It’s an emergency. My turkey is frozen — and my guests are an hour away.
Give thanks for this.
Thanksgiving dinner is a complicated meal prone to messes and crises, but, lucky for you, the experts are here to help. As the Turkey Day meal rapidly approaches, you may want to keep a few of these hotlines on speed dial.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: Since 1981, Butterball has been operating its famous Turkey Talk-Line, accessible just by dialing 1-800-BUTTERBALL. “Open every November and December, our 50+ experts answer more than 100,000 questions, for thousands of households around the United States and Canada,” the company says.
Food52 Digital Hotline: For the better part of the past decade, Amanda Hesser — the former New York Times food editor-turned-founder of popular culinary site Food52 — has operated a free “digital hotline” where readers can send an online query (like an email through the site’s message board) and have their Thanksgiving-related cooking questions answered by Hesser and her approximately dozen other team member — in 10 minutes or less.
From this past Sunday, Nov. 19th, through Thanksgiving Day — Thursday, Nov. 23rd — Hesser and her colleagues have been online and manning the desk from 8 A.M. through 10 P.M. daily. You can access the hotline here: https://food52.com/hotline
And no dilemma is too embarrassing to admit to: According to an interview Hesser recently gave to Business Insider, she’s heard everything from reports of “purple turkeys” (whose meat is an unusually dark shade of crimson) to stories of ovens breaking down the night before Thanksgiving.
USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline: Available in English and Spanish, this hotline from the Department of Agriculture is the place to go if you have questions about the safe handling and consumption of raw poultry — including your Thanksgiving turkey. Not sure what temperature to cook your bird? This hotline has your back. Dial: 1-888-674-6854; available Mon.–Fri., 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. ET
Sara Lee Pie Hotline: Once the turkey is out of the way, you still have dessert to confront — so the Sara Lee Pie Hotline is here to help. Dial 1-888-914-1247 for assistance. Your pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pies will thank you.
Ocean Spray: Cranberry sauce is a must for many Thanksgiving devotees, but making it might stump you. If so, contact the experts from cranberry company Ocean Spray, available from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. on weekdays. Give them a call at 1-800-662-3263.
The Splendid Table: Minnesota Public Radio show The Splendid Table is going to be beaming out advice over the airwaves starting from 12 P.M. ET during its live broadcast “Turkey Confidential,” on Thursday. The show will feature celeb chefs including Marcus Samuelsson and Lydia Bastianich. You can also call into their hotline with your own crises from 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. ET. Dial 1-800-242-2828, or go on Twitter using the hashtag #TurkeyConfidential with your questions.
KWCH Eyewitness News: Happen to find yourself in Witchitaw, Kansas, on the big day? Your local ABC station, KWCH-TV, has your back. Dial the program’s Thanksgiving hotline to speak with one of their culinary experts at 1-316-436-5627. The line has been open as of Tuesday.
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