Duck Stock

A simple stock, made from roasted duck necks and water, produces a clean, mild, deeply savory flavor. Reserve duck neck meat for a ragù or pasta filling.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
14 hrs 35 mins
Makes 4 1/2 quarts


  • 5 pounds raw duck necks (about 17 necks)

  • 10 quarts cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange necks in a single layer on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until deeply browned, 30 to 40 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking.

  2. Pull duck meat from bones; reserve meat for another use. Transfer bones to a large stock pot; scrape any browned bits and juices from baking sheets into pot. Add 10 quarts cold water, and bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until stock is dark and reduced to 4 1/2 quarts, about 4 hours, occasionally skimming impurities off of the top with a fine wire-mesh strainer.

  3. Pour stock through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Let cool at room temperature 2 hours. Cover and chill 8 hours or up to 5 days. Skim off solidified fat on top of stock before using; discard fat.

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