Did You Know – Worcestershire Sauce

  1. Worcestershire Sauce is a fermented sauce made from vinegar, molasses, sugar, onions, salt, spices, garlic, tamarind and anchovies.
  2. The correct way to pronounce it is “Wuss Terr Sherr” sauce.
  3. This condiment, when opened, is made to last in your cool, dry pantry for about a year. Stored in the refrigerator it should last up to three years.
  4. Two chemists whipped up a batch of the sauce, however, it was so strong and considered inedible that they put the barrel in the basement. The chemists names were John Lea and William Perrins.
  5. After 18 months they removed the barrel of sauce from the basement and decided to give it another taste. They discovered the long fermented sauce had become mellow and palatable.
  6. The sauce was commercialized in 1837 and the first bottles were sold to the public in 1838.
  7. Lea & Perrins is the leading global brand of Worcestershire Sauce.
  8. The producer claims they are the oldest commercially bottled condiment in the US.
  9. Worcestershire Sauce was named for the town of Worcester, England in the Shire (county) of Worcester.
  10. The reason the paper wrapper was originally placed over the bottles was to avoid bottle breakage during shipping. Today it is not necessary, however, the paper wrap has come to symbolize the premium quality of Lea & Perrins.

Source: en.m.Wikipedia.org



  1. Good to know 👍🏼 – A lot of fermented foods we have today were found by mishaps so to speak. I read a similar story to how sour cream came to be. A farmer had skimmed the cream from the milk and had set it a side and forgot about it until several days later. When he seen what had happened to the cream, he experimented to see if it would happen again. And it did. Today though, sour cream is made by adding an acidic ingredient to cream to speed up the process of making sour cream.

  2. All us English cooks know of Worcester sauce .Town of my families stand against Lancaster troops and how we took the throne of England in 1471 .Sauce is now famous all over world and so is my ancestor King Edward 1v

  3. Thanks for the back story on Worcestershire Sauce. I just used it the other day and laughed to myself about the abudance of umami condiments that are available now. The original is still the best.

  4. You always post such interesting information! I didn’t know that was the correct way to pronounce it, you can imagine how people have said it over the years! It always amazes me how people invent different things, like combining food items and getting something delicious.

    • My husband asked me what was in it and then said it would make a good post, he was right. I was intrigued by how it came to be. Pronouncing it is more fun than using it. Lol I always thought about the inventions too Susan, then I felt sorry for the taste testers (wondering how many died or got sick) until it was mastered.

  5. Love this trivia. I’ve never used this sauce until very recently to make an ox tail recipe and it was delicious. Part of my pantry of sauces now. Didn’t realize the brand I use was by the creators!

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