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Monday, March 28, 2005

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

I just made a batch of Worcestershire Sauce that is starting its 2 week aging process. You can use it in place of Lea & Perrins. It has a unique flavor that is sweeter, thicker, and spicier than the store bought variety. It's wonderful in marinades! I adapted this recipe from the Commander's Kitchen cookbook. Tamarind (or Tamarindo) is a pod fruit native to tropical Africa and not so native to most grocery stores. I've found it jarred in paste form in Indian markets and fresh in one really great produce market. The paste is more convenient, but I like working with exotic fresh ingredients, so I've used both.

Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
3 Medium Onions, Chopped
5 Serrano or Jalapeno Chilies, Chopped
10 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
1 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
2 oz. Anchovy Fillets
4 Cups Water
2 Quarts Distilled White Vinegar
2 Cups Steen's 100% Pure Cane Syrup
2 Cups Dark Corn Syrup
1 Cup Molasses
1 tsp. Whole Cloves
2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
2 Peeled and Chopped Lemons
3 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
1/2 lb Fresh Horseradish, Peeled & Grated

Combine the oil, onions, chilies, and garlic in a Heavy Dutch Oven (I like Cast Iron), saute until the onions are slightly softened. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon, about 3 hours. Strain. Refrigerate.

**If you like, put this in sterilized mason jars, screw on hot lids tightly, and place in a hot water bath, covering the jars by 1 inch. Boil for 15 minutes then remove and let cool. Check the seals, tighten the lids. Keep in a cool, dark place indefinitely. Refrigerate after opening.


Blogger Carolyn said...

walnut ketchup I live just up the road from you in Port Austin on the shore of Lake Huron. I made walnut ketchup at the same time I made walnut wine, vin noix. It tastes very similar to Worcestershire sauce, but I shall have to try your version, too.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Danno said...

Wow, small world! I will have to try making Vin Noix also, finding green walnuts will be a challenge, but that is half of the fun. I just love your site!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking for some Creole/Cajun recipes ... accidently came across your site. WOW! I love it! Can't wait to read all the links ..... Suggestion: Look in Hispanic markets for fresh Tamarind (or Tamarindo). Once, I lived in theReio Grande Valle and saw it quite frequently in the local supermarkets. Maybe, Hispanic stores in the Detroit area might carry the tamarind pods. Just a suggestion.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Danno said...

Thanks for the tip about the Hispanic markets, of which Detroit has many. I'm sure I will make other great finds there as well.

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danno, anytime you want some tamarind just email me and I'll send you some. They are fairly available here in So. Texas.

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also find tamarind in block form here:
(just type tamarind into the search box), along with a lot of hard to find herbs and spices. They have great quality organic spices, and they do free shipping!

2:41 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

any suggestions for substituting out the anchovy? My son has a fish allergy and I'd love to find a worcestershire substitute sans fin!

great blog - glad I came across it!

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just made this yesterday and used it right away to make chicken and shrimp jambalaya. This recipe is incredible! Next to this, Lee & Perrins just tastes like salt. I ended up cooking this for about six hours and reduced it by half. I strained it through cheesecloth to reduce the grittiness. Absolutely divine!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One more thing... I ordered the syrup directly from Steen's. Four sixteen-ounce bottles with shipping was about $25. The tamarind paste I found at a local Indian market, which had about a dozen jars. The end result is well worth the effort.

10:02 AM  
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