Ingredient Name: Duck Gizzards
Traditional Chinese Name: 鴨腎
What is this?
- An organ found in the digestive track of certain birds, reptiles, fish and other creatures
- It is used to grind up food during digestion
- The gizzard is hard and small and made up primarily of membrane more than muscle
- The taste of gizzard is closely represented by that of chicken liver
- Gizzards are eaten as snacks, salads and in soups and is found in a variety of cultures and countries around the world
How do I prepare it?
- The gizzards are a tough organ that does require cleaning
- Use corn starch mixed with a bit of water to rub out any debris and dirt from the gizzards and then rinse thoroughly with clean water
- If used in soups, put the gizzards in boiling water before adding to your soup
Where can I buy this?
- You can purchase gizzards fresh from most supermarkets
- In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase duck and/or chicken gizzards by weight
- Dried gizzards are also available in Asian specialty stores
- Duck or chicken liver is a good replacement for the gizzard
What is the cost?
- A pack of roughly 10 fresh duck gizzards cost $3.00 – $4.00 CAD
- Often used in soups as a cough remedy
- Internal organ consumption should be done in moderation as it is a cause to gout