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Questions on FRENCH'S® Worcestershire Sauce

Q: Where does Worcestershire sauce come from?

A: Despite its name, Worcestershire sauce was originally an Indian recipe, brought back to Britain by Lord Marcus Sandys, ex-Governor of Bengal. One day in 1835, Sandys appeared in a prospering chemist's emporium in Worcestershire, England, and asked the chemist to create a batch of sauce from his recipe. Once the batch was prepared, they consigned the barrel to the cellars. In the midst of a spring cleaning sometime later, they came across the barrel and decided to taste the special mixture again before throwing it out. Wonder of wonders, the mixture had mellowed into a superlative sauce! The recipe was hastily bought from Lord Sandys, and in 1838, Britain's most famous commercial sauce was launched.

Q: Where can I buy French's® Worcestershire Sauce?

A: French's® Worcestershire Sauce is available at food stores across the nation. If you are unable to find your favorite French's® Worcestershire Sauce at your local store, you can ask your store manager to order it.

Q: How should I store French's® Worcestershire Sauce?

A: French's® Worcestershire Sauce should be stored at room temperature before opening. Once the bottle has been opened, it should be refrigerated in order to maintain the best flavor. Do not freeze.

Q: What is the shelf life of French's® Worcestershire Sauce?

A: If your French's® Worcestershire Sauce does not have a "Best When Used By Date," look for the Julian date production code on the bottle. This code consists of a letter followed by a five-digit number. The letter represents the manufacturing location, the first two numbers represent the year the sauce was produced, and the last three numbers represent the day of the year: this would be a number from 001 - 365. The recommended shelf life of French's® Worcestershire Sauce is 24 months. It is recommended that you consume French's® Worcestershire Sauce within two to three months after purchase to ensure the best possible flavor. All French's® Worcestershire Sauces are microbiologically safe to eat for an indefinite period of time.

Q: What are the ingredients in Worcestershire sauce?

A: The ingredient that sets Worcestershire sauce apart from most sauces is tamarind, the fruit of Tamarindus indica or Indian date in Arabic. The pods resemble brown pea pods and contain thick, sticky pulp that has the consistency of dates and a spicy date/apricot flavor. Although often referred to as "tamarind seed" in recipes, the tamarind pulp surrounding the seed is what's actually used in preparation. Tamarind fruit contains more sugar than any other fruit, but is balanced by its high acid content, which gives it that sweet and sour taste. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and is also available in dried slices, concentrate, paste, balls, and solid block forms. Although the flavor of lemon juice is nothing like that of a tamarind, recipes often suggest lemon juice as a substitution in a pinch, but know that you will not have an authentic flavor without tamarind. Tamarind is an ingredient in seasonings, curries, chutneys, various drinks, and of course, Worcestershire sauce. Although it has not been proven to grow hair, tamarind fruit does have medicinal value as a mild laxative. A natural refrigerant with cooling properties, tamarind is also used as a drink to ease fevers as well as to quench thirst as a refreshing summer drink. It is also a key ingredient in the original Bloody Mary mix.

Q: Do you have any recipes that call for French's® Worcestershire Sauce?

A: You bet! In addition to the many uses listed above, French's® Worcestershire Sauce is an important ingredient in many dishes.

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