People eat ducks?

@shaggin (71655)
United States
December 30, 2010 7:35am CST
I was on facebook a few days ago and a girl on my friends list wrote that she was making duck for dinner. I guess I was a little shocked as I didnt think people really ate duck. I suppose its not really much different then eating a chicken but it just caught me off guard. I am a vegetarian and have been for 20 years so I have never eaten much meat. Just chicken, turkey and beef I'd say but that was only from the time I was little until I was 7 then I decided to not eat meat anymore. I have never eaten anything odd like squid or anything like that. Duck seems an odd thing for people to eat.
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@marguicha (215134)
• Chile
30 Dec 10
I have eaten duck many times and it is a wonderful meat. But to like duck, you have to like meat, of course. I am a meat eater and I am willing to try almost anything that is placed before me, except fast food which doesn´t agree with my stomach. Different ethnias eat different meats according to where they live. I was mildly shocked (until I read more about it) about the use os lizards in New Orleans traditional foods. The last time I went to Perú I ate an awesome guinea pig. It tasted better that rabbits and rabbit meat is something I love. I make squids at home, either fried with olive oil and garlic and served hot or cold with a black olive paste. YUMMY!!!
@shaggin (71655)
• United States
30 Dec 10
See things like this really shock me but I think its always amazing to learn new things like this. I've never heard of anyone ever eating lizards or guinea pigs. I'm glad you enjoyed eating the guinea pig though. My ex was that way he would eat anything as long as he only had to eat it and not kill it himself. To me eating an animal that would be a pet seems weird but I guess thats part of the food chain right.
@marguicha (215134)
• Chile
31 Dec 10
I have eaten frogs (I prefer chicken), ostrich (didn´t like it) whale (when I was little, didn´t like it) rabbits (love it) partridge, quails and birds (love them) and could go on, just to talk of earth animals. We have many seafood in my country as it´s a long country that is bathed on one side by the Pacific Ocean. I have eaten all sorts of seafood, plus many algae that belongs to this part of the world. As you can see, a duck is something rather normal. As for animals being pets, I have seen people have big spiders as pets. For me, only dogs are domestic. Happy posting!
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Wow thats neat. I also never knew that there are people who eat ostrich or whales. It must be kind of neat to try all those different things. I like to try all new kinds of food but I wont eat meat so I will never have the taste of these animals. I thought it was illegal to kill whales but wow they are so big I can imagine they would feed so many people! I have 3 cats. In the United states cats are also domesticated animals and I dont think its legal here to kill them for food.
@GreenMoo (11834)
1 Jan 11
I don´t understand what is odd about eating duck? Or any other sort of meat, to be honest. I rarely eat duck as it´s a bit of a treat for us, but we had it for Christmas dinner. It arrived still quacking, so I had to kill and prepare it myself, but it was a delicious meal none the less. Once I have made some space in my animal house I hope to get some ducklings myself.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
4 Jan 11
I guess I just never realized people actually eat certain types of animals because my family never did. I dont know if my friends families ever did either. Its possible that because its mroe expensive that is why I havent heard of people eating it in our area before. We live in a very low income area. Maybe next Christmas I can find duck meat somewhere and have my mother cook it up. I wont eat it but then they can try it. I wonder if my parents have ever eaten duck.
@shaggin (71655)
• United States
5 Jan 11
Hmm I think its illegal in the United states to eat horses lol. They are huge though I bet there would be a lot of meat they could get from them. I've never been to a fancy resturant thats probably why I never noticed duck on the menu. The only resturants I've been to besides fast food restaurants are applebees, outback, tgifridays things like that.
@GreenMoo (11834)
5 Jan 11
That´s a really good point. I don´t think I ever ate duck at home before I started keeping them myself. I just ate it in restaurants (it´s one of my favourite meats) as a special occasion meal. Cultural preferences play a part too. In the UK for instance, horse meat is pretty unusual but they don´t think so in France. Where I live now, many people (including us) eat rabbit and you can buy it easily in the butcher´s shop. Many people who come to stay with us have never eaten it before though.
