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Food items to bring for a move away from Chapel Hill/Durham?

Sadly, after 6 years of living in the "southern part of heaven", I'll be moving away from Chapel Hill this summer for a new job in Wisconsin. I'd like to bring some local food goodies with me, but I'm drawing a blank!

Any suggestions for local/southern non-perishable food items (or food-related items) to bring with me? Bonus points for things that movers can't destroy in transit!


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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Unfortunately you have to use it up quickly. I stored some in the fridge when I moved away from NC and it grew bacteria on top given that there's what I presume a layer of sugar.

    2. Are you talking about Milwaukee, Madison, or someplace more remote? When I go north, I miss biscuits for breakfast. Wisconsin is pretty great, all in all.

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      1. re: Tom from Raleigh

        I'll be in Milwaukee, so I won't be stuck in a total food desert and I'll have easy access to Chicago. From what I've read, the foodie culture is really growing in Milwaukee. That said, I'll miss many of the things that make the Triangle so unique and tasty!

        1. Duke's-- In the Food Service size; it's a plastic jug.

            1. Cheese straws (ironic for going to Wisconsin). Moravian cookies. Chapel Hill Toffee. Cackalacky sauces. Pimiento cheese - it's indestructible.

              Send us some cheese curds when you get there.

              1. Blenheim ginger ale, Cheerwine, blister peanuts, country ham, field peas (and similar) fresh, frozen or canned, pepper vinegar if you don't make your own, and I second Dukes and good grits!

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                    1. re: carolinadawg

                      I was just thinking of whether there wouldn't be other ginger ales that are equally as good. I guess this post I'm thinking.. items like Carolina BBQ that you won't get in WI.. not local items that may have an equivalent or superior..

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                        The only question you asked was if Blenheim was a southern product, which it is. I don't think bbq will travel very well, which is why I suggested bbq sauce earlier.

                        1. re: carolinadawg

                          Never suggested bbq only using it as a reference.

                        2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          Certainly there are other ginger ales, but Blenheim has a taste which is different than any other - that's why folks load up on it when they are in this part of the world. Rather like people used to load up on Dr. Browns back in the day before they had wide distribution.

                          The OP will be in soda heaven being in Sprecher's home state! They make one of the best root beers around. And their orange dream soda is amazing. Before A Southern Season began selling it I would load my car with the stuff when I was in Madison. And I'm not even that into soda!

                          Edit: Just saw Sprecher's head quarters are in Milwaukee!

                          1. re: meatn3

                            A tour of the Sprecher brewery is definitely on my Milwaukee itinerary. FYI, Toast also carriers Sprecher products and it pairs wonderfully with a panini!

                    2. Many good suggestions here. When you run out, remember that Southern Season does mail order. And amazon has a pretty good grocery section.

                        1. White Lily self rising flour for biscuits and pancakes.

                          1. Real grits are basically impossible to find in the midwest (and my Mom swore they keep forever in the freezer). Cackalacky (though a place in Chicago supposedly sells it now). Pepper jelly.

                            For me, Farmer's Daughter is doing some of the best "capturing the flavor" of the triangle right now. Or at least that is the excuse I use as I open another jar of bourbon vanilla peaches.

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                            1. re: brokegradstudent

                              I have no idea who/what Farmer's Daughter is, but the words bourbon vanilla peaches have me salivating. Please tell me more.

                              1. re: LulusMom


                                It is a woman in Carrboro making some exceptional jams, pickle, kraut, etc.

                                She sells at the Carrboro/Durham Farmers markets and at a few stores around town. I've seen her jams at Southern Season but usually get mine the General Store in Saxapahaw.

                                It is seasonal and popular so availability can be a bit hit and miss.

                                I'm a huge sucker for booze+fruit combos. Very good pepper jelly, very good tomato jam. Her hot sauce is first rate. Her kraut is good, especially the spicy latino-style kraut. Her pickled okra is, I think, the best I've had (sorry Grandma, it's true).

                                1. re: brokegradstudent

                                  Good call! April's stuff is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable and has a wonderful gift for flavor combinations. Her kim chi is really good too!

                                  1. re: brokegradstudent

                                    This is great info - so much of it sounds so good. When I was pregnant with Lulu I had huge cravings for pickled okra (and cervisiam was kind enough to give me some of her mother's, which was wonderful). Going to look into this - thanks so much.

                                    1. re: LulusMom

                                      Broke Grad Student beat me to it. Yeah I know her husband. She does (or use to do) canning demos at Carrboro Farmer's Market. She is also on Twitter.

                                  2. Thanks for all of the wonderful suggestions! My local food scavenger hunt will be the fun part of my packing/moving adventure.

                                    (Now, if only I could find a way to bring some favorite perishable items like Scratch pies, Allen & Sons bbq, Vimala's curry, etc.)

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                                    1. Amazon carries every one of the 6-8 recommended items that I checked a few minutes ago.

                                      1. I thought about this more and realized if I moved back North, I'd miss the long growing season and vegetables like collards, field peas, and just about everything at the Carrboro Farmer's Market.

                                        1. +1 for (SR) White Lily flour; i think it makes the best bicuits. Also, House Autry Self Rising Cornmeal mix makes great cornbread. Anson Mills has some good stuff too; including grits. http://ansonmills.com/
                                          Best of luck on your move! :)