Ds has multiple severe IgE allergies. (He can react to trace trace amounts of an ingredient and has an epi-pen for 5 different foods because his allergies are so severe.) His diagnosed allergies right now are: soy, peanut, tree nut, wheat, milk, egg, and some other legumes.
Away from home, he is allowed single ingredient foods only (ie., a banana or something). At home, I am very careful what ingredients I use and possible cross-contamination. I'd like to make a recipe calling for worchestershire sauce. I'm a little concerned with the "natural flavors." Does it contain any allergens? I hate to try it and wait for a reaction given how severe his reactions are.
I am pretty sure there is wheat or gluten, and soy in worchestershire sauce. I would do it. While I miss the flavor of it sometimes, I think it is mainly umami and I can usually recreate that somehow.
But i will say that Lea & Perrins isnt the only business in town. I actually dont use L&P because of the CS. Theres Frenchs, Annies Organics, a few small boutique brands - ones an orange label w an oak barrel, ones a purplish label w a wizard... Even Target's house brand has a W sauce. I use Cajun Power (cajunpowersauce.com), which does not have natural flavors listed. It does have "herbs", and "spices", but no "natural flavors" or "caramel color". I can find it somewhat locally, but i'd be willing to order it if I couldnt anymore, because it tastes right (which some of the others don't, really).
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You can whomp up your own Worcestershire if you want to really control the ingredients--it's mainly the tamarind and anchovy that provide its character, IMO. This recipe is a decent template, and the soy sauce is mostly there for color and salt. A splash of fish sauce (not half a cup!) is a plausible stand-in for both that and the actual anchovy, with salt to taste.
L&P is the only worcestershire which reads GF and SF on the label. (Wait, there might be a couple generics, too . . . don't know which). I don't know if it *is* SF for sure, you'd have to contact the company. They claim it is GF. The natural flavorings could certainly hide a non top 8 allergen in the US.
From the website: Vinegar, Molasses, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Anchovies, Water, Onions, Salt, Garlic, Tamarind Concentrate, Cloves, Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract
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DS had a terrible reaction in the summer before he was diagnosed. I attributed it to the HFCS at the very least as he has a corn-A
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