I wonder if there is a refrigerator in Florida that does not have a resident bottle of Worcestershire sauce? Doubt it, Worcestershire sauce pairs with seafood so well that itвЂ™s just about mandatory. Worcestershire sauce has a distinctive flavor and smell. This anchovy based and fermented sauce and takes some months to produce. The traditional brand is Lea & Perrins and it has been in production since 1837 commercially.
Worcestershire sauce has a very interesting history. First made at 60 Broad St, Worcester, England by a couple of chemists: John Lea and William Perrins. The story goes that they had been commissioned to produce a condiment for an ex-governor of Bengal. The resulting sauce was so strong, it was unusable. They stored the product and it was recovered years later. The sauce had fermented during itвЂ™s exile and was now palatable. In 1838, Lea and Perrins decided to give it another go and what resulted is the paper wrapped condiment that we know and love today.
Worcestershire sauce compliments fish, seafood, beef and pork dishes. Essential in the Bloody Mary or Michelada cocktails. Worcestershire sauce imparts that anchovy deep flavor to beef meatballs, pork cutlets and marinades. My dad used to rub a steak with Lea & Perrins and sprinkle on garlic powder before grilling – good stuff! Many recipes for beef jerky or barbecue sauce use Worcestershire sauce for tang and depth.
Ingredients in Worcestershire sauce are malt vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onion, garlic, spice and flavoring according to the label. The spice and flavoring is believed to include soy sauce, cloves, lemon, peppers and pickles. Interestingly, Lea & Perrins produces two recipes, one for the British and one for the USA. The difference being white vinegar is subbed for the malt vinegar in the US version. Love to have a bottle of each and see if one could tell the difference.
Worcestershire sauce has been produced at the Midlands factory since Oct 16, 1897.
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is owned by Heinz Company, purchased in 2005.
Worcestershire sauce is made with anchovy and is not suitable for use in vegetarian dishes.
In Australia there are several manufacturers, Lionel Brand, Holbrooks and a Crockershire brand.