Monday, January 28, 2013
Stormy Last Monday Of January Butchering Chicken With Kentucky Fried Chicken's Original Recipe's Secret 11 Herbs & Spices
I may go somewhere and hike though, if the stormy looking clouds don't burst.
As you can see, via the view from my pool overlook patio, the stormy looking clouds look like they should already be dropping water.
We are breaking temperature records, heat-wise, in North Texas. I have my windows open again. 67 degrees, currently.
Changing the subject from my favorite one to butchering chickens.
When I was last in Tacoma, summer of 2008, I was instructed to instruct my sister-in-law as to how to cut up a whole chicken. We'd come into possession of two large free range organic chickens that needed to be sliced up.
As I recollect, the instruction session went well, with me cutting up the first chicken and then my student cutting up the second one under my close guidance.
So, this morning I cut up a chicken. I had not done this in awhile. But that is no explanation for how badly I butchered the bird. Some how I got a big chunk of breast on the back. One of the thighs also did not fare well.
I stood there looking at this badly mangled chicken wondering why the butchering had gone so badly, as opposed to the nicely chopped Tacoma chickens.
And then I realized the problem. My sister-in-law had really good knives. Very sharp. I am a bit of a hazard with knives. So, I like my knives to be a bit dull. I think when cutting up a chicken a dull knife turns the process into more of a risky hazard than having a really sharp knife.
Lately I've been having myself a craving for Kentucky Fried Chicken. I Googled to see if I could find the Colonel's 11 Secret Herbs and Spices.
Well, some guy reverse engineered the "Secret Recipe". His version shows up on multiple websites. However, just looking at it it seemed wrong to me, as in each ingredient was 1 teaspoon, with the guy not saying how much flour was to be used.
Then I found a forum where all these knowledgeable foodies were debating this serious issue.
Turns out the guy reverse engineered what went into making a piece of Extra Crispy taste like it does, not the Original Recipe.
Then someone who seemed to be quite knowledgeable detailed the history of the Colonel's Original Recipe and listed what this particular foodie believed to be the Original Recipe's 11 Herbs & Spices....
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp sage
3/8 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp coriander seed
1/4 tsp summer savory
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp bay leaf
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp green cardamom
1/8 tsp cloves
2 teaspoons of salt is also added to the 1 cup of flour one rolls the chicken pieces in. I guess salt is not considered an herb or spice.
Of the Secret Recipe ingredients I only had black pepper, salt, ginger and cayenne pepper.
I am oven frying my chicken, not deep frying. I suspect my chicken will not be even remotely as tasty as KFC's.