'Word of Mouth' Taste-Tests Reverse-Engineered KFC Recipe

"A single bite of the homemade KFC is enough. It's like biting into a dew-fresh ripe peach after eating a canned one. It's obviously the same thing but an order of magnitude better."

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Earlier in the week, the news splashed that a Long Island, New York, man claimed he had reverse-engineered the KFC's 11 herbs and spices. The secret recipe that Ron Douglas unlocked depends heavily on Accent, a commercial MSG-based flavoring.

Everyone blogged about the discovery, but did anyone try it? At least one blog we read did.

In England, Tim Hayward (above) of the Guardian's Word of Mouth went for it. But he went one better, asking Word of Mouth readers to help him come up with a version that didn't use MSG. He then taste-tested the Colonel's bird, the Ron Douglas mix, and the reader-sourced version:

Cooking from scratch enables us to do two things that the Colonel can't: use great chicken and drain the grease more efficiently. This gave us a real head start, and the results were stunning. A single bite of the homemade KFC is enough. It's like biting into a dew-fresh ripe peach after eating a canned one. It's obviously the same thing but an order of magnitude better. As before, none of the flavours predominated enough to be identifiable but, having made up the mix from scratch, we now know the secret. Herbs and spices be damned, that staggering, mouthfilling, umami facepunch of a flavour is down to the two tablespoonfuls of MSG.

GFC, our own mix, was very, very good. Nice flavours, well chosen and matched. It's refined, elegant and I'd proudly serve it at a family picnic. An elegant Southern church lady would gladly remove a cotton glove to pick up an MSG-free GFC drumstick. She would compliment us on our British reserve, our eccentric quirkiness and our general pluck, but as far as stimulating the senses goes, she'd politely opine, "why, it's like comparing iced tea and crystal meth".

Has anyone else out there jumped on the Ron Douglas recipe and tried it at home? I'd be curious to hear what your results were. [via MetaFilter]

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