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@flagella08 (5065)
• Philippines
20 Jan 11
we have a lot of ducks here in our area and we're eating them for main meals. we make delicious dishes on ducks like putting something sweet and sour sauces. we also make tasty roast duck. it's a real new year treat.Duck tends to be greasy however, the way that I prepare duck seems to eliminate much of the grease and it turns out crispy, juicy and tasty. You don't get much meat from one duck so for entertaining large groups you may need at least two medium sized ducks to serve.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
20 Jan 11
Well I guess thats one way of getting rid of a duck problem lol. I wonder if you could roast them in one of those turkey roasting ovens. It seems like it might make them cripsier. I bought my parents a turkey roasting oven for Christmas this year but they havent had a chance to use it yet. I know they wont be cooking duck on it though since in the 27 years I've been alive they've never served duck.
@madteaparty (2748)
• Japan
30 Dec 10
Well, duck actually is a pretty common thing to eat. The taste is not exactly like chicken, I would describe it as a little stronger and less juicy. Almost a little dry. There are many ways to cook duck, but I suppose the most famous one is orange duck, cooked with oranges. As you're a vegetarian, of course I'm not going to recommend you to try it but at least I hope my explanation helped you to get an idea about how the taste of a duck is like
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
30 Dec 10
Its hard for me to figure what things taste like as far as if things are juicy or dry when it comes to meat because I was 7 when I stopped eating it and its been 20 years since I ate it so I dont really remember what it tastes like. I see people putting pineapple on meat and things like that but to me that seems like it would be so gross to eat fruit on meat. So orange duck sounds like it would be terrible to me lol.
@shaggin (71655)
• United States
30 Dec 10
I know people eat cheese pizza with pineapple on it. I like to try almost anything as long as it isnt meat but thats one thing I just cant bring myself to try is eating fruit on something like that. To me fruit is good in warm pies or chilled and eaten that way. I just cant see it tasting good on pizza or meat but I'm sure there are plenty of people who do like it!
@marguicha (215134)
• Chile
30 Dec 10
I would not say mixing fruits and meat is gross. It´s just different and you would not try it. Pork and turkey go along with apples, cranberies and prunes. There are other fruits that mix well with other meats. My grandchildren´s favorite pizza (I invented it) is sea fruit and pineapple.
@momof3kids (1894)
• Singapore
31 Dec 10
Wow what a lot of responses. Usually I would read the responses to see if I could contribute something diffrent but I am reaching my limited time to mylot so I apologise if my response is less original. I have eaten duck too but its nothing compared to what I am about to tell you. My father is much of an experimenter and he has cooked tongues (of goats) and its delicious. Its crunchy and because my father added spices, it has me licking the plate! Sorry if I am being insentive to your being vegetarian. BTW have you tried vegetarian food cooked by Hindu Indians? I have to have them everytime I see them. They are sooooo lip smacking good.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I think the only food I have ever tried that was indian was Baclava or however that is spelled. Thats really good. Ick eating tongues of any animal sounds so gross. It seems like you would feel the texture of it on your tounge. That would make me gag. I dont think your being insensitive to my vegetarism at all! If you like eating meat then you should talk about it. I dont eat it thats my choice and you eating meat is your choice. The only time I get mad is when I hear stories of people hunting and loving to kill animals. Its one thing to kill an animal for food but its another thing entirely to kill animals just for fun.
• Singapore
1 Jan 11
Hey I may just feel you pinching me here. When i was young (about 4 or five) i loving torturing ants. But i am glad (thanks to my mom i guess) it didnit make me a serial killer (they say serial killer start with torturing cats and small animal like that)..lol!!
@Itulung (107)
• India
31 Dec 10
lol. shaggin... you better come to our place..you might probably die of shock... lol... Nagalang is our place... and we are also known as the head hunters... you see... some people even eat snakes.. :-D.. and mice.. the white one.. some even eat caterpellars.. they roast it and eat it... people here eat deer... tiger... grasshopper.. hahhaha.. we nagas eat almost everything... lol... not everyone eats though.. heee... ;)
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Where is Nagalang? I have heard of people eating grubs and insects. I know snails is considered a delicacy in france I believe it is. I'd never want to eat grubs or insects or slugs or anything like that ick. I suppose if we were starving we might eat whatever we could though. I'm guessing that in your country grasshopper and caterpillars are probably considered a delicacy. Its so interesting the things other countries do that is very different from ours. In the United states people eat deer as well.
