Making Balut from Muscovy Duck Eggs

 

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I finally did it! Made my own balut! A duck hen has been sitting on a nest of eggs and for some reason she decided to push out two eggs. So I took the eggs and tried candling them with a small LED flashlight in a dark room (the bathroom, actually). I saw just next to the air sac what seemed to be large dark areas, the embryo of the egg.

Turning these eggs into balut is easy — just boil them! Hard boiled! Here are the results. Cracked open, they look like balut, smell like balut and taste like balut, delicious! I was wondering of Muscovy duck eggs could be made into balut, since most of what I read say it has to be the mallard. Well, these eggs are good enough!

I think that the main reason why mallards (and pekin ducks) are often used for balut is that the hens are not as broody as the Muscovy duck hen. The Muscovy will try to hatch out ALL her eggs and she will get upset if anybody keeps stealing her eggs!

Anyway, if you’re new to balut, you can learn more about it on Wikipedia! Oh, by the way, don’t look at the photos below if you’re squeamish! 😜

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3 thoughts on “Making Balut from Muscovy Duck Eggs

    1. Hi Danny. These eggs have been sat on for at least 3 weeks. I don’t have the exact figure and sometimes the ducks lay eggs on multiple nests. But these are at least 3 weeks. Sorry I cant help with more specific answer.

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      1. Thanks for the information. I will try little less on incubating days (maybe 18 days to obtain smaller embryo. 🙂

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