Worcestershire Sauce
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Worcestershire Sauce pronounced wust-ter-shire, woos-ter-sheer, or woos-ter-sher – is a Vinegar and Molasses-based condiment used to beef up the taste of Meat and add a dash of flavor to Bloody Mary cocktails. Although Worcestershire sauce is now the generic name for the popular condiment that also uses Anchovies and Tamarind, it is mostly widely associated with its first manufacturer, Lea & Perrins ®. Lea & Perrins ® Worcestershire Sauce, named for the English county of its birth, was first imported to the United States (US) in 1839 and is the oldest bottled Condiment in the country – by contrast, Heinz launched its Ketchup in 1876.

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Cultivation

Production

The Sweet, Tangy, Salty taste of Worcestershire sauce was inspired in the mid-1800s by Lord Sandys, a British nobleman who enjoyed the distinctive sauce he remembered from his travels in India. He asked Worcester chemists John Lea and William Perrins to attempt to duplicate the Sauce, which combined Vinegar, Spices, Fish, and Molasses.

In 1837, Lea & Perrins ® bottled and sold their Worcestershire sauce throughout Europe. In 1839, John Duncan, a New York businessman, began importing the sauce to the US. Bottles are still wrapped in paper that originally protected them from breakage during shipping and is now a symbol of the Lea & Perrins ® brand. Although the recipe for Lea & Perrins ® Worcestershire Sauce is a trade secret, ingredients labeled on the bottle include Vinegar, Molasses, Anchovies, Water, Onions, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind concentrate, Cloves, and Chili Pepper Extract. The sauce is aged in wooden barrels for 18 months.

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Storage

Worcestershire Sauce should always be stored at room temperature before opening. Once opened, it can either be stored refrigerated or at room temperature. Storing Worcestershire Sauce in the refrigerator after opening, can help maintain its pungent flavor. Generally, Worcesterhsire Sauce will last 1-2 years if stored properly.

*Do not freeze.

Culinary Uses

Worcestershire sauce is commonly used as a Steak Sauce and a flavoring for Burgers in the US, as a Dipping Sauce in Hong Kong, and as a dash of flavor for the ultimate Cheese Toast in the United Kingdom (UK). In 1921, Harry’s New York Bar in Paris splashed a bit of Worcestershire sauce in a glass with Vodka and Tomato Juice to create the first Bloody Mary. The sauce is Gluten Free, but it is not considered an appropriate sauce for Vegetarians because it contains Fish.

Substitutes

Soy Sauce

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
SAUCE,WORCESTERSHIRE
Amount Per 100g
Calories 78
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
42%
Sodium 980mg
17%
Potassium 800mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate 19g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes