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Duck Prosciutto....


It just sounds delicious doesn't it?

It is

You can make it

It's easy

Here's how:

Get two duck breasts.  In my case that involved buying ducklings in the spring and raising them all summer.  You might want to just go to the store.  It's OK, I understand.

 
 
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Step 1:

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If you have a whole duck cut off the breasts.  Leave the skin on but cut off any dangley bits.

Step 2:

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Get a shallow glass or plastic container (don't use metal it can react with the salt and make off flavors) that the duck breasts fit in comfortably.

Chop

1 tablespoon thyme

1 tablespoon sage

Pour

Enough kosher salt to cover the bottom of the container by 3/4"

Sprinkle

Half the herbs on the salt.

Step 3:

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Place

The duck breasts skin side up on the salt/herbs.

Step 4:

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Sprinkle

The other half of the herbs on top of the breasts.

Cover

The breasts with more salt.

Wrap

The container in plastic and refrigerate for 24 hours.  The salt will draw out moisture from the meat and the herbs will infuse it with their flavor and aroma.

Step 5:

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Remove

The duck from the salt and wash the salt and herbs off with cold water.

Pat

The breasts dry.  They need to be totally dry.

Grind 

2 teaspoons white pepper over the breasts.  I used black 'cause that's what I had.

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Wrap

The breasts in cheese cloth- traditional

or any other cotton cloth you have on hand- pragmatic

Tie

The ends off with string or use bag closers like I did.

Hang 

Somewhere cool and not in direct light.  Make sure there is plenty of ventilation.

Wait 

About a week.  Check it and see if the meat has taken on the consistency of prosciutto.  If so, great!   If not, check it again in a day.

spike3579 (author) 1 year ago
Sure, Then you would be making Pancetta or Itallian bacon.
could you do this with pork belly?
Bubblerich2 years ago
Great instructable Spike!

With the leftover wings, legs and thighs you should make duck confit.

Here's a good recipe:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Duck-Confit-102313

Bruce
spike3579 (author)  Bubblerich2 years ago
Good point! I did make duck confit with the rest of the ducks and it was delicious. Thanks for posting a recipe.
I think you should add a LITTLE sugar to the recipe. Not enough to taste, but enough to balance the salt.
spike3579 (author)  Mark_in_Hollywood2 years ago
I'm sure you could but I didn't see any mention of sugar in the three recipes I referenced. The final product isn't overly salty. Couldn't hurt. Try it and let us know...
how long will it keep hung?
spike3579 (author)  iminthebathroom2 years ago
I think it will last indefinitely. Salt curing developed as a way to preserve things before there was refrigeration. I live in a very arid environment and if I left it out too long I'd just have duck jerky. When it gets to a consistency I want I take it down and store it in the fridge wrapped in plastic. I have some from my last batch that has been in there for 2 months and it's still great.
scoochmaroo2 years ago
Wow, that is intense!
spike3579 (author)  scoochmaroo2 years ago
YUM
OOOOOh, my goodness, guess what I'm doing after work today!
spike3579 (author)  iminthebathroom2 years ago
Do it! You'll be psyched a week from now.