Subject: Re: Maid-Rites
Date: 10/27/2018 9:54 AM
On 10/26/2018 10:33 AM, Mary wrote:
I am looking for a receipt for maid rite loose meat sandwiches. I have been looking and
trying receipes for 20 years.
Well, there are problems with your request. I have had requests for this recipe before,
and I found that there are many different recipes for Maid-Rites on the Internet. No one
seems to know which of the many recipes is closest to the original. So, until someone can
produce a written copy of the original recipe that can be shown to have been written by
the creator of Maid-Rites, then it must be assumed that all of the available recipes are
"copycats," created by people trying to re-create the original sandwich without knowing
the original recipe.
There is not even real agreement on where the sandwich originated. These sites all give
different locations for the original Maid-Rite shop:
Wikipedia - Durant, Iowa
Dine and Dish - Marshalltown, Iowa
Funding Universe - Muscatine, Iowa
QC Times - Muscatine, Iowa
Flickr - Springfield, Illinois
There is a "Maid-Rite" website at : Maid Rite
The Maid-Rite site says the sandwich was created by Fred Angell in Muscatine, Iowa.
They were so popular that he immediately began to sell franchises, and Maid-Rite spread
quickly in Iowa in the 1920s. Marshalltown, Iowa is the home of "Taylor's Maid-Rites",
which is one of the oldest existing franchises.
Someone told me, or I read somewhere (I can't recall which or where.), that part of the
problem in determining the original Maid-Rite recipe is that Fred, and later the Maid-Rite
Company, were not like modern franchise companies as far as insisting that franchisees use
the same seasonings and recipe. Individual Maid-Rites franchises, therefore, tweaked the
recipe as they wished and so Maid-Rites from different locations began to be slightly
different from each other.
Mary, you say you "have been trying recipes for 20 years." I have no way to know which
ones you have tried and rejected, and which ones you have not tried. You don't give me
the location of the Maid-Rite shop whose sandwiches you want to duplicate, which might
be a big help. So, even though I can find dozens of recipes, I have no idea which one(s)
to send you. I don't want to send you recipes that you have already tried and rejected.
The books "Hamburger America" by George Motz and "American Sandwich" by Becky Mercuri have
articles about Maid-Rite, but both are about Taylor's Maid-Rite in Marshalltown, not much
about the original shop in Muscatine. They both give "tastes-like" recipes, and both say
Taylor's recipe uses beer. I can send you a recipe with beer if you wish.
I have Maid-Rite sandwich recipes on these pages from previous requests:
If you'll tell me the location of the Maid-Rites shop whose sandwich you wish to duplicate,
I will try to find a copycat recipe for that particular location's sandwiches.