Broth in a white bowl with a single garnish

Duck Bone Broth

If you're comfortable making bone broth now and want to try something a little different why not try duck bone broth. It has a richer flavor than chicken bone broth and works great in all kinds of soups.

Prep: 15 min • Cook: 4 to 6 hrs Total Time: 6-8 hrs  • Yield: varies depending on pot size; these ingredients are sufficient for 2 to 3 quarts broth


  • 2 duck carcasses
  • 6 to 8 chicken feet or 1 pig's foot (optional)
  • Enough purified cold water to just cover the bones in the pot; the pot should be big enough to add 2 to 3 quarts of water
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 to 4 large carrots, scrubbed and roughly chopped
  • 3 to 4 stalks of organic celery, including the leafy part, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, cut into large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • Small bunch of fresh herbs such as parsley, sprigs of thyme and rosemary, bay leaf, and marjoram

    Put duck carcasses into a roasting pan and place in a preheated 400º oven. Roast duck for one hour until the bones are well browned. This step isn't necessary, but it greatly enhances the flavor of duck bone broth.

    Place all the bones in a slow cooker or large stockpot. Add the vinegar and enough purified water to cover everything by 1 inch. Cover the pot.

    On medium heat, bring the water to a simmer. Use a shallow, wooden spoon to carefully skim the film off the top of the broth. If you are cooking in a crock pot, you will have to wait until the water gets warm before skimming, but you can continue with the next step.

    Add all the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to low. You want the broth to barely simmer. Skim occasionally over the first 2 hours, and be sure the bones stay beneath the water. You may have to add water during the cooking process.

    Cook for at least 4 hours or up to 6. Turn off the cooker or remove the pot from the heat.

    Using tongs or a large, slotted spoon, remove all the bones. Pour the broth through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids.

    Let cool on the counter before refrigerating. You can skim off the fat easily after the broth is chilled. If you do skim off the fat, retain it for roasting vegetables.

    When chilled, the broth should be very gelatinous. The broth will keep for five days in the refrigerator and three or more months in your freezer.

    Notes: You use chicken feet or a pig's foot for the cartilage, which is necessary for good broth and the health benefits of gelatin, collagen, and calcium. Neither chicken nor pig's feet will impart flavor to the broth. If you use chicken feet, you must remove the outer yellow skin if the butcher has not already done so.

    To do this, immerse them in boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds, and they will peel easily. If you cook them any longer, peeling them is nearly impossible because they become rubbery. It's also easier to peel them before they are frozen. You can cut off the claws if you choose.

    If your crock pot is small (2 quarts or less), you can cut back on the quantities in the recipe.

    Measurements need not be specific in making broth. However, you'll have less work to do if you use a large kettle or stockpot on the stovetop. Since you might use the broth in various recipes, I prefer not to salt it while cooking.


    What Are the Benefits of Duck Bone Broth?

    Like other bone broths, duck bone broth has several benefits. This flavorful broth is packed with essential nutrients that can support your overall health and wellness. 

    For instance, bone broths contain gelatin, collagen, and amino acids that can help maintain healthy joints and connective tissues, support gut and bone health, and encourage healthy skin, hair, and nails.

    What Parts of the Duck Should You Use?

    Using the right parts of the duck is crucial to making the best possible bone broth. To make duck bone broth, you'll need a whole duck or a duck carcass, including the wingtips, duck feet, and neck. Roasting the duck beforehand in duck fat and veggies like carrots, onions, and fresh thyme can add an extra layer of flavor to your broth.

    If you're short on time or just want a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of bone broth, Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Liquids and Powdered Bone Broths are a delicious and hassle-free solution. 

    Simply heat them up and enjoy the hearty goodness of bone broth in a flash! These ready-to-go packages are perfect for busy weekdays or when you're on the go.

    Duck Bone Broth: The Bottom Line

    Making duck bone broth is a simple and rewarding process that can benefit your health and well-being. With the right ingredients and a little bit of time and patience, you can make a flavorful and nutritious broth.

    Whether you're making soups, stews, or ramen, replacing chicken stock with duck bone broth can add depth and richness to any dish. Start making duck bone broth and discover the many benefits of this nutrient-packed food.


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