Crock Pot Duck RecipesJust as in any dish prepared in a slow cooker, crock potduck recipes are convenient for the home cook and afamily who appreciates a beautifully prepared wholeduck or duck breast. Crock pot, which originated from a brand nameof slow cookers in the United States, is now synonymous to the processof cooking food in low temperature for a very long period. The slowcooker is a great way to cook duck recipes. While the common way isto parboil and then roast the duck to get that shiny, dark brown crispskin, a slow cooker can make things even simpler.Use a 6 quart crock pot for whole ducks weighing 4 to 5 pounds. Incrock pot duck recipes, cooking time may vary according to yourcrock pot design. But the most common step here would be thepreparation of the duck. For whole ducks, remove the giblets as well asthe fat hanging from the cavity opening. You can remove the skinentirely before cooking but if you want to serve it with crisp skin, prickthe duck all over to render the fatfirst. Rub the duck with salt andpepper all over. If you have citrus,garlic and onions, you can insert itinto the cavity for flavor.To get the beautiful burnishedbrown skin, brown the whole duckin a sauté pan for 15 minutes oneach side. You can also broil theduck later after removing from thecrock pot. Into the slow cooker, put in the other ingredients such asonions, shallots, celery and other herbs and spices. You could also putin chopped apples and potatoes so that it makes a raised bed at thebottom with which you can settle the duck. If you have a little roundrack that will fit into the crock pot, that will be helpful too. With its raisedposition, the fat will melt down the body and drip into the vegetablesbelow. That means more flavor is soaked up by the duck and thevegetables.You can also just cook the duck half, thighs, legs or breast in the crockpot so it fits the pot nicely. Crock pot duck recipes of this sort suggestmixing fruits like peaches, apricots and orange peel along with thehoney, soy sauce, and stock to give the duck a sweet, tangy flavorand balance it with the richness of the duck.