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Can I eat my out of date duck confit?

keep duck fat in the fridge

It’s best to keep the confit in the tin… but once open keep the duck fat in the fridge

I have many enquiries about how long you can keep confit de canard – both in the tin and once it’s opened. This includes the fat, upon which we have opined in previous blog posts like “How long can I keep my confit de canard?”  Please see that article and some of the comments below about duck fat and freezing duck fat too…

And we have another one recently from Hilary to this effect “Hi, I have an unopened tin of confit de canard which is 9 mos out of date (I know) do you think it will still be ok to eat? Regards, Hilary”

Well Hilary, I’d go for it. If you don’t like the look after you open it then don’t – or even after you’ve cooked it, you can still bin it! If the tin has been sealed, it should be OK. Given that tinned confit de canard usually has a shelf life of 3-4 years, what’s 9 months?! Our current stock from this year is dated 2017 and 2018.

But I should stress (legal excuses) that it’s your call. Especially as you didn’t buy the duck from us…! (I know, I’ve checked all our orders back to the year dot – for Confit de Canard .co.uk) Obviously we’d hope that everyone buys all their tinned duck from us but I guess it’s possible that some people buy it elsewhere in the UK (for a lot more, I should add) or in France (also quite often but not always for more too).

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