Duck fat is a bit of a trendy thing. Duck fat fries. Duck confit (in which duck is preserved in its own fat). But where does all that duck fat come from? YOU DON'T KNOW. Want to feel good about where your delicious duckie drippings originate? Look no further than the folks who made "meat bars" palatable and portable: EPIC. Behold this jar of cage free duck fat, golden and rich. In one lovely glass vessel you have weeks of sauteing joy, gravy goodness, and roasting deliciousness. Slather it on warm foods, hot foods, everything and anything.
This is portable, nutrient-dense, animal fat completely taken to the next level: a user-friendly cooking fat that arrives right at your doorstep and comes from only the best cage free animals. Why go to the store to get raw duck fat, then spend hours rendering and straining it into jars in your own kitchen? Well, you could. Some people do. Those people might also write paleo and/or parenting and/or household blogs. Meaning, those people might also have a little bit more time under their own roof to tinker with gourmet cooking. You? You are going to cut right to the chase and get your cooking fat game ON by letting your source come to you. Good move.
Let's get right into it, shall we: How does this taste? Is it really OK to cook with? There are two kinds of people who will love this cage-free cooking oil: fans of all things ducky, and everyone else. Seriously, this is some ridiculously good stuff. It's a butter replacement and so much more.
Perhaps the biggest reason this cooking fat is so good for you is that IT IS EASY. There are healthy habits that we all want to practice but haven't gotten up the momentum. Yet. Enter EPIC and their ready to use jars of animal fat. For stew. For toast (eep?!). For eggs. For roasted veggies. For anything you would normally use butter on.
EPIC proudly introduces a line of chef-choice animal based oils guaranteed to transport your culinary adventures to new realms of nourishment and time honored cooking. A staple cooking oil cherished by generations before, EPIC's rendered animal fats are a trusted, pure and stable option. Enjoy a superior cooking oil with seemingly endless limits, just like your culinary imagination. From nose to tail, EPIC Provisions is committed to honoring and utilizing all aspects of the animal. With the newest addition of animal cooking oils, we are furthering our commitment to what we call the “EPIC Whole Animal Project.” Time–tested by our great–great–great grandparents, we are bringing animal oils back into the kitchen where they belong!
The nutrients are higher; the animals are raised in ways that translates their health into yours. EPIC's traditional cooking oil allows them to use more of the whole animal. This “nose to tail” commitment creates more nourishing food from spectacular creatures and produces less waste.
Chris Kresser, one of our favorite paleo keepers of knowledge, has this to say about duck fat. "Let me just say this, if you’ve never had potatoes roasted or fried in duck fat, you haven’t had French fries. I mean that literally. Duck fat was what folks in Europe used to make the original French fries before industrial seed oils came along. Once you taste potatoes – or any vegetables – roasted or fried in duck fat, you’ll know why. A tablespoon of duck fat has 6 g MFA, 4 g LCSFA and 1.6 g PUFA."
Want to know more? There is a rather, *cough*, EPIC post over at Weston A. Price about the nutritional benefits of all kinds of animal fats. It's worth an in-depth read. The highlights? "Duck Fat is semisolid at room temperature, containing about 35% saturated fat, 52% monounsaturated fat (including small amounts of antimicrobial palmitoleic acid) and about 13% polyunsaturated fat. The proportion of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids depends on what the birds have eaten. Duck fat is quite stable and highly prized in Europe for frying potatoes."
Read it all here: http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/the-skinny-on-fats/
It's your new favorite cooking fat. Use it anywhere you need fat. Or butter. Butter, mmmm. An. Nee. Where. Spread on roasted veggies. Whip it into a sauce. Braise some meat. Dollop on eggs. Use it in anything that you bake.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Rich in antioxidants
Oddly enough, the roots of EPIC were planted shortly after Katie and I became vegetarians. We wrongly believed that a “clean diet” was plant based and in order to replenish our bodies after hard workouts, we consumed large amounts of soy and other highly processed proteins. As a result, we were making ourselves unintentionally sick with gastrointestinal distress and a myriad of inflammatory ailments. Not knowing what to do, we decided to go vegan and when things got worse, we decided to follow a raw food diet.
Unable to maximize our own vigor and wellness, we looked for answers in the whole foods consumed by our human ancestors. Within a week of adopting, what is now called, the "paleo diet" which emphasizes healthy animal fats, grass fed protein, and leafy vegetables, our bodies and minds radiated with exuberance. Through modifying the foods we ate, we reached exciting new levels of performance during competition as well as daily life. Within a few months Katie and I were stronger, faster, and leaner than we had ever been.
We call our product EPIC because it improves the lives of animals, regenerates our bodies, and helps heal the land. Due to an ingredient label unlike anything else, EPIC epitomizes real foods and will always be humane, pasture centered, and most importantly, delicious. May you fill your life with epic adventure and epic health!
"Feed others as you wish to be fed"
EPIC foods begin with a living animal. We set the industry standards by sourcing our meats from ranchers that we deem EPIC. We mandate proof of certifications, which validate that our animals receive the utmost humane treatment. We believe that EPIC animals should always live pasture-centered lives where turkeys forage, pigs wallow, and buffalo roam. This is the way nature intended animals to be and we see ourselves as leaders in recognizing the value of sustainable and responsible animal welfare practices.
Not only do humanely-treated grass-fed animals live better, more natural lives but they place less stress on the land they inhabit. Our animals live on EPIC lands. When properly managed, grass-fed animals can produce a net benefit to the environment. Pasture grazing requires significantly less fossil fuel than a feedlot diet consisting of corn, soy, antibiotics, and hormones. Pastured animals fertilize the land they graze on, which eliminates the fossil fuels required by conventional fertilizing practices. Lastly, grass-filled fields not only hold on to topsoil and moisture but also more effectively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than any other use of land!
Perhaps the most compelling argument for consuming grass-fed meats comes from the EPIC nutrition that is passed on from animal to human. The brilliance of this nutrient transfer is based on how the animals are raised. Grass-fed animals are loaded with higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are better for both cardiovascular health and contain anti-inflammatory properties. They also have significantly higher values of vitamins A and E as well as antioxidants.
Everyone! Long lasting satiety comes easily with EPIC's nutrient-dense fat when added to your favorite recipes.
Yes! Yes! Yes! Heck yes!