The Cider Story: Presented by Zeigler’s Apple Cider

The general consensus among Historians is that apple trees existed along the Nile River Delta as early as 1300 BC, but there is no evidence of whether cider was ever produced from the fruit. In 55 BC the Romans arrived in England and reportedly found the local Kentish villagers drinking a delicious cider-like drink made from apples. It has been recorded that the Romans and in particular their leader, Julius Caesar, enjoyed the drink with much enthusiasm! But how long the locals had been making this apple drink prior to the Romans, no one knows.

By the beginning of the ninth century, cider drinking was well established in Europe.

America’s History Has a Different Cider Story 
The Pilgrims discovered that crabapples were in America before they arrived, but the fruit was not very edible. The Massachusetts Bay Colony requested seeds and cuttings from England, which were brought over on later voyages of the Mayflower. Other Europeans brought apple stock to Virginia and the Southwest, and a Massachusetts man, John Chapman, became famous for planting trees throughout Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois (his name became “Johnny Appleseed”). Seeds from an apple given to a London sea captain in 1820 are sometimes said to be the origin of the State of Washington apple crop. (now the largest in the U.S.). Today our modern orchards combine the rich heritage of apple growing with research and field trails to grow an annual US crop exceeding 220,000,000 bushels.

Zeigler’s Cider would even make the Pilgrims proud!

The Tribe is Coming…

products-landing-imageOur new product coming from Tribe is the caviar of hummus. It tastes great and there are many health benefits. But what is hummus? Hummus is a Levantine food dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East (including Turkey), North Africa (including Morocco), and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe.

Hummus is simply the best for your body! Why?

1. The nutrients in hummus could help you with weight management.

Hummus Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos told Fitness magazine that since hummus is so rich in protein, it can help fight hunger cravings and balance blood sugar levels. This could help curb excessive snacking. Kotsopoulos also says that the iron content in hummus helps boost your energy, which could make you more motivated to hit the gym.

2. Chickpeas can lower cholesterol.

In a study done by Jane Pittaway, an Australian lecturer in Health and Biomedical Science at the University of Tasmania’s School of Human Life Sciences, a group of people aged between 30 and 70 and not in the best of health ate chickpeas every day for three years. She had a second group of people supply their daily fiber intake through wheat products like bread and cereal. The results showed that when both groups consumed the same amount of fiber, those on the chickpea diet consumed less fat and had a small reduction in cholesterol.

3. Chickpeas may help reduce your cancer risk.

Foods that contain folate may reduce the risk of colorectal cancers (like colon cancer), possibly because of the nutrient’s role healthy cell division. What’s more, researchers believe dietary fiber helps promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, which is also protective against cancer.

4. Eating hummus is part of the “Mediterranean diet,” which is a great diet for you.

According to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, about 30 percent of heart attacks, strokes and deaths from heart disease can be prevented in people who are at high risk if they switch to the Mediterranean diet. And since eating beans is a big part of this diet, what could be more Mediterranean than eating a bean spread rumored to have originally been made by people in Egypt?

Buon Appetito! New Pastas At Schiff’s

We love searching for only the best pastas here at Schiff’s until we find simply the best and this week we are going authentic Italian with Barilla Collezione’s assorted pastas. 

Created with the finest ingredients and crafted with attention to tradition, Barilla Collezione brings the uniqueness of authentic Italian cooking into your kitchen.

Gnocchetti – a tightly curved pasta with a grooved exterior, historically made by pressing pasta dough on the bottom of a wicker basket. Not to be confused with the commonly known gnocchi dumpling, Gnochetti perfectly with rich, flavorful meaty sauces.

Orecchiette – a unique domed shape, smooth on the inside and grooved on the outside, that makes it perfect for scooping up hearty sauces, and fresh vegetables.

Cellentani – A delightful corkscrew-shaped pasta is as fun to look at as it is to eat. With its tubular center and ridged surface, Cellentani is perfect for a hearty pasta meal, capturing every drop of your favorite sauce and trapping vegetables, meat or fish in every delicious forkful. Barilla Cellentani is also a favorite for cold pasta salads and casseroles. The twists and spirals of cellentani allow it to embrace both refined and simple sauces. Cellentani is a perfect choice for a pasta salad, or paired with light tomato sauces (with or without finely diced vegetables), dairy-based sauces, or oil-based sauces.
Gemelli – a simple shape of two strands of pasta twisted together. These small pasta twists are also remarkably versatile, as their shape holds the flavor of sauce beautifully while retaining the firm “al dente” texture that you expect from Barilla. The twists and spirals of Gemelli allow it to embrace both refined and simple sauces. Gemelli is a perfect choice for a pasta salad, or paired with light tomato sauces (with or without finely diced vegetables), dairy-based sauces, or oil-based sauces.

Pipette – meaning “little pipe” in Italian, is commonly found in the pasta dishes of Campania and Liguria. However, pipe-shaped pasta can be found throughout the various regions of Italy. Pipette is perfect for the American favorites macaroni & cheese and pasta salad. It also pairs well with dairy-based sauces (like butter and cheese), tomato-based sauces with or without vegetables, and chunky fish or meat-based sauces.

Buon Appetito!

The Earliest Humans LOVED Meat

tumblr_mn1q02Edyq1rws0lmo1_1280Throughout our short history here on earth, we have been through a lot. A good chunk of this “a lot” has always come down to a stable food source.  Whether it has been hunting and gathering or farming land, humans have always been striving to gather enough food to survive through the winter or provide for their family. Then one day collectively, the human race decided meat would be easier to acquire if we found a way to domesticate the meat we wanted to eat.

Domestication of animals dates back to the end of the last glacial period (c. 10,000 BC) and allowed the production of meat and the breeding of animals with a view on improving meat production. These animals which are now principal sources of meat were domesticated alongside humans throughout the development of the earliest civilizations.

Fresh Meat Always Lines Our Shelves

Every morning we line our shelves with only the the best, most appetizing cuts of meat.


Sweet Treats From Sweet Street

Sweet Streets

Sweet Street Desserts has made their way to Schiff’s in hopes of satisfying your craving for chocolate. Don’t eat too much though, your dentist might get a bit angry.  Check out all the products we will start carrying today!

★  Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pies
★  Lemon Crumb Bars
★  Chocolate Lovin’ Spoon Cakes
★  Individually Boxed Classic Coffee Cakes
★  Individually Boxed Molten Chocolate Cakes
★  Meltaway Bars
★  New York Style Cheesecake
★  Oreo Cookie Base Pies
★  Apple Crumb Cakes
★  Big Blitz Bar With Snickers
★  Caramel Apple Granny Pies

Introducing Our Golden Crisp® Breaded Jalapeño Cheddar Potato Bites!


Today we are introducing a two new product created by our friend’s over at Golden Crisp!

For our fried food lovers, we are introducing both the cost effective, tasty and spicy Golden Crisp® Breaded Jalapeño Cheddar Potato Bites and Golden Crisp® Breaded Cheddar Potato Bites.

Our NEW Golden Crisp® Breaded Jalapeño Cheddar Potato Bites are made of chopped jalapeño peppers, shredded and diced Russet potatos then blended with cheese, coated and fried into poppable round bite. YUM

And for people who don’t enjoy burning their taste buds, we have our plain Golden Crisp® Breaded Cheddar Potato Bites.

Come give them a shot at our Scranton location!