was succulent and tender, and my whole family loved them.
This year we couldn't have the usual crowd for Thanksgiving, just one also isolating friend; so I thought we needed something extra special to celebrate and bought the 5 pound duck, which I cooked according to the recipe on the site. It was fabulous, maybe the best quality duck I've ever had, moist, tender and flavorful, perfect with my warm red cabbage and apple salad. A lovely meal.
I bought it because my husband loves duck. For the price, there was very little meat save for the drum sticks. Perhaps that's normal?
How Many Pieces Will I Receive?
Our frozen meats are packaged in vacuum-sealed packages. Most packages contain one piece (ie, one Brisket). Some packages will contain two pieces (ie, Lamb Chops). Packages of smaller items, such as Chicken Wings or Pepper Steak, will contain multiple pieces.
For red meat items and multi-pack poultry items, vacuum-sealed packages may be packed in a cardboard box. If there is an option to choose how many packages you'd like in the box, you'll make that selection under "Customize Your Order." Then you'll choose your preferred weight (that is, the combined weight of all the the packages in that box.) If only one choice is showing in a green box, you do not need to make any selection.
Example: Lamb Chops
Let's say you're ordering Lamb Chops and you select the following:
You've chosen: 2 packages, ~1.1 lb, and the price shows $39.99.
You’ll receive 1 box, with 2 packages of lamb chops inside.
Each package will contain 2 lamb chops. You’ll have 4 lamb chops in total. We always try to pack similar-sized items, but you may find that some chops are slightly larger and some are slightly smaller.
How Much Does It Weigh?
We use weight ranges in order to keep our fulfillment system practical and manageable for items with variable weights (for example steaks. Packages of deli meats which are not sold by weight range as we can pack them by exact weight). The ranges are as small as practically possible to minimize the variation between the Selected Weight and the actual weght you receive. Because of this, if the price per pound is shown as "price/lb*", the *" indicates that it is an estimate for comparison purposes only, since the price associated with the selected weight is the price for all items within that weight range.
This chart shows the potential weight variance for selected weights on our site:
|Selected Weight||Potential Weight Variance|
|under ~0.95 lb||+/- 0.15 lb|
|~1 lb to ~3.9 lb||+/- 0.25 lb|
|~4 lb to ~10 lb||+/- 0.5 lb||over ~10 lb||+/- 1 lb|
- An item with a Selected Weight of ~1.5 lb could weigh as much as 1.75 lb or as little as 1.25 lb
- An item with a Selected Weight of ~5 lb could weigh as much as 5.5 lb or as little as 4.5 lb
We keep the ranges as small as practically possible to minimize the variation you might receive. Sometimes you will receive a bit more than the listed weight, and sometimes a bit less. Our customers find that on average they receive what they are expecting. But if you find that your actual weights in an order are all below the listed average, please snap a picture of the weight labels and send it over to us, and we'll be happy to make things right.