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Post Reply Secret recipe to original KFC chicken (supposedly) revealed
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So I was skulking around the internet, when I happened across this. Anyone else think this is legit?

http://m.sfgate.com/food/article/Recipe-for-KFC-s-fried-chicken-possibly-9180519.php


What started as a travel story for the Chicago Tribune has morphed into one of the biggest fast food recipe reveals: the original recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The story of the how the recipe was (literally) placed into a reporter's hands started simply enough. A reporter travelled to the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum and met with Joe Ledington, the nephew of Harland David Sanders (AKA Colonel Sanders).

During the interview, Ledington showed off a family scrapbook with a handwritten recipe for fried chicken included among the family photographs and documents.

Wait, 11 herbs and spices in the recipe? Yep. Story checks out.

"That is the original 11 herbs and spices that were supposed to be so secretive," Ledington told the reporter when asked if this was THE recipe.

So, the original Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe has been chillin' this whole time in an old Colonel Sanders family scrapbook?

Apparently.

The recipe reads:

11 spices — Mix with 2 cups white flour

1) 2/3 Ts salt

2) 1/2 Ts thyme

3) 1/2 Ts basil

4) 1/3 Ts oregano

5) 1 Ts celery salt

6) 1 Ts black pepper

7) 1 Ts dried mustard

8) 4 Ts paprika

9) 2 Ts garlic salt

10) 1 Ts ground ginger

11) 3 Ts white pepper

The Tribune's food staff was quick to test the recipe and deduced that the "Ts" measurement is shorthand for tablespoon, not teaspoon. The verdict? The recipe "is the real deal." The only addition the group felt was necessary to add to make it perfect, was MSG — confirmed as an ingredient by a KFC spokesperson.


Original Chicago Tribune article is here

I'm actually quite willing to believe this since the recipe was found with old family heirlooms kept by Sander's nephew who helped make the mix when he was a kid. Best part is that since its the original recipe it would be way better than the dog food they serve today in those restaurants.
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Posted 8/26/16
I actually like most fastfood.
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One really shouldn't have to "deduce" that Ts is tablespoons, not teaspoons. I learned when I was quite young that it was a standard convention in recipes to abbreviate tablespoon with an uppercase T, and teaspoon with a lowercase t.
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I find that quite hard to believe that it is legit. After all, if it did get revealed, then it would make headlines everywhere. But that just doesn't feel like it is the case here as this secret has been guarded for so long. In any case, crazy things have been happening, and seeing that this is a closely guarded secret that it would take a lot for me to believe it. I wouldn't be surprised if this was just an experimentation of some sort to produce something that tastes close to what KFC makes.
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Bakaneer wrote:

I find that quite hard to believe that it is legit. After all, if it did get revealed, then it would make headlines everywhere. But that just doesn't feel like it is the case here as this secret has been guarded for so long. In any case, crazy things have been happening, and seeing that this is a closely guarded secret that it would take a lot for me to believe it. I wouldn't be surprised if this was just an experimentation of some sort to produce something that tastes close to what KFC makes.


But it did make headlines everywhere.

I been hearing about it all week the recipe came from the Kernels locked away goods himself.

I believe it was his nephew who found it whilst searching around his things.
It was meant to goto his wife i believe the news said but she died so no one inherited it.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/the-colonels-original-chicken-recipe-found-in-scrapbook/news-story/fa3f18ce14baf986870bf28daffcfd75
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Even if it's not ultimately legitimate the recipe still seems to have all the makings for a tasty chicken seasoning. I'll try making it sometime.
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Posted 8/26/16
no matter the seasonings you won't get the same texture without having a pressure fryer to cook it in.
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I'm hungry now.
Posted 8/26/16
A teaspoon sounds like a spoon that you're supposed to use with tea, but a tablespoon sounds like a spoon that comes attached to a table.
Posted 8/26/16
That's somewhat boring. I was hoping for some super secret ingredient but I could do all this in my own kitchen.
Posted 8/26/16
It's still finger lickin' good
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Posted 8/26/16
hohohhoh KFC<3
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Posted 8/26/16
Plus a pound of MSG to poison the food.
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Posted 8/26/16
I still won't make my own fried chicken
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What if its only chicken?
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