Recently, we bought a carton of tomato juice to make a change from grapefruit juice at breakfast.
I found it a bit bland, so on Thursday I reached down our bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce from the top shelf of the kitchen cupboard. The bottle looked a bit old and dusty but I reckoned there couldn’t be much to go wrong with Worcester sauce, so I sprinkled a few drops into my glass of tomato juice. It did the trick just as ever – pepped it up nicely.
This morning I did it again, this time using rather more Lea & Perrins. It still tasted fine. But out of curiosity I decided to see whether our bottle predated Best Before dates or whether it had one hidden away somewhere. Eventually I found a faded Best Before date on the top of the cap: May 1998.
The label of the sauce proudly proclaims ‘Blended and matured for 3 years’. Well we can do better than that. Ours has matured for at least 18 years.
Here’s what the label tells us is in the sauce: Malt Vinegar, Spirit Vinegar, Molasses, Sugar, Salt, Anchovies, Tamarinds, Shallots, Garlic, Spices, Flavouring. (Wouldn’t have thought that lot would need ‘flavouring’.) Anyway, most of the stuff feels as if it would work like a preservative, though I suppose the anchovies could be a worry after 18 years. If this is my last blog post, you’ll know they were.