Dutch term – Eenheidsworst

Eenheidsworst (standardized sausage) has become a proverbial way to say something is run-of-the-mill, not terribly exciting.

The original eenheidsworst was introduced during World War I. Even though the Netherlands remained neutral, there were food shortages because overseas supply lines had been cut and much of the food produced in the Netherlands was sold or smuggled to Germany at inflated prices. The government introduced the eenheidsworst, consisting of 90% beef and 10% pork. Because herbs and sugar was added to the meat, 85 kilos of meat sufficed to make 100 kilos of sausage. The sausage apparently tasted pretty good, although the lack of variety was boring.

Announcement of eenheidsworst in Rotterdam. Credits: Historiek


  • “Eenheidsworst uit 1918,” Historiek (https://historiek.net/eenheidsworst-uit-1918-dankbaar-liedjesthema/56621/ : accessed 29 January 2021).
  • “WO 1 Schaarste in Nederland in 1917,” KB Nationale Bibliotheek (https://www.kb.nl/themas/geschiedenis-en-cultuur/nederland-tijdens-de-eerste-wereldoorlog/wo-i-schaarste-in-nederland-1917 : accessed 29 January 2021).
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  1. G.W.F.H. Nieuwelink-Reit says

    lees met plezier de nieuwsbrieven / ooit gevonden tijdens zoektocht naar familie-geschiedenis/.
    weet nu waar die slogan “eenheidsworst” vandaan is gekomen die “standaard” was in mijn Rotterdamse schoonfamilie!

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