When people hear the words "Duck Soup," they often think of a movie made by the Marx brothers.
But duck soup actually has an important role in the cooking traditions of many countries. Duck is quite beefy in flavor, and makes a very robust and refreshing broth. Several cultures traditionally used duck soup to treat lung problems, and to help an invalid recover their strength.
In Chinese medicine, duck meat and duck soup are often used to treat asthma, coughs, lung problems, and other illnesses. And a properly made duck broth is so tasty and renewing. I find it energizing.
The best parts of the duck for making soup are the wings and gizzards, as they create a very gelatinous broth, which sooths the stomach. U.S. Wellness Meats now sells high quality natural duck wings and duck gizzards, which are perfect for making duck broth.
This soup uses a traditional Chinese flavor combination to flavor the broth. The use of unrefined sea salt adds nourishing minerals to the broth. It is delicious as well as nourishing.
Makes approximately 8 quarts.
2 packages U.S. Wellness Meats duck wings
1 package U.S. Wellness Meats duck gizzards
3 organic green onions, cut into two-inch pieces
3 organic garlic cloves, halved
3 slices organic fresh ginger, each slice being about the size of a quarter (25-cent coin)
2 tablespoons coarse unrefined sea salt
Plenty of filtered water
- Place all ingredients in a large stainless steel stockpot. Add enough filtered water to cover the duck pieces by about four inches. Heat the pot over high heat until the broth reaches a boil, then reduce the heat so the broth simmers slowly rather than boils. This may take awhile, due to the large volume of ingredients and liquid.
- When the water is close to boiling, remove the scum that rises to the top with a slotted spoon. This can also take awhile, but is necessary.
- Once the broth has reached a simmer, cover and simmer gently for 12 hours or longer. It will be ready after 12 hours.
- Using a ladle, strain into jars, and cover. When the bottles have cooled down, refrigerate. The fat will rise to the top and will solidify in the refrigerator. This fat cap will help preserve the broth. The fat should be removed before serving, and can be used for many cooking purposes. The broth should be brought to a quick boil when reheated, then allowed to cool to the desired degree of hotness.