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  • Polish Duck Blood Soup

    February 13, 2023 1 min read


    Duck Blood Soup - Czarnina - Czernina

    Czarna Polewka 

    Now, maybe more than ever in history, the taste for ‘’delicious’’ meals varies greatly from person to person. And although the idea of using animal blood for food like czernina grosses some people out, others will find it interesting - which is why it’s good to get to know more about Polish duck blood soup.  

    The use of animal blood in food

    Numerous cultures in Europe and Asia (but also found elsewhere) use animal blood in their cuisines. Most of the dishes that use the blood as an ingredient have a very long history and are a part of a culture, as is so with Polish czernina.

    As blood is a byproduct of slaughtering, sometimes even referred to as ‘’liquid meat’’ due to its composition, it is not a surprise that people have found a way to use it instead of just throwing it away.

    In Poland, animal blood was used and is still to this day, as an ingredient to a soup with strong. traditional symbolism. 

    So if you ever find yourself in a Polish house and you are being served czernina, it is good to know the meaning behind the dish: 


    4 Responses

    Mark Slisz
    Mark Slisz

    August 12, 2023

    Any idea where one can purchase duck blood from? Really miss czarnina that my Granny used to make and I want to make it!

    Sharon  Szymanski Sliwinski Wiesnieski
    Sharon Szymanski Sliwinski Wiesnieski

    March 04, 2023

    My Grandma Sliwinski , Cleo, would make this in New Years. I too remember the infamous jar of Duck Blood.. We may not have liked it a whole lot, but it is part of all the good memories. I can see her kitchen so clearly. My Grandpa Ed was the cook and Baker in the family. Grandma only cooked Czernina and Beef Barley Soup…yummm.


    September 27, 2022

    mom made duck soup with spareribs more flavor no milk loved this and miss having it told my son that it was chocolate soup and he liked it till someone told him how it was made….no more for him their both gone now so I go to a restaurant that makes it and I still love it

    Mark Wisniewski
    Mark Wisniewski

    August 22, 2021

    Though I’ve never tasted it, my grandmother (who lived with us) always make it for Easter. I remember walking with her to market’ poultry stand to get a mason jar full of duck’s blood that she had specially ordered. My Mom and her three brothers (all f whom lived in the area) would sit with her and scarf the stuff down. I tended to keep a low profile during those times!

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