Give thanks for this.
If you’re not sure whether the turkey’s done, if you added the right amount of sugar to the cranberry sauce, or if your pie crust might turn out soggy, expert help is just a phone call away. Here are six hotlines that can help answer your burning Thanksgiving questions.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: Since 1981, Butterball has been operating its famous Turkey Talk-Line at 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. Call between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST on Thanksgiving Day, or as late as 10 p.m. CST the night before.
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 quickly by Hesser and her approximately dozen other team members, who are working rotating two-hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST .
And don’t worry if your dilemma seems too embarrassing to admit to: According to an interview Hesser gave to Business Insider, she’s heard everything from reports of “purple turkeys” (with meat an unusually dark shade of crimson) to stories of ovens breaking down the night before Thanksgiving.
USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline: Not sure what temperature to cook your bird? Unclear on what to do if raw meat touches your counter? 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. Dial: 1-888-674-6854; available year-round Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
Sara Lee Pie Hotline: Once the turkey is out of the way, you still have dessert to tackle — luckily, the Sara Lee Pie Hotline is here to help. Dial 1-888-914-1247 for assistance between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CST the days leading up to Turkey Day, or between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. CST on Thanksgiving. Your pumpkin, apple, and sweet potato pies will thank you.
Ocean Spray Hotline: 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 at 1-800-662-3263 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST the day before Thanksgiving, or between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST on the actual holiday.
The Splendid Table: Minnesota Public Radio show The Splendid Table is hosting “Turkey Confidential,” from 12 to 2 p.m. EST on Thanksgiving, where listeners can call in to 1-800-242-2828 with their cooking, hosting and guest questions. Chefs Dorie Greenspan, Pati Jinich, and Samin Nosrat will join host Francis Lam to answer your questions. You can listen to the show live online here or through your local public radio station.
This story was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.
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