and Martin, Grocers
Pious Ridge Rd.
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411
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design and maintenance:
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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are found on the Oilman page)
Brown, caster, and muscovado sugars;
lump sugar and sugar loaf
sweet juice extracted out of canes growing in the West Indies, which
being bruised and pressed are put into vessels, where the liquor is
boiled 7 times, till it is brought to a consistence, by means of lemon
juice." (John Nott, 1726)
was not commonly used in the colonies as a sweetener simply because
the taste of sugar was preferred.
2 oz, $1.75
1 lb, $6.50
Used in cooking when the finest sugar is needed; scraped off the
sugar loaf and ground in a mortar. This is NOT modern confectioners'
4 oz, $1.20
1 lb, $2.50
Coarse, brown crystals of minimally processed sugar. Good for kitchen
2 oz, $.75
1 lb, $2.75
Similar to muscovado, except slightly lighter in colour
and harder; further whitened by removing impurities.
and Lump Sugar
in blue paper wrap.
purple paper 'round loaf sugar boiled in cider or vinegar in an
iron pot with a small bit of alum make a fine purple slate color..."
was purchased in tall conical loaves. Pieces were cut from them
with special sugar-cutting implements. Well-to-do households bought
whole sugar loaves, but smaller quantities could be purchased
from the apothecaries (originally sugar was treated as a spice),
and later from apothecaries and grocers. Loaf sugar is suitable
for use in cooking and baking without being clarified further
(boiled to remove scum).
Loaves may not be available for immediate shipment: The Grocery
refines the sugar properly and makes the loaves using 18th-century
techniques, and the curing process is very time-consuming. If
you have an urgent need, especially for the larger sizes, please
Jen for estimated delivery. Availability is subject
to current stock and current stage of processing.
sugar in a cone shape was non-existent in Western Europe and the
The process of refining sugar was to remove the molasses
and other impurities and leave a clean white sugar. One of the
steps in the whitening process was to place the unrefined sugar
in a cone with a hole at the bottom to drain out the impurities.
Mexican candies known as Piloncillo, Panela or Panocha Cane Sugar
been and are still offered as loaf sugar. Buyer beware!
1.5 lb, $9.50
3 lb, $13.00
8 lb, $25.00
Irregular lumps cut off sugar loaves
2 oz, $3.50
Samplers in your choice of packaging
~ Four corked jars in an attractive box: One ounce each brown, caster,
lump and muscovado sugars. $18.50
~ Wrapped in Paper without a box: One ounce each brown, caster,
muscovado sugars wrapped in paper. $10.00