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In Season in Winter: Goose


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Once the bird of choice at Christmas in the UK , for many years goose took a back seat to turkey. However it is making a comeback, not only for roasting whole, but also served in individual breast or leg portions when it can been cooked and served in a similar way to wild duck.

 

Although you can buy frozen Goose throughout the year, in the UK fresh goose is traditionally in  season and at its best from October to January having been fattened up for Christmas.

 

 

 

Buying and storing fresh Goose

 

Fresh geese aren't always easy to come by and are often only available from specialist suppliers or quality butchers so if you have your heart set on one,  you would be best to pre-order it, especially around Christmas time. As geese have a much higher proportion of bone to flesh than other poultry, when buying whole birds,  allow 675g/1˝lb per person. As smaller birds are the most tender, if you have many people to serve it is better to get two smaller birds rather than one large one. Choose plump-looking free-range birds.

Oven ready birds should be kept in the refrigerator and will last for a few days.  Make sure you remove the giblets and store them separately.

 

Preparing  and Cooking fresh Goose

 

The flesh of goose is quite dark in colour and quite rich in flavour. As mentioned above, the younger the bird, the more tender it will be so smaller birds are suitable for cutting into portions and pan frying.

 

For whole birds, remove any excess fat from the cavity and set aside for roasting potatoes or other veggies. Rinse the goose under cold running water both inside and out and pat dry.  Goose is a naturally fatty bird so the skin needs to be pricked all over with a fork to enable the fat to be released during cooking. 

 

Season the skin with salt and pepper, place breast side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast at 220C,  for 30 minutes then reduce to 180C, 350F, Gas Mark 4 and roast for 25 minutes per 450g/1lb  basting every 20 to 30 minutes. Pour off the fat that accumulates in the pan at regular intervals or it will smoke. This fat is worth its weight in gold and can be stored in the fridge for a few days, or frozen.  It adds a fantastic flavour to roast potatoes and other veggies and can be used to fry or confit. If parts of the goose seem to be browning too quickly, wrap them in foil.

The goose is cooked when a skewer in the thickest part of the thigh reveals clear juices although the flesh may still be slightly pink. Remove from the oven, cover with foil and rest for 15 minutes before carving.

 

 

Editor's Choice:  Top 3 Winter Season Goose Recipes

 

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1

Goose with Apples

Whole goose marinated and roasted in a spiced cider and served with apples which the acidity of which compliments the richness of the goose.

 

 

2

Goose Confit

A traditional French recipe where the breast and legs of goose are slowly cooked and preserved in goose fat. This is also suitable for duck and pheasant.

 

 

3

Roast Potatoes

It's now possible to buy goose fat in many supermarkets. It's really worth paying for as it makes the best tasting roast potatoes ever.

 

 

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