The Peking Duck, our honored guest, must have felt like he arrived in Heaven! The creek was an amazing haven to explore and relax. We tried to tether him, but no matter how we tied the rope to his foot, he untied it. Rather than keep him cooped up, we let him explore during the day and at night he was put up in the barn.
A Duck’s Paradise
Staying Close to Camp
For the most part, the drake stayed in the area close to the barn. Only once did he stray downstream, but he got frightened by the stronger current and never tried to pass that area again. I have to say I loved seeing him explore the creek.
Honored Guest Raised for Harvest
Like other animals on the homestead, each one must have a purpose. With an abundance of males, this ducks purpose quickly became evident. I was really proud of Faith. She didn’t grow up raising animals for food, but she has adapted well to the lifestyle and has been able to make the tuff choices necessary when raising animals. She did a great job not only raising the ducks, but also embraced the entire process.
The duck was butchered several days in advance so that the meat could properly rest and then we brined the duck for flavor and tenderness. I’ve actually never prepared duck, so Faith and I learned together how to prepare it.
Preparing the Meal
Faith prepared the duck with fresh herbs and seasonings and with the help of Danny, cooked the duck in a Dutch over over a bed of coals.
The whole family enjoyed a delicious dinner of roast duck, a real treat at Kowalski Mountain!
We used this recipe to prepare the duck.
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About the Author: Barbra-Sue Kowalski grew up on a small hobby farm. She was always drawn to farm life, however, she was stuck in an urban life far from her roots. Barbra-Sue was a single mom for 13 years, raising her 3 children on her own. She met Philip in 2018 and they married in 2021. Between the two of them, they have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. These empty nesters are following their dreams! As they both turn 50, they are building their off-grid homestead to live the life that they dream about. Learn more about Philip and Barbra-Sue here. Contact them here. To leave a comment on this post, please scroll down.