A TikTok user posted a video showing how KFC makes its gravy, and people are not too happy about it. Continue reading to learn more.
Why KFC Fans are Upset
In late September, a U.K.-based KFC employee posted a video on the social media platform TikTok showing how the chicken chain makes its beloved gravy. Many of the restaurant’s fans were upset.
So, what’s the problem? Did the employee reveal the secret herbs and spices that go into making the chicken and gravy so delicious? Unfortunately, no. Not that anyone would even be upset about that — at least not the customers anyway.
The TikTok user, who goes by the name cheddar4.7, revealed what some people feel is a very disgusting way to make gravy — or any food for that matter.
“I wish I never saw this,” one TikTok user commented.
“How can something that looks so bad taste so good?” another user wrote.
Other comments included: “That is grim,” “Thank God I’m a vegetarian,” and “Never having gravy from KFC again.”
Not all of the comments were negative, though. In fact, some people were relieved to see that the gravy was made with actual chicken and not some artificially flavored gunk. They were also glad to see that the restaurant doesn’t waste any of its products. Not only that, but other commenters admitted that they use the same technique to make gravy at home.
Others questioned why so many people don’t know that gravy is traditionally made from meat juices. Anyway, regardless of how people felt about it, the video went viral, garnering over 2,000 comments and over 600,000 views — with more to come, I’m sure.
KFC Employees Don’t Like It Either
Believe it or not, it isn’t just the customers who are grossed out by this concoction. Even some of the employees are disgusted by it. A former KFC worker took to Quora to tell his story about how the restaurant’s gravy-making process left him traumatized.
When answering the question ‘What item should I avoid at KFC?’, the former employee answered: “While I still enjoy KFC from time to time, that gravy is anything but gravy. It’s horrid. I pray you never have to see the sludge I handled during the morning shifts. My stomach churns at the thought.”
So, what exactly is this “sludge” he was referring to? Well, he explained that in his post, too: “Each morning, after a full 12 hours of constant frying and cooking, the cook will arrive at 7 a.m. and begin draining the now black oil. The contents at the bottom of the fryer, you can only imagine. Black sludge. It’s the only way I can describe it. Just a black solution seeping with oil and dripping in fat. The remaining chicken pieces are all burnt to a crisp. A lot of it is just the bones and leftover residue.”
Another former KFC worker also answered the same question on Quora, saying that if customers were ever to see the gravy before it is cooked, they would never want to eat it. He also said that all of the workers at the KFC location where he was employed referred to the gravy as “sludge” also.
And, while there is actually nothing wrong with the technique used (chicken gravy is supposed to be made using leftover chicken and oil), it’s the fact that the gravy is made from the stuff left in the bottom of the fryers, which only get cleaned out once a week, a former employee in Australia told The New Zealand Herald.
Colonel Sanders Wouldn’t Like It Either
The gravy served up at KFC locations around the world today isn’t Colonel Sanders’ original gravy recipe. According to an article published by Delish, you can’t even get the original gravy anymore because executives decided to ditch it in favor of a recipe that wasn’t so time-consuming, costly, and difficult to replicate.
“Let’s face it, the Colonel’s gravy was fantastic, but you had to be a Rhodes Scholar to cook it,” a company executive told The New Yorker back in a February 1970 interview. “It involved too much time, it left too much room for human error, and it was too expensive.”
However, the Colonel prided himself on his recipe, stating that it was so good you’d “throw away the durn chicken and just eat the gravy.” And, while it is still quite tasty today, it’s highly likely the Colonel wouldn’t be too pleased with the way it’s now being made.
How KFC Makes Its Gravy
Ok, so this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Now it’s time to see what all the fuss is about. Without further ado, here is how KFC makes its gravy today:
According to cheddar4.7, the fast-food chain uses the offcuts and meat juices from the fryer after it goes to the bottom to make the gravy. He refers to the offcuts as “crackling” or “cracklin’,” as it is commonly known in the southern United States.
The crackling and meat juices are then stored in the fridge. Once removed from the fridge, hot water is added to it. It’s then stirred.
Next, a special seasoning is added to flavor it and thicken it up. The mixture is then heated in the oven for nine minutes. It’s then removed from the oven, stirred, and heated again for another nine minutes.
Lastly, the gravy is strained through a sieve to remove any bits before being poured into the individual plastic containers with the red lids. The gravy is then placed in a hot cabinet where it is stored for up to six hours.
As you can see, this recipe doesn’t sound all that disgusting. In fact, it was the unappealing images of the “brown clump” that had people in an uproar.
Still, despite what others may have to say about this gravy-making process, cheddar4.7 defends it. In response to the commenter who said they would never have KFC’s gravy ever again, cheddar4.7 said: “It’s actually made in a clean way. I still have it, so why shouldn’t you?”