Dobyns and Martin, Grocers

1602 Pious Ridge Rd.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

304-258-2070


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Updated 6/2/2017.
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Each 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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The 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


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Food Colorants


Cochineal
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.

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Saunders/Red Sandalwood
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.

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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

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Flavorings


Frankincense Tears
1 oz, $6.00

An aromatic resin scraped from the Boswellia sacra tree found in Mediterranean countries. It is used to add fragrance to food.

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Myrrh (Gum)
1 oz, $6.00

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Flower Waters
Orange-Flower Water, 4oz, $8.00
Rose-Flower Water, 4 oz, $5.75

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Dyestuffs, Non-Food
NOT FOR USE IN FOOD

"The berry of a West Indian tree of the myrtle family.  To most English speaking people the tree is calledpimento and the berries allspice." John Nott
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.

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Washing Soda

(used with Indigo)
8 oz, $5.00

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Gums and Thickeners


Gum Arabic
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 confectionary.

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Hartshorn, Sliced

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.

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ISINGLASS

NOTE: The isinglass available from brew supply shops is not pure: it is adulterated and so is not useful in period receipts.

Isinglass
1/4 oz, $3.75
1 oz, $8.00

Isinglass 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.

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Sago Starch

Pearl, 6 oz, $5.00
Powder'd, 6 oz, 7.00

Sago is the powdered or granulated form of starch obtained from the trunk-pith of the sago palm.
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Leavenings

Pearlash
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, and laundry.


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Saleratus
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.


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