Everything Duck Phat

How is Duck Phat different from duck fat?

Duck Phat is the world’s FIRST rendered duck fat that is infused with everyone’s favorite herbs, spices, and vegetables, ­­­­­­­­and will enhance the flavor of everything you eat. While Duck Phat can be used like any other oil, our premium-quality, small-batch, and chef-formulated duck fat is rendered to extract the wonderful aromatic compounds that make garlic taste like garlic, rosemary taste like rosemary, and so on.

Of course, some of your recipes may call for “plain” duck fat, which is why we offer our Traditional Duck Phat. But it’s far from ordinary. You will find no other duck fat on the market today that is as well-refined and pillowy soft as ours.

Why is Cooking with Duck Phat different?

We like using Duck Phat in three main ways, although the possibilities are truly limitless. First, spreading our infused Duck Phat varieties on bread with a pinch or two of a nice chunky salt is heavenly. It’s so much more flavorful than butter or dipping in olive oil, even if you were to add herbs and spices.

Next, it’s ideal for finishing your favorite steaks, poultry, risotto, chili, or even mac and cheese. No matter what you prepare, a dollop or two of Duck Phat on top will expand and enhance the flavor of everyday meals you prepare at home… more on the science behind this is provided below in “How does Duck Phat taste?”

Last, and certainly not least, Duck Phat is far superior to any other cooking oil or fat in primary food preparation, such as baking, frying, roasting, searing and sautéing. Aside from the flavor profile, the higher smoke point of duck fat, relative to more common cooking oils and fats, is renowned for achieving a coveted, crispy finish when preparing your favorite meats, potatoes and fresh vegetables. It’s just better.

Here's a great chart for the smoke points of the most often used cooking oils and fats: Serious Eats: What's a Smoke Point and Why Does it Matter?. Sure, there are higher smoke point fats out there, but there is no other animal fat available on the market today that combines a relatively high smoke point with the flavor enhancement of Duck Phat.

How Does Duck Phat taste?

Not only does Duck Phat taste amazing (OK, we admit we’re biased), but the rich and silky flavor of even ordinary duck fat is acclaimed by home and professional chefs for amplifying the taste of every other ingredient in all the dishes you prepare.

Of course, most of us grew up learning the four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Then, in 2002, scientists were able to confirm specific receptors on the tongue for a fifth taste the Japanese have long known as “umami,” after nearly a 100-year delay from its initial identification to basic acceptance by the public (i). Often associated with the taste of fats, umami instead refers to the taste experience imparted by the amino acid glutamate and 5′-ribonucleotides such as inosinate and guanylate. Only recently have researchers come to identify that, separate from all these tastes, there are specific receptors on the tongue dedicated to “fat,” and are now considered a sixth official taste called “oleogustus.”

Despite the strange name, oleogustus may be what confers the melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction of eating a balanced meal rich in good-for-you fat. And, while most animal fats tend to have a fishy or “gamey” flavor/aroma, our ducks are fed a nutritious diet of corn, soybeans, and acorns, which results in a balanced and neutral flavor profile that perfectly complements any recipe that calls for fats or oils.

But just like salt, you may not want to eat plain duck fat straight from the jar (although, you could, and we have!). Duck Phat Foods takes your duck fat experience to an entirely different dimension by infusing our all-natural, highly-refined rendered duck fat, with the most flavorful herbs and spices you use in your kitchen every day. It’s straight-from-the-jar worthy!

Is Duck Phat healthy?

We’re pretty sure the word is getting around that fat doesn’t make you fat, and that the real culprits are refined sugars and other simple carbohydrates. And, there is now increasing evidence that the original observational studies from the 1950s, in which saturated fats were identified as a contributing factor to higher rates of heart disease, may not be supported by current scientific studies and trials. (ii)

In any case, even if, for whatever reason, you are looking to cut back on your intake of saturated fats, we think duck fat is the best choice there is. It’s made up of mostly monounsaturated fats (51%), which means it is closer to olive oil than other fats, such as butter. Duck fat is also high in linoleic acid, an essential (not produced by the human body and must be consumed) Omega-6 fatty acid, and polyunsaturated fat (14%) that significantly enhances your body’s ability to repair and strengthen cells. Duck fat may also benefit your metabolism, protect against heart disease, maintain healthy hormone levels, pump fat-soluble nutrients through your body and improve your vitamin absorption. Research suggests it’s better for your bones, muscles, mind, immune system, and heart than other types of cooking oils and fats.

We would also like to note that many of the plant oils you eat every day, including olive oil, are often found to be counterfeit or adulterated in some way. In fact, some studies indicate that somewhere between 75-80% of the “olive oil” consumed in the United States is fraudulent. Here is a great article with links to multiple sources that discusses the problem with olive oil (iii).

Moreover, unlike other more widely used cooking oils with a higher proportion of polyunsaturated fats, duck fat is less susceptible to breaking down during the cooking process into lipid oxidation products, which are harmful compounds associated with cytotoxicity and heart disease. This is due to the higher ratio of saturated and monounsaturated fats to polyunsaturated fats, which also preserves its flavor.

But don’t take our word for it. See the links below to learn more about the health benefits of using duck fat in your kitchen:

WebMD - Duck Fat: Is It Good For you? - September 25, 2020

Duck Fat is a Healthy Alternative to Butter

How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

Beyond the Packaging: Duck Fat

What is the best use for Duck Phat and can you share your favorite recipes?

Glad you asked! Please visit our recipe page and Chef Chris will take you on a culinary journey you'll never forget!

Is Duck Phat gluten free?

Yes. Duck Phat is naturally gluten free. And it’s perfect for Whole30, Carnivore, Keto, Paleo and other low-carb diets.

How long is Duck Phat good for once opened?

Like any other product that is shelf-stable from the store, you need to refrigerate Duck Phat after opening. This should keep your Duck Phat fresh for at least 1 year. However, we recommend refrigeration right away to maximize freshness. Please see the Best By date printed on your jar for a more specific timetable. Unopened, Duck Phat is good for up to 2 years in your panty, but why would you wait that long?

Why is there separation in my Duck Phat?

Separation is naturally occurring, so just give it a good shake or stir! The reason Duck Phat separates at room temperature is due to the level of monounsaturated fat in duck fat comparison to other animal fats. This is also why we recommend refrigeration even before opening, so that you can enjoy the butter-like consistency of Duck Phat right from the jar.

Where are your ducks raised and how are they treated?

Our Duck Phat ducks are sourced from well-known poultry farms throughout the Northeastern United States. One of these farms is Joe Jurgielewicz and Son, located in Pennsylvania. Descended from the family's Long Island, N.Y., heritage breed of the late 1800s, the Jurgielewicz ducks are treated humanely, raised free-roaming and are never fed any antibiotics or growth hormones. Joe Jurgielewicz & Sons is the only duck farm in America with two “round-the-clock” veterinarians, as well as a full-time duck welfare specialist.

All of our poultry farm sources raise our ducks in a cage free environment and are never treated with antibiotics or fed products with added growth hormones (iv). Duck Phat ducks are processed with the highest sustainability standards, and no part of the animal is wasted.

Where can I find Duck Phat?

duckphat.com is your place for all things Duck Phat right now but stay tuned and we will be sure to show up at your favorite market and delivery service soon!

When should I expect my delivery?

We offer variety of shipping options at checkout, so shipping times depend on the service level and delivery destination. You will receive an email with tracking information as soon as your order is shipped.

What’s your return/refund policy?

Due to the perishable nature of our Duck Phat, we do not accept returns or offer refunds on our food products. For merchandise and other non-perishable goods, we will accept exchange requests for a different size or a store credit. However, if you have a problem with your order, please contact us and we will work with you to make things right. If there is damage to your shipping box when it arrives, please take a photo before opening it.

Where is Duck Phat foods located?

Our headquarters and primary warehouse are located in Northvale, New Jersey, USA.

Do you offer wholesale pricing to restaurants, hotels, and retailers?

Yes, we do! Please contact us and we will be happy get you set up.