Did You Know – Worcestershire Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce is a fermented sauce made from vinegar, molasses, sugar, onions, salt, spices, garlic, tamarind and anchovies.
- The correct way to pronounce it is “Wuss Terr Sherr” sauce.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The sauce was commercialized in 1837 and the first bottles were sold to the public in 1838.
- Lea & Perrins is the leading global brand of Worcestershire Sauce.
- The producer claims they are the oldest commercially bottled condiment in the US.
- Worcestershire Sauce was named for the town of Worcester, England in the Shire (county) of Worcester.
- 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.