Classic Turkey Brine Recipe

For super moist, flavorful turkey this year, brine that bird!

Shelley, Lehman’s Merchandising Assistant, has been brining her family’s Thanksgiving turkey for the past couple of years, and she shared her simple recipe with us. We’re passing it on to you! Brining the turkey for at least 12 hours before roasting makes it extra moist, and this recipe gives the meat a slightly sweet flavor (which Shelley says her brood loves). Try it this year – it’s quick, easy and it just may become part of your Turkey Day turkey_087.tif1024x768traditions.

Classic Turkey Brine

You’ll need:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup coarse salt (such as sea salt or pink salt)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange, juiced and rind finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 turkey, 12-15 lb (thaw turkey and remove giblets before brining)
  • Ice (enough to cover turkey)
  • large stockpot and/or storage container with lid (such as a 5-gallon bucket or 4-gallon bucket)


In a large stockpot, combine all ingredients except turkey and ice. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Remove from heat and let stand 30 minutes. Chill. Place the turkey, brining liquid and ice in stockpot or lidded bucket and let stand up to 12 hours (overnight works well). Roast and feast!

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

Pick Up The Christmas Pickle Tradition

Christmas Pickle ornament

Now’s the time for a new tradition! See Christmas Pickles at Lehman’s in Kidron, Ohio.

For many, the holidays are all about traditions in the family and as the Christmas season approaches I’m reminded of one special tradition in my own family.

My father takes tremendous pride in decorating our Christmas tree. We love to help him pick out the ornaments and he places them in their specific spot on the tree. We often joke about how meticulous he is about decorating and it’s a special time for the family to be together, even now that I’m married and living away from home Continue reading