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November 03, 2009

The secret of Worcestershire Sauce

Found in a skip.

After more than 170 years, the original recipe for Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce has been revealed. It was found in notes dating from the mid-1800s that were dumped in a skip by the sauce factory.

Brian Keogh, a former Lea and Perrins accountant, discovered the notes, which were neatly written in sepia ink in two leather-bound folios, and rescued them.

Vinegar, molasses, sugar, salt, anchovies, tamarind extract, onions and garlic. And under spice and flavouring: Cloves, soy sauce, lemons, pickles and peppers.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 3, 2009 08:47 AM


A key spice is the foul-smelling Ayurvedic resin from asafoetida

Posted by: jdpercifield [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 10:13 AM


Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 01:20 PM

Thanks Flea
I've tried to make my own, with tamarind extract made from scratch. Never thought of anchovies.

Posted by: doug newton [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 03:12 PM

And that is why you should never throw anything out. Good thing someone was around to rescue the notebooks.

Posted by: cm [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 3, 2009 07:12 PM