and Martin, Grocers
Pious Ridge Rd.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
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K L Martz
Grocery item comes packaged in a manner reproducing 18th century packaging
using contemporary images and extant examples, whether packaged in paper
packets, cloth bags, or glass or earthenware containers.
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Colorants, Gums, Flavorings, Thickeners and Leavenings
Back in Stock! - Gum Dragon (Gum Tragacanth) Tears
Used for thickening, bonding, and stiffening.
(Ex.: making buckram)
1 oz, $10.00
Whole Insects, 1 oz, $22.00
Powder'd, 1 oz, $30.75
A small, dried, female insect harvested from the cactus (coccus
cacti). Used as a red dye for fabrics, as a food colorant, and in
medicines. Available in powdered or whole insects.
Chips, 1 oz, $7.75
Powder'd, 1 oz, $10.75
Used primarily in cosmetics and medicines, but also in foodstuffs;
imported from India. Chips on left in image; powder'd on right.
Annato and Anchiote
Whole (Anchiote), 1 oz, $3.75
Powder'd, 1 oz, 4.75
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Sumac Berry Dye
2 oz, $2.00
1/4 oz, $.50
1 oz, $6.00
aromatic resin scraped from the Boswellia sacra tree
found in Mediterranean countries. It is used to add fragrance
1 oz, $6.00
Orange-Flower Water, 4oz, $8.00
Rose-Flower Water, 4 oz, $5.75
NOT FOR USE IN FOOD
Indigo Dye, Lump or Powder'd
Lump (shown), 2 oz, $17.00
Powder'd, 2 oz, $22.00
A dye used on fiberstuffs and not for use
with food. Also available ground for your convenience.
(used with Indigo)
8 oz, $5.00
Tears, 1 oz, $4.75
A common ingredient during the 17th and 18th centuries, gum arabic
dries hard but is water-soluble and had long been used in making
1 oz, $20.00
Deer antler, sliced; used as a jellying-agent in cooking and medicines; useful in flummery.
Due to the recent upswing in price, we are searching diligently for new suppliers with lower pricing.
The isinglass available from brew supply shops is not pure: it
is adulterated and so is not useful in period receipts.
is a very pure form of gelatin obtained from the air bladder of
sturgeon. It replaced hartshorn as a thickener for jellies. It was
used in making jellies and puddings.
1/4 oz, $3.75
1 oz, $8.00
is the powdered or granulated form of starch obtained from the trunk-pith
of the sago palm.
Pearl, 6 oz, $5.00
Powder'd, 6 oz, 7.00
1 oz, $3.50
Pearlash replaced yeast and beaten egg whites as one of the first
chemical leavenings in sweet baking, particularly in ginger breads.
Prior to its use in foodstuffs, it was used in medicines, dyeing,
1 oz, $4.00
4 oz, $14.00
NOT an 18th-century item; early form of baking soda, its use is
appropriate from 1837-1905.