Good news everybody. Yes. You can absolutely freeze cooked duck. Whether it is cooked duck breasts, legs, shredded duck meat, a whole cooked duck confit, or even cooked peking duck!
The bottom line is. You can easily and successfully freeze any leftover duck meat in any form without compromising its delicious taste or texture.
Since I know that ducks are usually served on special occasions and get-togethers, there is always a big chance that there might be some duck meat leftovers. That’s why learning how to correctly store your leftover duck in the freezer is essential to prevent this flavorful, heavenly food from going to waste!
How to freeze cooked duck
- Make sure that the cooked ducks are cool enough and have reached room temperature before you transfer them to the freezer.
- You can either freeze the cooked ducks in their sauce, or as a part of a whole dish.
- Place the cooked ducks in a freezer-friendly container, plastic jar, or zip-lock bag.
However, there is a much safer way to store your duck, which is tightly wrapping the duck with tin foil or cling film to minimize the air present while it stays in the freezer. This should retain its high quality for as long as possible and eliminate any chance of freezer burns.
- Label the container containing the duck with the date of freezing and the name of the method the duck is cooked with.
How long can you freeze cooked duck?
It can withstand the freezer for up to 3 months. However, I do recommend reheating and enjoying it within the first few weeks of freezing, as you might notice slight changes in the texture of the meat as it stays longer in the freezer.
How to defrost cooked duck?
The best way to defrost the frozen cooked ducks is to just move it from the freezer to the fridge and allow it to thaw slowly overnight. It can take some time to completely defrost. That’s why you can also defrost duck meat in the microwave after adjusting it to “Defrost” setting. It shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes. Bear in mind, though, that the meat can turn a bit chewy after microwaving it.
How to reheat cooked duck
I always go with the oven method. All you have got to do is to just place the whole duck or duck breasts on a baking tray, cover the tray with tin foil so that the surface of the duck doesn’t dry, then move the tray to a preheated oven.
You can also place the ducks in a pan and reheat it on the stovetop. It should be perfect if you are planning to stir fry the defrosted duck meat.
The most important thing is to measure the temperature of the reheated duck meat using any type of food thermometer before serving. It should be over 75°c for at least 30 seconds or 80°c for at least 6 seconds. Don’t serve it if it hasn’t reached this temperature, continue heating it till it does.