All natural, Grade A whole duck, raised without antibiotics and vacuum-packed to retain natural juices and full flavor.
Care in storing and defrosting duckling is critical to prevent food-borne illness. Frozen duckling should be stored at 0°F.
- IN THE REFRIGERATOR: Whole birds may take 1 to 2 days. Never speed the process by leaving the duckling on the counter. Once defrosted, the duckling may be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days before cooking.
- IN COLD WATER: Do not remove the packaging. Make sure packaging is airtight or place in a leak-proof bag. Submerge the bird in cold water, changing the water every 30 minutes.
- IN THE MICROWAVE: Follow manufacturer’s instructions and plan to completely cook the duckling immediately after thawing. Do not refreeze without cooking.
ROASTING THE WHOLE DUCKLING
- Preheat the oven to 350° F, remove giblets and trim excess fat.
- Rinse and pat dry.
- Gently prick the skin.
- Truss legs loosely, if you prefer.
- Spray roasting pan with cooking spray.
- Place the bird, breast side up, on a rack in the pan.
- Roast duckling for 25 to 30 minutes per pound. Baste with pan juices every 20 to 30 minutes.
The duckling is done when the legs move freely, the juices run clear and the internal temperature at the leg joint reaches 180°F as measured with a meat thermometer.