1920 Lea & Perrins Sauce Advertisement

Advertisement for ea & Perrins Sauce
Source: Good Housekeeping (June, 1920)

I have a bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in my refrigerator. I use Worcestershire Sauce to give Sloppy Joes their tangy taste – but apparently I’ve never really appreciated its ability to make foods more gourmet. According to this 1920 advertisement for Lea & Perrins Sauce, it gives canned meat, soup, fish, and vegetables a real “chef” taste.

I wonder when the word “Worchestershire” was added to the name. Back in 1920, Lea & Perrins was just called a sauce.

25 thoughts on “1920 Lea & Perrins Sauce Advertisement

  1. I have a bottle of it in the refrigerator, too, and the last time I used it was for sloppy joes. I know that it was considered a necessary ingredient in my mother’s sloppy joes. Today, I rarely come across recipes that call for it.

  2. I add it to stew, hamburgers, “wimpies” (the NE PA name for sloppy joes, which are called “barbecue” in Central PA), and always to Welsh rarebit. I keep it in the fridge now, but never did in the old days. Because I had a father from New England, I was probably the only kid around who knew how to pronounce it!

  3. “I have a bottle of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in my refrigerator.”

    I think everyone does. I know we have one, even though I have no idea what we use it for.

  4. Last week we did the shopping for a home-bound neighbor. Her list had Worcestershire sauce on it, and I texted back asking if she wanted store brand or Lea and Perrins. The reply was immediate — the real stuff.

    I put a dash of the sauce in a number of things. Grandson David grew up in a household that used it frequently, so I add it to things he likes.

  5. How amazing that this sauce has been around for one hundred years! Loved the ad and label, Sheryl. I have it in the cupboard and use it for many things. But I can imagine it really spruces up canned foods.

  6. I use Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce in stews or soups. I remember at one time people used to add a few drops to bottled French salad dressing. I wonder if anyone still does?

  7. A classic for years. I put it in my Caesar salad dressing, amongst other things. Also, we have never kept ours in the refrigerator. If anything bad was going to come out of unrefrigerated Worcestershire sauce, it would have happened years ago.

  8. “Cool” ad! I use it on hamburger patties if I’m frying them and in cheese and mushroom soups. I know I use it in other things, too. But I don’t keep mine in the refrigerator, should I?

  9. I add Worcestershire sauce to lots of things. I even have ‘The Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce Cookbook’. There’s a short history at the back of the book. It says that around 1830, when Lord Sandys returned from Bengal to his home in Worcestershire, he asked Lea and Perrins (both chemists) to make up a sauce recipe that he had picked up on his travels. They tasted the completed recipe and thought it tasted terrible. But they put aside a few jars and came upon them several years later. They discovered the mixture had matured into a wonderfully delicious sauce. Commercial production began in 1837.

  10. Lea & Perrins brand is the best… I’ve tried other brands while they were okay ,they lacked . I use it in grilling, other sauces and it’s makes a delicious broiled chicken when rolled in butter,Worcestershire sauce then a salted flour. Chicken thighs are the best to use. It sits in my pantry.

  11. I use this all the time. Once, when we ran out, my husband bought a store brand. I don’t know if it was psychological or what, but I could tell the difference. Now we only use Lea & Perrins.

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