Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Was there really a Mr. Lea and Mr. Perrins?

Yes, there were two gentlemen that produced the now famous Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire sauce. In 1835, Lea and Perrins were running a small drugstore in Worcester, England when Lord Marcus Sandys came in and asked whether they could duplicate an Indian sauce he had enjoyed while in Bengal. The two of them mixed up a batch and the Lord did not like the smell nor the taste. They threw it in their cellar and forgot about it. Until, two years later they came across it and gave it a try. They were surprised by its different smell and flavor created by the aging. Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire sauce is now one the the most popular steak sauces in the world. Since that time, the recipe has changed very little from the original. The recipe is made up of anchovies, tamarinds, molasses, garlic, vinegar, chiles, cloves, and shallots. The mixture is still aged for two years before the solids are removed.

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