New Season Ducks are Laying Well
The ducks we hatched out this year (along with the 5 Khaki Campbells we bought) have been laying well for a month now. The four ducks we hatched have all matured to be female (one white - probably a White Campbell, and four black - some genetic throw back recessive gene somewhere, they could be 'Swedish Blue', 'Shetland' or 'Pomeranian'?).
Duck Eggs Galore
From the 9 ducks, we are currently getting an average of 7 eggs a day. As we have now closed the honesty stall, and lost our outlet for our surplus produce, we are having to get creative ........ Perhaps I should write a blog on 101 things to do with duck eggs? Fortunately, the chickens are currently molting, and therefore not laying very well.
Start of 101 Things To Do With Duck Eggs
On the egg scale, duck eggs do have a slightly stronger flavour than chicken eggs. So on a scale of 1 to 5, Chicken eggs are 1, Goose eggs are probably 3, and Duck eggs are probably 5. However, I have now been eating them for a few years, and can't really tell the difference and think ultimately it is personal taste.
Duck eggs are described as 'richer' than a chicken egg. My interpretation of this is that they seem to be more creamy, which is probably due to their large yolks. The proportion of yolk to white is a lot more than a chicken egg, and it is this that contributes such a deep yellow colour to anything that is made with them. I think you can't beat them to cook with and have become a personal favourite.
So here is the start of my list, 101 things to do with duck eggs. (to be continued in another blog perhaps):
- Boiled (Soft and Hard, Cold and Hot with soldiers!)
- Lemon Curd
- Strawberry Curd
- Glaze for pastry
- ............................ to be continued .......