• Singapore
1 Jan 11
Hi Itulang Here in Singapore, the Indian Singaporeans have restaurants that serve Curry Fish Heads and to you shagging to make you squirm, the eyeballs of these fish dishes are fought over for. When I get it, the 'meat' on the eyeballs taste like squishy jelly. Because they are soaked with curry spice, they are so delicious and in the centre there is this hard ball which is not edible. That I threw out.
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• United States
31 Dec 10
I've eaten ducks, but I stopped because I began to love ducks and can't bear to think of one being eaten (unless it's a really mean, nasty drake). They actually taste pretty good, but very fatty. Many people hunt and eat wild ones, too. It's a little expensive, but when we could afford it, we would have it for Christmas dinner alongside a turkey or ham.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Aww well thats a nice reason to stop eating ducks lol. I stopped eating meat when I was 7 for the same reason. If duck is very fatty I'm surprised to hear so many people like it as I know most people pick the fat off their meat before they will eat it. I dont know what fat tastes like and I feel like gagging just thinking about it lol. That is nice that when you can afford it you have a large variety of meat for people to choose on the holidays.
@MsTickle (25180)
• Australia
4 Jan 11
Duck l'orange - A lovely dish using duck breast and of course oranges. The recipe I checked also used an orange likure.
I've only had duck twice and it was delicious. I tried Peking Duck both times. Duck can be very dry but it is also quite oily so it has to be cooked carefully. Duck l'orange is also a famous dish. We can buy frozen duck at the supermarket and I really must have a go at cooking one for myself one day. I'll have to find a good recipe.
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@Bionicman (3958)
• Czech Republic
4 Jan 11
I'm surprised someone thinks it's uncommon. Duck tastes 100x better than chicken. It's also much more expensive so we used to have it only on special occasions. But I'm also a vegetarian like you for 7 years now so no ducks for me.
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@sandymay16 (1617)
• Philippines
30 Dec 10
haven't you heard of Peking duck? That's duck cooked in Chinese style. it's really like eating chicken or turkey. And it's not odd eating cooked duck Although it's like also someone who is shocked to learn that there are people who don't eat meat and say that's odd. I have tried eating duck cooked in different ways but not too often because it's more expensive than chicken. anyways, each to her own eating habits.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
30 Dec 10
Well I guess just because I didnt know people actually eat duck that it seems so strange to me. But I suppose it shouldnt be considered any different then eating chicken but like you said if its more expensive maybe thats why I've never heard of anyone eating it because they cant afford it around here or something. I am a vegetarian and I understand people eat meat. Some people do act really weirded out that I dont eat meat they will be like omg what do you eat then.
@bounce58 (17387)
• Canada
31 Dec 10
I've been to a few Chinese restaurants here and there, but non have a more exotic menu as the restaurants when I was working and living in Asia. I could remember seeing a 'Peking duck' dish when I look at the menu. It was interesting, but I never really thought of ordering it. It's not one of the more common meat, I guess.
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@narnia007 (1050)
• India
30 Dec 10
You must tast duck oneday.It does not have much flesh like chicken,but they taste so superb.I ate it accidently in a hotel.They are one of leading hotels in my area and they gave so much tasty chicken and that at very cost.One day,I was with a professor and when he tasted it,he told me,surely its a duck as no chicken had such long legs.I hadn't noticed till then I had ate a duck leg thinking its a chicken with long legs.I asked the hotel manager,then he confessed his little secret about duck meat.Guess what,after that I started to go to the hotel often especially to have duck fry.
