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Czarnina -- Polish Duck Soup


Very old and traditional Polish soup.













Trans-fat Free, Low Sodium


1 ½ pounds pork ribs
1 each celery stalks
2 bunch parsley leaves
1 small onions
4 each allspice
4 each cloves
3 each sweet bell peppers
10 each prunes
15 each cherries
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup sweet cream
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup vinegar


Put vinegar into glass or crockery bowl (not metal) and into this catch the blood when killing the duck or goose and stir to avoid coagulation.

Fresh pigs blood may also be used.

Cover the fowl trimmings and spare ribs with water, bring to a boil and skim.

Put spices, celery, onion and parsley into a sack and add to soup.

Cook slowly until meat is almost done, about 2 hours.

Remove spice sack add fruit and cook for ½ hour more.

Blend flour with ½ cup of the blood mixture, add 3 tablespoon soup stock, and pour into soup, stirring constantly.

Add sugar and cream and bring to a boil.

Serve with egg noodles or potato dumplings.


* not incl. in nutrient facts



almost 9 years

I investigated the nutrition calculation for the Czarnina recipe in detail.

Some of the ingredients weren't being used in the calculation. This is now fixed and we've recalculated the nutrition information so now all listed ingredients except the spices are included. The water is not included in the weight as it is not listed in the ingredients. However this is of no consequence as water has 0 calories.

Wow. Most definitely this is not a weight watchers recipe. Any recipe that includes spareribs and cream is going to be very high in fat and calories. This recipe also doesn't include the "duck trimmings" listed in the directions either. If one were to use the duck trimmings the fat and calorie content would be much higher. During preparation some of the fat might be skimmed off but still...yowzer.


almost 9 years

Your nutritional assessment of the czarnina recipe may be correct, but I question it's accuracy. An 8-oz bowl extrapolated from your figures would contain 742 calories and 42 g of total fat, and be rated at over 17 Weight Watcher points.

I cannot help but wonder if you took into account the weight of the water, which would have been considerable and, if included, would have decreased nutritional values per unit weight. Also how did you determine values for the blood that was used?

If water had, indeed, been factored in then this dish is truly a dieters nightmare!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 254g (9.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 45159% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 10%
Sugars g
Protein 55g
Vitamin A 33% Vitamin C 250%
Calcium 11% Iron 17%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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