Where do you guys get your fat you use for confit and other items? Any recommendations on specific types of fat - duck/lard/etc?
I think you can get duck fat at Whole Foods. I know you can get it at Surfa's. Lard you can also get at Surfa's, or a ton of different Mexican markets around town. Probably WhoFo as well, although I don't think I've ever looked.
Yeah, lard you should be able to find in the "Mexican" aisle of your local grocery store no matter where you are in the US. Don't use that on duck.
Duck fat...go to an Oriental/Asian market and look for whole frozen duck. I pay like $13 for a whole one here. Best value on a retail basis you're going to get. Once you get some duck fat going you can keep it going as new duck always renders some fat. I'm lucky as I buy 8# buckets of duck fat from Sysco.