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@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
Well I am a vegetarian for ethical reasons so I will never eat meat. I eat veggie patties which are made to taste like chicken or beef etc. Maybe someday they will come out with duck tasting veggie patties and then maybe I will have a better idea of what eating duck would be like without having to actually eat the real duck meat. That is terrible that the resturant lied like that. I'm glad that you enjoyed the duck and learned to eat something new but someone could have an allergy to something and its very important for resturants to be honest in what the ingredients are.
31 Dec 10
I have eaten things like squid and duck before. I really do love my meat, i had squid by accident, i was on holiday and i just filled my plate with stuff but didn't know what it was, a friend pointed out i was eating squid, i didn't beleive him and was enjoying my food, i went for 2nds and he told me to look on the top of the counter above the plates i was taking the food from as these were signs that shows what the food is, he was right, i was eating squid, but i did enjoy it. Another friend mentioned to me a few months ago as to how good duck is. I decided to buy it to give it a try and it was a complete waste of my money, i was so close to vommiting, it was awful, i will now really only stick to the proper meats i like, like ham, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, pork, etc.
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• United States
31 Dec 10
I think its weird to eat ducks too! Ive been a meat eater all my life but I would never eat a duck, it just seems weird. Ive raised ducks before and I dont see how they would taste good, but I am sure they taste like chicken or something. Not really something I will ever try. My grandmother is from Denmark and she always makes duck for the holidays, must just be in some traditions.
@shaggin (71655)
• United States
31 Dec 10
I think I just realized why I find eating duck so odd. I think its because its kind of a pet. They waddle around farms and I cant imagine eating an animal that I could ever consider a pet. I have learned so much from this discussion though. There are so many places that eat very strange animals but to them it is probably not strange it is probably normal but to me living in the United states eating things like cats and rats is just weird lol.
@derek_a (10874)
30 Dec 10
Yes, people eat ducks and I have seen them on the menu quite often in restaurants here in the UK. I can't say that I like them very much as they always seem a little greasy to me and have a little too much fat. I used to be vegetarian for a period of about 10 years, but I became quite ill on the diet so had to go back to eating meat, but I can't say that I really like eating it and really dislike fat. _Derek
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@VANILLAREY (1470)
• India
31 Dec 10
Different people eat different meat. For many people Turkey would be as odd meal. In the end it is a bird and meat. Frogs and snakes are also specialties in some places. If you were raised in an environment which ate ducks, then you would not have thought of it as strange.
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@Downwindz (2537)
• Netherlands
31 Dec 10
Hello Shaggin As a vegetarion I guess you find many types of meat odd to eat beside of the most standard knowns, chicken, cattle and pork. In Denmark we actually commonly eat duck or goose for Christmas eve dinner - It is some sort of traditional food just like turkey is with Thanksgiving.
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• United States
31 Dec 10
yeah, people really eat duck! Here there is duck hunting season too. We even raised ducks for awhile. you can cook it sort of like a roast. But I really like its taste. It has a rich taste that really cannot be described real well. But it's pretty good! I just haven't had it in a long time!
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@polaris77 (2040)
• Bacau, Romania
30 Dec 10
In my country eating duck isn't an unusual thing,although it's not as common as chicken or pork,so I don't find it odd at all,but what seems to be normal in a culture may appear odd in another one.I saw several documentaries on television about other nations and their favourite food and I saw that many people eat stuff which is really odd for me,but it's perfectly normal for them.So,in the end,no matter what you eat,the important thing is to enjoy your meal.
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@cazkins (72)
31 Dec 10
In the UK there's usually frozen duck in supermarkets and in some more 'upper class' restaurants, and like others have said, it's a speciality for some Chinese/Oriental dishes. I personally could never eat it. I'm a big meat eater but I'm also quite a fussy eater, so without meats like chicken or pork I wouldn't be left with too much variety in my diet! If it wasn't for that, I'd prefer to be a vegetarian because I hate the thought of actually eating what was one a living, breathing animal, but I guess I've gotten used to the meats I do eat since a young age so I try not to think too much about where it comes from. For me, duck isn't something I'd want to eat (they were once fluffy duckings after all!) but it's also not hugely popular compared to other meats so it's easily avoidable. Sea life is something I have a problem with; I don't eat fish so I couldn't touch something like squid either!
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