Q & A - Duck Confit - TCS Food or Shelf Stable?

Updated: May 31

Duck confit is traditionally cooled in the fat it was cooked in. But, the duck and fat should be no deeper than 2 inches for safe cooling.  Duck confit is a TCS food and requires being held 41F or less and has a 7-day shelf life here in the U.S. of A.

By treating this is the 'traditional' way, the facility had to discard it. This duck confit was prepared the day before and left, in this 6 inch deep hotel pan, in the walk-in cooler overnight. 12 hours later, it was still not 41F or less.