Skip to content

Trials and Tribulations

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Worcestershire Sauce Secret Recipe Found in Trash

by Sarah LeTrent (Subscribe to Sarah LeTrent’s posts)
Posted Nov 3rd 2009 2:00PM
Filed under: Recipes

worcestershire sauce secret recipe

Photo: Lawrence Loo, Landov.

A 170-year-old food secret was almost lost to the trash heap.

The original recipe notes for Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce have been unearthed in a dumpster near the sauce factory by former company accountant, Brian Keogh. It was unclear why he was digging through the trash.

The accountant passed away in 2006, but his discovery only recently came to light after his daughter Bonnie Clifford brought the notes to Worcester City Museums.

The ingredient list originally read as vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions and garlic. The secret ingredients — until now unknown to the public — were simply listed as “spices” and “flavorings.”

The recovered notes reveal that the secret ingredients include soy sauce, cloves, pickles, peppers and lemon.

Before the discovery, no single person in the Lea & Perrins staff knew the entirety of the recipe. Much of it was written in code using terms such as “1 lb. of bulldog,” David Nash of the Worcester City Museums told the Daily Mail.

Despite the find, the notes still fail to disclose how to blend the sauce, as well as how much sauce the recipe makes.

Love Worcestershire sauce? How do you use it? Tell us in the comments below.

[Via The Daily Mail]

Tags: condiments, LeaandPerrins, LeaPerrins, secret recipe, SecretRecipe, worcestershire, worcestershire ingredients, worcestershire sauce, WorcestershireIngredients, WorcestershireSauce, worchestershire sauce secret recipe, WorchestershireSauceSecretRecipe

Comments [114]

Related Headlines

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 6)

Ryan

1

11-03-2009 @ 2:09PM

Ryan said…

Bloody Mary’s and Bloody Ceaser’s definitely require this Worstershier Sauce!!!

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Angela

2

11-03-2009 @ 2:35PM

Angela said…

I use W. sauce in a lot of recipes. It goes well with meatloaf and also adds a bit of punch to marinades. It will work in a pinch if I don’t have soy sauce for a marinade, but I have to adjust the other ingredients accordingly. If you are frying steak, just put some on them and it will make them taste yummy, plus cook down to form a thick base for gravy.

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Joe K

3

11-03-2009 @ 2:41PM

Joe K said…

Lee & Perrins Worstershire sauce is great mixed in with sour cream used as a topping for baked potatoes. Gives it a creamy, delicious taste that guests always inquire about. I also splash in on steaks with sea salt before grilling. Protects the meat from carcinogens and complements flavor.

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Mary

4

11-03-2009 @ 2:42PM

Mary said…

The best thing healthiwise about Worcestershire sauce is that it is low sodium, can replace TBS of soy sauce w/ 1/4 c worc. sauce !!!!!

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Jay

5

11-03-2009 @ 2:49PM

Jay said…

sprinkle on hotdogs as they grill. It coats them with the dark flavorful covering.

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Tom

6

11-03-2009 @ 2:52PM

Tom said…

Years ago, a family friend had the following tasty snack at her party: On a saucer, put a room temperature bar of cream cheese, smothered in Worcestershire Sauce. Provide crackers and knife.

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Gary

7

11-03-2009 @ 2:50PM

Gary said…

Joe K – Reduces carcinogens? What gave you that idea?

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Robert

8

11-03-2009 @ 2:51PM

Robert said…

I use it to marinate chicken before grilling. Adds great flavor!

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

MisterTommy

9

11-03-2009 @ 2:53PM

MisterTommy said…

There’s one problem I see with this story. This might be the “original” recipe for L&P. But, if you read the label on a Lea & Perrins bottle, you will also find one other ingredient – High Fructose Corn Syrup. Lea & Perrins is by far the best tasting, but as long as it contains HFCS, I’ll suffer along with an inferior brand of Worcestershire that doesn’t use that artery inflaming crap. HFCS needs to be banned from all consumer foods.

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Rich Sokol

10

11-03-2009 @ 2:54PM

Rich Sokol said…

Lea & Perrins has been on my family’s table since birth. I think Dad got it from his Dad. There was no substitute. Other brands may just as well not exist. And if we were out Dad grumbled. I’ve picked up the habit but need to be careful as my wife may see it as an insult to her preparations. Just the other day I found Wal-Mart brand Worcestershire in our refrigerator. The label was colored to resemble Lea & Perrins. I tried it. Not the same but surprisingly not bad. The other brands never came even close. All in all. Lea & Perrins

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

S.D.

11

11-03-2009 @ 2:58PM

S.D. said…

I drink it right out of the bottle! I also use it to clean the toilets.

Reply

2.5 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Jay

12

11-03-2009 @ 3:00PM

Jay said…

I use it on all meat. And to add a dash of piquancy to my bleu cheese dressing (half sour cream, half mayo, sprinkle of grlic powder, lots of crumbled bleu cheese and two big dashes of Lee & Perrins (I could pick it’s unique blend from dozens of others in a taste off)

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

joy

13

11-03-2009 @ 3:06PM

joy said…

*FYI- HFCS does not cause artery problems in itself… the consumption of too much HFCS or any other sweetner for that matter can cause Obesity which in turn may promte conditions such as type 2 diabetes,high blood pressure or artery didease.

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

CriminyJikets

14

11-03-2009 @ 3:12PM

CriminyJikets said…

It was a staple in all southern diners, made uniformly by head cooks and sat in various unlabeled bottles on all the tables. For decades people used it and wondered what it was asking “WhatsisHereSauce”? Yanks decided that was too crude and named it after a county in England. Yea, thats how it went.

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Pam

15

11-03-2009 @ 3:27PM

Pam said…

I too drink Lea and Perrins! Taste great and less filling. Have not tried it on toilets yet, but is good to know. lol! Never get caught without it as I always pick some up when at the store. Pantry has 3 or 4 bottles in it now. That and garlic powder.

Reply

2.5 stars vote down

vote up

Report

cazsue

16

11-03-2009 @ 3:30PM

cazsue said…

Add a tablespoon to macaroni and cheese – delicious!

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

coty

17

11-03-2009 @ 3:33PM

coty said…

What ever happened to their other original steak sauce? It was thicker and the best steak sauce ever! I can’t find it anywhere in the stores and have been searching for it for years. If they stopped making it, they should bring it back!

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

Joan

18

11-03-2009 @ 3:32PM

Joan said…

I use L&P in a steak sauce my father developed as well as with salmon. In addition I use it in meat loaf and hamburgers.

Reply

3 stars vote down

vote up

Report

bk

19

11-03-2009 @ 3:36PM

bk said…

CriminyJikets Now that’s funny…

Reply

2 stars vote down

vote up

Report

solomeeo

20

11-03-2009 @ 3:56PM

solomeeo said…

Don’t use worcestershire sauce. Liquid smoke is MUCH better.

Reply

Half a star vote down

vote up

Report

‘+author+’‘+replyToUndo+’

3) { errorMessage += “You can only enter 3 urls! “; } document.getElementById(‘formerrors’).innerHTML = errorMessage; return false; } }

Add your comments

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

When you enter your name and email address, you’ll be sent a link to confirm your comment, and a password. To leave another comment, just use that password.

To create a live link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address and we will make it a live link for you. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments. Line breaks and paragraphs are automatically converted — no need to use <p> or <br> tags.

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: