I know I know this is supposed to be a slow thing, but how have you "cheated" and got away with it?

Most recipes calls for at least 4 hours of cooking and at less than 275F. Cooling then re-crisping the skin.

Simply recipe has a version that I feel works sometimes (~300F for 2 hours), but the skin is often as not great, because it gets uneven, and curls too fast.

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If you're looking into cheats for duck confit, this might be the grandest:

Simply dousing the duck with oil after cooking is some shortcut that apparently some world class chefs couldn't tell the difference:

Based on taste tests run by Nathan Myhrvold and his Modernist Cuisine team, this appears to be the case: “We performed this experiment with duck confit and pork carnitas. In each case, we prepared one batch traditionally and made a second batch by cooking the meat sous-vide or steaming it. We then anointed it with oil (duck fat for duck, pork fat for pork).

Excerpt From: Ferriss, Timothy. “The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.”

Tim has a fake-confit recipe to match the above. Even if you don't use the recipe (i recommend the book), just knowing the above might help you in your quest.

The recursive quote within Tim's book is from page 129 of Vol.2 of Modernist Cuisine. While they actually do the opposite (Sous-vide for 48hrs) of your goal, what's important here is that frying the duck in oil doesn't impart flavour beyond the skin. So once you have a cooked duck and then pan fry with oil, you're cheat is nearly complete.

a note about the skin if you've brined the duck with skin, the salt will make the skin hold more water and become chewy. A trick is to inject the brine into the meat using syringes.

  • @SAJ14SAJ thanks for the edit! was coming back to fix it, but they're making nutella in the kitchen and I was 'help up'.
    – MandoMando
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 22:09
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    Chocolate always has priority :-)
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 22:13
  • That is something I want to try soon, sous-vide then deep fry in duck fat.
    – Kasumi
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 22:42
  • Kenji Alt recommends 135 for two hours, then pan-searing to crisp the skin if doing sous-vide. seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/09/…
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Commented Apr 28, 2013 at 23:41

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