The Farmstead Kitchen- Duck Eggs

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Summer’s here, the grass is lush, the trees and weeds glow emerald. Every year it is simply breathtaking to behold this magical transformation. It is truly the most fulfilling time of year for pastured animals and the people who tend them!

The lady ducks are doing SO awesome, enjoying their rotational grazing paddocks where they forage among the grass, milkweed, brambles, bushes and goldenrod for tasty treats. The yolks of their eggs are golden and vibrant, reflecting all the nutritious goodies they feast on each day. 11221840_10152746531777751_1671917935355263859_n

We’re excited to have our Duck Eggs available at a few new places this year, including Fresh and Natural Foods in Hudson, WI and served at Broder’s Terzo Vino Bar and Le Town Talk Diner in Minneapolis. Support the awesome food establishments who are making the effort to work directly with small scale, local and sustainable farmers! We’d also love to extend our on-going appreciation for the Twin City Co-ops who regularly stock our pastured Duck Eggs on their shelves: Lakewinds, Mississippi Market, Wedge, Seward, Linden Hills, Eastside, River Market, and also Willy Street’s 2 locations in Madison, WI.

Here are a couple of delicious Duck Egg recipes:

Anyone-Can-Do-This “Omelet”

Sautee a handful of (any kind of) mushrooms and onions in olive oil on medium heat, until the mushrooms soften and then just begin to turn a bit dry, then crack 2 duck eggs on top, break the yolks and swirl around to get the eggs to completely cover the mushroom and onion pieces. Salt and pepper, turn off the heat and then cover the pan (leave it on the burner to soak up residual heat) and let it sit ten minutes. Slow cooking Duck Eggs will lead to the most unbelieveable silky texture! The meaty/woodsy flavor of the mushrooms is ridiculously complimentary to the richness of the eggs. I know you will enjoy!11220913_10152813842697751_2572291420390475465_n10419618_10152813842997751_4206226250641488458_nDuck Eggs with Wild Greens

Gather a generous handful of nettles, lambsquarters or any other wild green you have growing, or use kale or chard. Chop and sautee in olive oil with a bit of green pepper, onion and garlic, then crack a couple of duck eggs on top. Turn down the heat to low/medium, and as soon as you can flip the eggs, do that and finish cooking to your desired doneness. This is a splendid way to get the amazing nutrition from wild greens, and is a perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Duck Egg Power Breakfast Salad!

Fry up a bit of Pastured Pork Breakfast sausage and a duck egg as well. Shred and serve on top of a bed of spinach, with a spicy and probiotic kimchi and drizzle some of the juice on top as a “dressing.” We are currently in love with the Daikon and Ramp Kimchi (her original classic one is fantabulous as well!) made my our dear friend Angelica of Angelica’s Garden, which you can pick up at many of the Co-ops in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Don’t you just want to shove your face into that salad?!

 

 

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10 comments

  • Elizabeth manczko

    Is there any way to visit the farm? I am interested in purchasing duck eggs.

  • We can set something up for sure, where are you coming from?

  • I’m coming from the Chicago area and thinking about driving up July 18th or 19th.. Are these good dates to visit.? PleAse feel free to email me.

  • Hello! I am a new duck owner and my ducks have begun laying eggs. I have done some research on washing the duck eggs and not washing them, but my ducks love mud so they eggs are rather dirty. I would not like to crack a dirty egg in fear that the dirt/poo will fall into the egg I want to eat. Do you wash your duck eggs and how? Or do you have a way to keep them mud/poo free to prevent having to wash them? I am super excited to have these ducks and eat their eggs!

  • Use a trickle of warm water to clean any dirtied eggs, this will remove the debris while helping the pores of the shell push out any potential contaminants as well. Keeping the bedding in the nests clean helps to keep eggs cleaner as well, and encouraging your ducks to lay in “hidden” nests versus ones that are in high traffic areas helps as well. Have fun with your ducks, and make sure to lock them up safely at night, this is when they are very vulnerable to predators.

  • Thank you so much Khaiti! I do lock them up and night. My husband made a wonderful house and covered run for them. They will be the happiest ducks and will lay many eggs I hope!

  • I hatched 7 Ancona born on the Fourth of July. They are now a delight and given me 3 eggs every morning. I think 4 are drakes (curley tail feathers). Today I noticed one girl has a raw back of her neck. Should I rehome 3 of the drakes?
    I enjoy them so much and love the eggs so much that I ordered 12 golden 300 fertile eggs and they have been in the incubator 10 days now. My brooder has 10 – 3 day old chicks in it now. When the ducks hatch in 18 days cann I put them together in the brooder or would there be problems (temperature, conflict by age…….)
    I can make another brooder if necessary but would like to avoid the expense. ( I am a scotch Irish Presbyterian )

  • Yes, that’s too many boys for the number of girls, I’d suggested one boy max for 3-4 females. The chicks and ducklings should do fine together, except the ducklings will be very messy as I’m sure you remember, and can get the chicks soaking wet so that’s the only thing, but if it is just a few and you keep an eye on the situation and the brooder as clean as possible, they should get along just fine. Watch that the chicks aren’t too aggressive towards the ducklings though, maybe let the newly hatched ones have a smaller area in the brooder at first if possible, just so they can get on their feet without being harrassed too much.

  • thanks very much.

    I love all my birds (including a peafowl pair) But the ducks are the most rewarding.

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