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Since discovering that we could buy fresh Aylesbury marylands (drumstick and thigh portion) at Haverick Meats, duck has become a staple food in our house.  It’s surprisingly good value – the meat is so rich that just a couple of pieces are enough to feed my entire family!

Edit: Good news! I’ve just been told by the handsome Pave at Haverick’s that the duck marylands are coming from Thirlmere Poultry (whose ducks are all free-range).

I confitted ten marylands using this recipe by Maggie Beer…

  • 10 duck marylands
  • 200g fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons each fresh rosemary and thyme leaves
  • 5 bay leaves
  • enough rendered duck fat to cover – about a litre (or olive oil)

1. In a small food processor or blender, blitz the salt, herbs and bay leaves together. Rub this all over the duck pieces and refrigerate for 4 – 6 hours – the original recipe suggests overnight, but I find that makes the duck too salty for our liking.  I prepped my duck at lunchtime, and then put them into the oven after dinner.

2. Rinse the duck pieces well and dry them with a paper towel.   Preheat oven to 90C (not fan forced).  Pack the duck pieces as closely together as possible in a baking dish or casserole – Maggie says you can layer them up to two deep.

3. Heat the duck fat very gently in a saucepan until just melted, and pour over the duck pieces until they’re completely covered. If you like, tuck a couple more bay leaves and sprigs of rosemary into the oil.  I used a ceramic roasting pan, but next time I’ll use my large casserole pot, as it was impossible to get the roaster out of the oven without sloshing duck fat everywhere!

4. Cover the dish – I used foil – and bake for 10 hours (overnight), after which time the meat will be extremely tender and falling off the bone.  If you wanted to serve the pieces whole, you might wish to reduce the cooking time substantially (Raymond Blanc suggests 3 hours).

5. Carefully ladle out the clear duck fat, taking care to avoid any coloured stock settled at the bottom of the pan. To store the marylands, scatter a little salt at the bottom of a large casserole dish (to stop the juices going rancid), then pack the pieces in as tightly as possible.  Completely cover with the clear duck fat and store in the fridge.  As an aside, I asked my food chemist friend Lee about storing confit duck – here is his reply.

6. Carefully pour the remaining fat and juices into a bowl and pop it into the fridge.  After a few hours, the fat will set at the top and can be scooped off and stored, and a jellied stock will be left at the bottom of the bowl. This is gold. Unlike regular stocks which are made with water, these are the concentrated juices of the cooked duck.  I store mine in small containers in the freezer (you’ll only need a little bit to flavour a whole dish) .

Duck Rillettes

I stored six of the marylands whole and used the remaining four to make Maggie’s Duck Rilletes.  The skin and bones were discarded, and the meat finely shredded. An extra tablespoon of chopped rosemary fried in a little duck fat was stirred through the meat, which was then packed tightly into tea cups and topped with a bay leaf.

A thin layer of melted duck fat was poured over the top of each serve to seal it.  The Rillettes were stored in the fridge, and the fat scraped off before serving.  They were delicious served with a crusty sourdough and bread and butter pickles.

My friend and neighbour Maude created an amazing pasta dish using the Rillette that I gave her – she fried chopped Tuscan Kale and garlic in olive oil, then combined it with the shredded duck meat and stirred it through hot pasta.

I made a variation of this for dinner last night using chopped spinach from the garden and a couple of skinned and shredded marylands, as we’d eaten all the Rillettes. I also added a spoonful of the jellied duck stock, which intensified all the flavours.  As we already had confit duck in the fridge, we were able to turn out a delicious meal in the time it took the pasta to boil!

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Sydney carnivores take note – Haverick Meats is now open to the public!

I first read about this fabulous wholesaler on Not Quite Nigella (thanks Lorraine!) but only recently made the trek to Banksmeadow to check them out.  They’re one of Sydney’s leading meat suppliers, providing produce to some of our finest hatted restaurants, including Tetsuya’s and Bilson’s.

Their retail outlet is only open on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm. It’s not a huge space, but every item is of superb quality, and many are vacuum sealed in thick Cryovac packaging, ensuring a long shelf life in the fridge.

Larger cuts, like the pasture-fed striploin below, can be sliced and portioned on request…

These meat trays are the bargain buy at Haverick’s – a far cry from any pub raffle prize, and great value at $70 for over $100 worth of meat.  Each contains enough premium meat to feed my family of wolves five times over, working out at a very economical $14 a meal, or $3.50 per person.

On our last visit, we bought fresh Aylesbury Duck marylands – Haverick’s is the only place I’ve found that sells this cut unfrozen…

…some lamb mince and local diced lamb…

…and one of the meat trays for our neighbour Dredgey, who’d given us some money to spend for him.  His box included certified Angus rump and sirloin steaks, Otway free range pork cutlets, free range lamb loin chops, and Italian style pork and beef sausages…

Haverick Meats is definitely worth a Saturday morning visit.

Don’t be intimidated by the industrial setting – the shop is staffed by cheerful, approachable butchers who are extremely knowledgeable without being the least bit condescending. They patiently fielded my annoying questions about where the meat came from and how it had been reared. If you’re after a cut which isn’t on display, they’ll be more than happy to go into the warehouse and search it out for you.

We found the prices very reasonable, but what really shone through was the quality of the meat on offer.  And strange as this might sound, the outlet had a lovely vibe to it – everyone who worked there was smiling, relaxed and glad to see us.  It was a very pleasant way to spend a little time over the weekend.

If you do go, take along a cold bag and some cash or your EFTPOS card, as there’s a 1.5% surcharge for credit cards. Remember to take a sweater as well, as the showroom is basically a fridge – although there are jackets available for loan if required.

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Haverick Meats
13-15 Green Street
Banksmeadow NSW 2019
Phone: 02 9316 8900

Open to the public: Saturdays 9am to 2pm

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