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Duck in the Slow Cooker

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We butchered some ducks, placed them in food saver bags and froze them. Some had skin on, some no skin.

For today's ducks, I selected one with, and one without skin. For aesthetic reasons, I browned them in butter in a frying pan. I liberally sprinkled seasoned salt and poultry seasoning on the bird.

Hubby said it could have been saltier. In a cooking bag, I would have used some fry magic coating mix, which would supply the missing salty taste.

Next time, perhaps...

Ingredients

  • 2 ducks
  • butter
  • onion
  • celery
  • salt
  • mushrooms
  • sweet peppers
  • minced garlic
  • seasoned salt
  • poultry seasoning
  • bacon

I also browned the minced onion, celery, peppers, and mushrooms.

Another cook said that cheesecloth made removing the ducks from the Crock-Pot easier, so I cut a piece of cheesecloth for each duck. Since ducks produce an enormous amount of fat, I crumpled 6 balls of foil to place in the slow cooker beneath the wrapped birds.

The browned vegetables got dumped on top of the ducks. No extra water was added to the pot. Timer set for 8 hours on low heat.

Ducks, thawed

Ducks, thawed

Celery, onions, pepper

Celery, onions, pepper

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Mince

Mince

Melt butter in frying pan

Melt butter in frying pan

No skin duck, brown in butter

No skin duck, brown in butter

Duck with skin, brown in butter

Duck with skin, brown in butter

Foil to make crumpled foil balls

Foil to make crumpled foil balls

Foil balls

Foil balls

I didn't notice much browning

I didn't notice much browning

Vegies starting to brown

Vegies starting to brown

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Cheesecloth

Cheesecloth

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Wrap on cheese cloth

Wrap on cheese cloth

Vegies and butter to be scraped out into ducks

Vegies and butter to be scraped out into ducks

Same

Same

On top of ducks

On top of ducks

Cover on

Cover on

Eight hours on low

Eight hours on low

The cooked bacon pieces were added as an afterthought, just for a little extra flavor.

Duck steaming

Duck steaming

Bacon is softening

Bacon is softening

After 8 hours, fall off the bone tender

After 8 hours, fall off the bone tender

Carving, or removing bones

Carving, or removing bones

Bones

Bones

Duck meat

Duck meat

Breast

Breast

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Very good!

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