The Norman Transcript


June 28, 2013

Is homemade better?



Say you ran out of worcestershire sauce. No problem. You can go online and search for a recipe for the homemade version of the sauce. Simple. Right?

As with anything sought on the Internet, the variety of choices is coma-inducing. Nevertheless, you eventually settle on a recipe and the directions consist of two pages of fine print. This means that not only will you be spending hours preparing the “healthy” version of the sauce, but as a side benefit, you will also go blind trying to read the directions.

Admittedly, the directions and the ingredients looked daunting, so you decided to read the comments section from other adventurous cooks. The reviews ran the gamut from “I would make it again” to “Ughhh!” The latter was intriguing enough to read the body of the comment — “This is not a recipe to be used with anything edible. I used it to stain the siding on my barn.”

OK then. That would be a big pass on making worcestershire sauce at home. Besides, the two year aging process, which mellows the flavors, does not mesh well with the modern concept of fast and easy.

Aside from this particular recipe, I have made homemade versions of soft tortillas, English muffins, puff pastry and countless other goodies. Admittedly, some were a bit tedious to prepare, especially the puff pastry. My Latina friends fell over laughing when they saw the palm-sized tortillas I made. Although the English muffins fared better when it came to the correct-sized end result.

My adventurous cooking inclinations notwithstanding, I did draw the line at making homemade dog biscuits. Besides, Spaz will eating anything, including the box it comes in.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novels “The Dionysus Connection” and “The Marathon Man” are available on Visit her website:

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