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Old 09-27-2014, 05:20 PM   #1
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Worcestershire Sauce?

Talking about "brown sauce" on another thread reminds me that I keep meaning to ask everyone about Worcestershire Sauce. I see it mentioned time and time again on "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives", so clearly it is a well-known ingredient across the pond.

I have two questions for everyone (and I particularly want to hear from some other Brits as well as everyone else on this one.)

1. How do you pronounce it? (I pronounce it "Wooster") And I cannot lie, I do smile when I hear it pronounced in all sorts of ways on DD&D.

2. If you use it, what do you use it for? I hardly ever use it, but at the same time, I always have it in my cupboard. (Strange, but true - every few years I check the sell-by date - realise it is way past and get another bottle.)

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Old 09-27-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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That is an easy one for those of us who live in Massachusetts as we have a city called Worcester. I too pronounce it Wooster Sheer. And no, I don't use it. I don't think I have ever bought a bottle.

We also have a town with the same name as in the UK. We here in Boston we pronounce Gloucester as Gloss Ter. So many folks from other states pronounce it Glow (That would be OW with the GL in front) ces ter. I have also heard it pronounced Glue sester.

A lot of our streets and towns in New England have names from the UK. And I live in a city that has a lot of tourists. During my working days, I would go out for my lunch hour and listen to them talk. No wonder they had trouble finding their way around.
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I call it, "What's This Here Sauce?"

I use it in meatloaf, hamburger and on steaks.
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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I don't even use the "sheer" bit Addie. It's just "Wooster sauce" to me! (So much easier to pronounce)

So, do you use it to cook with?
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Old 09-27-2014, 05:57 PM   #5
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It's called Wuster Sheer, to me. Like Addie says, the second largest city in New England plus "shire."

It's one if those restaurant secrets. Like soy sauce a little bit adds a lot of umami to pretty much anything savory.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:01 PM   #6
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I don't even use the "sheer" bit Addie. It's just "Wooster sauce" to me! (So much easier to pronounce)

So, do you use it to cook with?
Mostly used in meat dishes that I know of. My first hubby was from the UK and he insisted that it be in the house at all times. He used it if he cooked. I never did.
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It's called Wuster Sheer, to me. Like Addie says, the second largest city in New England plus "shire."

It's one if those restaurant secrets. Like soy sauce a little bit adds a lot of umami to pretty much anything savory.
I bought a tiny tub of umami sauce not long ago. Seems I needn't have bothered as I had the perfect thing lurking in my cupboard already!
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:10 PM   #8
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Woorstasheer here. Good in Bloody Marys too! Stews, soups, anything with beef.
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Old 09-27-2014, 06:16 PM   #9
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yup, wuster sheer.

interesting that everyone puts it on meats. i mostly use it for veggies, both raw and steamed. it's great on steamed peas, or carrots, and it's unbelievably good on raw tomatoes.

when i was a kid, if you wouldn't eat your veggies, my dad would hit it with a little worcestershire sauce and suddenly they weren't so bad. i can't eat lima beans without a splash until this day.
we would also go into the garden with a bottle instead of a salt shaker and raid the tomato plants.
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It's a secret ingredient in my deviled eggs!

I also add it to all kinds of sauces.
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