University Faculty Pop Open A 99 Bottle Christmas Gift!

OARDC's Linda Saif, with the centerpiece made by collegue Peggy Lewis.

OARDC’s Linda Saif, with the centerpiece made by collegue Peggy Lewis.

Peggy Lewis from The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research And Development Center (OARDC) shares some holiday news with us this week. OARDC is about half an hour from our Kidron store.

Peggy and Linda’s lab staff treated Linda Saif, an OARDC researcher to a tasty Christmas gift: 99 different flavors of soda pop from the Old-Time Soda department of Lehman’s retail store in Kidron, Ohio. Thanks for sharing, Peggy! The photos are priceless!  —Karen Johnson, Editor, Country Life

I thought you would enjoy hearing about my Christmas 2013 gifting of 99 bottles of pop from Lehman’s store in Kidron to OARDC Researcher Linda Saif from her Lab. I attached the Christmas card I made her too.

The Lab had lots of fun at Linda’s Christmas Lab luncheon at TJ’s.  The diverse lab group, from all over the world, sang “99 Bottles of Pop in the Lab…” (many verses) and passed 99 different bottles of pop from Lehman’s person to person up either side of the table, to the opposite end where Linda was seated. Continue reading

Quick Ginger Ale Makes Up Perfectly For Holiday Parties

USA-Made Coarse and Fine Shredder

USA-Made Coarse and Fine Shredder

Reader AK Shuman shared her recipe for a ‘quick’ ginger ale with Country Life recently.
“There are only a few ingredients, and  there’s no corn syrup at all. It’s simple to make, and it’s ready in no time.”

AK, thanks for the recipe–anything that comes together easily this time of year is always a good idea.

1 1/2 ounces finely grated fresh ginger
6 ounces sugar
7 1/2 cups filtered water
1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place the ginger, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the water into a 2-quart saucepan and set over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to steep for 1 hour.

Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl, pressing down with the back of a metal spoon to get all of the juice out of the ginger pieces. Chill quickly by placing the bowl into an ice bath and stirring the syrup; or place the in the refrigerator, uncovered, until at least room temperature, 68 to 72 degrees F.

Stainless Steel Funnel with filter pin

A must for any kitchen, you can find an affordable Stainless Steel Funnel with filter at or at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

Using a funnel, pour the syrup into a clean 2-liter plastic bottle and add the yeast, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water. Screw the cap onto the bottle, and gently roll the bottle between your hands to combine ingredients. Leave the bottle at room temperature for 48 hours.

Open and check for desired amount of carbonation. It is important that once you achieve your desired amount of carbonation that you refrigerate the ginger ale. This will stop the yeast working. If you don’t refrigerate it, it will explode. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, opening the bottle at least once a day to let out excess carbonation.