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I Gots Me A Question

You can tell me if this is the case.  I'm a big girl.  I can handle it.

Is there a national Worcester sauce shortage on?

Is this like WWII, only instead of rationing milk, eggs, and gas, we're clamping down on meat condiments?  Because I had to stop in four different stores before I found any.  Josh The Pilot tracked one tiny little bottle down at a Bloom, but it was some gourmet crap made with sherry, chili peppers, and, by the smell of it, liquified asphalt.

It's not like I lead a Worcester sauce-intensive life--a little for the meatloaf, a dump or two for marinating--but I was brought up to believe that in America, if in your deepest of hearts you desire Worcester sauce, you can achieve it.

Is Big Oil to blame for this?  Or is this yet another societal ill to be laid at the feet of the Prius, in addition to raising the nation's Self-Love Quotient to levels not seen since the 1984 Summer Olympics?  I mean, I want to know.  So I can help.  Or, at the very least, cyber-yell at the proper parties.

A1 is not an option at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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Reader Comments (8)

Lea & Perrins, baby!
I don't know of any shortage off hand, but I'll be on the lookout for you. Perhaps you will have to make an interstate WS run. I think it's legal to bring it back in the state with you...
Oh and true aficionados know it's 'worcesterSHIRE sauce'. :p

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I'm afraid I am ignorant as to the answer to this question. However, did you know that Worcestershire sauce is actually "anchovy sauce"? I can probably get you a recipe if you get the anchovies . . .

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJenn

You know, Worcester is one of those really neat names we got from the British that's not pronounced like it's spelled (which is, technically, Worcestershire). My personal favorite is Cholomondeley, which comes out "Chumley." Or Versailles, which, while French and not British, is pronounced here in Ohio as Ver-SALES.
The shelves are full here, anyway.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

There was plenty on the shelf at Kroger in Auburn when we took Grandma shopping on Saturday. Let us know if you need us to send you a bottle.

Happy Anniversary!

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHunter House Mom

I would like to ask the same question about 'whipped salad dressing,' a.k.a. 'mayonnaise for people who don't like mayonnaise.' There was only ONE brand of WSD at my local store! And it was in a tiny jar, too--none of those big, barrel-sized jars that mayo comes in to be found. What's with that?

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj.s.

It's been a couple of months since I bought a bottle (we call it Worcestershire sauce), but I obtained it from my local supermarket. Which probably doesn't help you, given that my local supermarket is more than 1000 miles from you, but if there's a shortage, it appears to be hitting the east coast first. Colorado's still a land-o-plenty.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZoe

This is probably part of the Illuminati condiment conspiracy, part of their evil plot to install a "New Sauce Order" ;-)

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

Maybe you just went to the store on the wrong day? I cannot go into our Kroger on Sunday afternoons. The shelves are practically bare, and I can never find anything that I need. Monday morning? Perfect. I only know that because one day when I was home sick with Caitlyn, we went to the Kroger pharmacy to fill her prescription, and there they were stocking the shelves. Empty store, full shelves . . . it was a beautiful thing!

July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShannon
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