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Is it safe to air cure duck legs for 3 days for duck confit? My recipe says to cure for "up to" 3 days. Most recipes suggest no longer than 2!

I let my duck confit cure for 3 days now in the fridge, but I am concerned about the safety. It smells strong-- a little gamey. Is that just the curing process or did I go too long. I am referring to the recipe by Melissa clark in "Dinner in an Instant".

asked by jopqa 7 months ago

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Nancy
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added 7 months ago

The Melissa Clark duck confit recipe here at food52 recommends 24-36 hrs.
https://food52.com/recipes...
Still tasty website (with US govt sources on food safety) recommends 1-2 days in fridge for raw duck.
http://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/17121
I would also be concerned about safety.

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jopqa
added 7 months ago

Hi- thanks so much for your answer. I am familiar with the recipe that you reference however in her instant pot cookbook she clearly says “up to 3 days” which is well beyond 36 hours.

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Nancy
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added 7 months ago

So, it sounds like you want to follow Clark's recipe from the cookbook.

jopqa
added 7 months ago

The problem is that I already had left it for 3 days to cure, following the recipe, but after I smelled it and it seemed a little strong to me, I went back to other sources to see if there was anything to back up her recipe’s recommendation. Then, I couldn’t find much and it made me that much more concerned. It is such a disappointment to scrap a project (and a waste of money to boot!) that you have invested in. So, I was hoping for some reassurance from the Food52 hotline. To add, I was wondering if there was any use in thinking that pressure cooking for 70 minutes (as the recipe instructs) does any damage control, ie kills bacteria.

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added 7 months ago

Here are some sources who might have answers (all interested in the science of cooking):
Harold McGee
Shirley Corriher
Nathan Myrvahld (approx spelling).
Serious Eats in its duck config article/recipe only ages the duck 24 he.

jopqa
added 7 months ago

Thank you!

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