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Old 05-15-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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...Next time you fry up a batch measure how much oil you put into the pan and then measure what is left...
Not much goes into the fried chicken - I've seen proof in a TV commercial .
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:07 PM
 
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Not much goes into the fried chicken - I've seen proof in a TV commercial .
That was a Crisco Oil advertisement from the early 80s. That is ONLY true if the oil is at the proper temperature.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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That was a Crisco Oil advertisement from the early 80s. That is ONLY true if the oil is at the proper temperature.
And proper level of hydrogenation.
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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That was a Crisco Oil advertisement from the early 80s. That is ONLY true if the oil is at the proper temperature.
C'mon, a little humor here - "I saw it on TV - it has to be true" is analogous to "I read it on the internet - it has to be true."
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Old 05-15-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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C'mon, a little humor here - "I saw it on TV - it has to be true" is analogous to "I read it on the internet - it has to be true."
That's why I have it written in my little black book. With my poems in it.

I've got elastic bands keeping my shoes on.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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I'd be ashamed if I ate fried chicken! Next time you fry up a batch measure how much oil you put into the pan and then measure what is left. Yep ... all that grease was absorbed by your chicken!
Best fried chicken is fried in lard. If your chicken absorbed all that grease, you're not frying at a high enough temperature.
I never could get the trick of good fried chicken from mama. Mine is always burnt outside and raw inside. But I have cooked some fabulous green beans with fatback, and sausage gravy...my biscuits will never be as good as mama's, though.
Buttermilk is the key. And real butter.
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have visited almost all states and lived in 14.

But the worst "Southern Fried Chicken" I come across is in the South. Have southerners all stopped trying?

Go into any restaurant in NC/SC and you will get chicken either drowning in grease, or heavily over-breaded. Go into a Supermarket and it is even worse.

I think the best southern fried chicken I have eaten is actually from a supermarket named "Dick's Family Food" in Wrightstown, WI. It is golden colored, has a light crispy skin, and is extremely moist inside.

What has happened to the south? Or maybe I just haven't found the right place?

If you know of a place to get phenomenal Southern Fried Chicken in the Columbia, SC or Charlotte, NC area, please let me in on the secret.
I can't speak for north/south Carolina, but I can assure you there are a lot of great fried chicken places throughout the south. Of course everyone has his/her own idea about what is good, traditional friend chicken. Maybe your idea is a little different..
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Old 05-16-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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my grandmother made traditional southern fried chicken. It was always greasy, heavily floured, but tasty. It's the freshness of the chicken and the seasoning that makes it good.

Grandma just went into the back yard grabbed up a chicken and wrung it's neck. It was cooked before it even got room temperature. The commercial chicken is treated a bit different. It isn't even allowed to be grown naturally. It may have been frozen. In some areas, the restaurants can get the chickens quicker than others.
and that is exactly how good, old, traditional southern fried chicken is. My grandma, born in KY and a wonderful basic, old fashioned cook, made it like you are saying: healthy? Nope, but tasty you bet!!!
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