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Summer Guide: Stocking the Pantry

Summer Guide: Stocking the Pantry
June 2016
Whether you’re hanging in a beach house or holing up at home, be sure to have these local products, as selected by Jennifer Owens of concierge service, on your shelves

King Bean: “The best part of waking up.... Local since the ’90s and made for people who really love coffee.” $13 at Caviar & Bananas

Charleston’s Own Grits: “A breakfast essential—for shrimp and grits, cheese grits, fried grits....” $5.50 at Southern Season

Charleston Tea Plantation: “What is summer without sweet tea?” $7 at Boone Hall Farms

Bulls Bay Saltworks Carolina Sea Salt Grinder: “The Lowcountry’s own briny goodness.” $11 at Southern Season

Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts: “A summertime favorite, no cooking required.” $12.50 for three cans or $36 for a case of 24 at

Molly & Me Sugar & Spice Pecans: “A cocktail hour staple; just pour into a bowl and serve.” $9.75 at Boone Hall Farms

Lowcountry Olive Oil: “The oils are from Spain and Italy, but they blend them here. For a traditional EVOO, try the Lowcountry Blend.” $15 at Boone Hall Farms

Olde Colony Cheese Zingers: “Traditional cheese straws with a hint of cayenne.” $5 at Southern Season

Olde Colony Benne Wafers: “Quintessential Charleston: a perfect little something sweet to mix in with other appetizers.” $5 at Caviar & Bananas

Charleston Favorites Hot Pepper Jelly: “Top cream cheese with this tangy jelly and add some crackers—instant appetizer.” $7 at Southern Season

Charleston Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix: “I love this mix because it has a little kick—exactly what you want in an eye-opener!”  $7 at Southern Season

Duke’s mayo: “An all-the-time Southern staple, but especially in the summer for tomato sandwiches!” $2 at Harris Teeter

Lee Bros. Deluxe Boil-Your-Own Peanuts Kit: “Great for a crowd; just put it in the Crock-Pot, go play in the surf, and come back to a salty good snack.” $24.50 (makes 6 lbs.) at

Charleston Favorites pickled okra: “Yummy snack or garnish for your bloody Marys.” $7 at Harris Teeter

Old Bay Seasoning: “Essential for any Charleston kitchen; key for Frogmore stew and shrimp boils.” $5 at Harris Teeter

Celia’s SUGO Marinara: “For  a super easy, super delicious post-beach dinner.” $11 at Southern Season

Mrs. Sassard’s Jerusalem Artichoke Relish: “The perfect accompaniment to hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, and more.” $12 at Southern Season

Nutty Goodness: “A sweet snack you can feel good about.” $3 at the Charleston Farmers Market or

Blenheim Ginger Ale: “Real ginger ale, with a bite—so refreshing after a few hours on the beach.” $16 for a six-pack at Caviar & Bananas

Red Clay Hot Sauce: “Get the Carolina Hot.” $8 at Southern Season

Carolina Plantation Carolina Gold Rice: “A local pantry must!” $12 for a 2 lb. bag at Boone Hall Farms

Primal Jerky: “A great go-to snack. Try the spicy flavor.” $8 at Southern Season

Charleston Original Cocktail Sauce: “For shrimp boils and more.” $8 at Boone Hall Farms

<p>South Carolina native Jennifer Owens always shares her recipe for this summertime must with her Town Scout Travel clients: “Six tea bags plus one cup of sugar equals pure joy.”</p>
<p>“Reprinted from <em>Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking: Recipes and Ruminations from Charleston and the Carolina Coastal Plain</em> by John Martin Taylor. Twentieth Anniversary Edition, copyright 2012 by John Martin Taylor. Published by The University of North Carolina Press.