Now that it has been a few years and we are now getting to be closer friends, I feel safe to share one of my most closely held secrets with you. Here it goes:
There! I feel so much better now that I have come out to you and my secret no longer can get in the way of our more honest friendship. But please, if you don’t mind, can we keep this just between the ten of us? Don’t tell anyone! Having the whole world know about this secret is the last thing I need.
I’m sure now that I’ve told you all sorts of culinary happenings from our mutual past will start to make more sense.
For instance, do you remember that time when I made for you a simple roasted chicken and potatoes for Sunday supper? You were thinking that the potatoes were the richest, most delicious oven-roasteds you had ever eaten? I knew this was true because you exclaimed, “my God, these are the richest, most delicious oven-roasteds I have ever had, how did you make these?”
I managed to avoid answering that question because, well, I wasn’t quite confortable sharing secrets with you then. Now you know my truth: I always keep a jar of rendered duck fat in the refrigerator. It is my ‘secret ingredient”for many of the dishes you rave about.
The last thing I need is for you to go out blab this all around town and cause a run on duck fat. The competition for spare duck fat my local butcher will step up and I might have to pay a fair price. Right now, my butcher practically gives the stuff away for free. He must not realize what gold he has in those duck scraps? So if we all stampede in there all at once asking for duck fat he will certainly get wise and raise the price.
So please, mum is the word. I’m telling you though, cook with it once and you will be determined to find a source all for yourself.
Sure, you can buy it fully rendered and ready-to-go, either online or at most specialty grocers and that is just fine for small jobs such as this one for duck fat popcorn or for roasting those heavenly potatoes. Rendering it yourself is pretty easy, however, and it will yield a tastier fat. If you’re nice I’ll show you how later.
Either way, its still a secret worth keeping. Shhhh….
Duck Fat Popcorn
Why can’t I keep my big mouth shut?