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Old 09-09-2008, 12:25 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Pssst. The secret's out at KFC. Well, sort of.

Colonel Harland Sanders' handwritten recipe of 11 herbs and spices was removed Tuesday from safekeeping at KFC's corporate offices for the first time in decades.

KFC shoring up security for secret recipe - Yahoo! News (broken link)
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Old 09-09-2008, 12:29 PM
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It's a big deal to keep it secret because it resulted in a business that yields billions of dollars a year. The fact that they are moving it is more of a publicity stunt, I think, because....call me crazy....I'm pretty sure they have it written down somewhere else just in case. The original slip of paper with the recipe is more of a company icon.

The exact contents of the ingredients are known: the ratios are not. I could tell you that cake has flour, butter, milk, sugar, and eggs in it, but if I don't tell you how much, you'll never be able to make one.

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Old 09-10-2008, 09:14 AM
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LOL! A number of years ago, a manager of a KFC, who spent some time with Saunders, told me that he and Saunders got into an argument over the fried chicken being sold at his store. The manager was doing his job by the book, got cocky, and told Saunders that his chicken was the best in the chain.

This apparently occurred a little while after KFC had been bought out, and the Colonel was miffed at some of the changes that had been made to his chicken cooking procedures, so he took exception to the chutzpa of the manager claiming the superiority of the chicken being served. Saunders dragged him to a hardware store, had him buy a pressure cooker, and the two of them made a pressure and oil cooked chicken at the manager's home the way the original experiment was done by the Colonel.

The manager was mollified, and reported that the fried chicken was by far the best he had ever tasted. In response, the Colonel beamed with pride and made some comments about the then current state-of-affairs that are best not repeated. The mix of herbs and spices that was used in that instance? Pepper and salt.

I'm not saying the the KFC spice mix is just pepper and salt, or that it isn't nice, but that apparently when off-camera and talking shop, the creator of the whole thing was more proud of the cooking method, and felt it was the real secret to good fried chicken, rather than the spices.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:33 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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KFC's chicken is coated with flour, black pepper and a whole lot of salt. A whole lot.
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