How to Render Duck Fat & Other Important Matters
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“Rendered Duck Fat”

Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 1 pound fat yields 1 cup rendered fat


  • 1 pound duck fat
  • Water
  • Jar


  • Place the fat in a skillet or pot and add water so it reaches about halfway up the sides of the fat.
  • Set the burner to its lowest setting and let the liquid simmer for 60-90 minutes.
  • When it starts to look as though the simmer is dying down, watch the fat carefully. It should be a warm golden color, with smaller bubbles. As the water evaporates, those bubbles will come closer to a boil and the remaining liquid will turn a darker golden. Eventually, the boiling bubbles will suddenly become much smaller, just back to a bare simmer, which means all the water is gone.
  • Remove from the heat immediately and pour it through a fine mesh strainer. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a glass jar and place in the refrigerator for 1 month or the freezer for 6 months.