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These supermarkets are open on Thanksgiving, just in case something goes wrong

Suffer a Thanksgiving dinner emergency? Here’s a list of Miami area grocery stores that are open, restaurants serving Thanksgiving menus and what to do with extra grease drippings — plus, why you should never try to fry a frozen turkey.
Suffer a Thanksgiving dinner emergency? Here’s a list of Miami area grocery stores that are open, restaurants serving Thanksgiving menus and what to do with extra grease drippings — plus, why you should never try to fry a frozen turkey. Getty Images/iStockphoto

The worst has happened to your Thanksgiving meal and now you’ve come to the internet for help.

Turkey still frozen? Missing an ingredient? Your whole meal go up in flames?

We’ve got you covered with this Thanksgiving Day Survival Guide.

Here’s a list of grocery stores that are open and other useful tips. We’ll show you what do with the extra grease from the turkey — and what not to do with a frozen turkey. Worst-case scenario, we’ve rounded up a list of where to dine out on Thanksgiving.

I forgot something. What’s open?

Here are store hours for some of South Florida’s most popular markets:

Fresh Market: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Coconut Grove location only opens at 7 a.m.)

Milam’s Market: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sedano’s Supermakets: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Winn-Dixie: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whole Foods Market: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., most locations. South Beach open until 3 p.m. Downtown Miami, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Publix: Closed on Thanksgiving.

Trader Joe’s: Closed on Thanksgiving

The turkey is still frozen!

You can still cook the turkey in the oven. It’ll just take a little longer, according to the USDA’s website.

Check Butterball’s website to determine the cooking time for your bird’s size and add about 50 percent to the time. So your 10-18 pound bird, which would normally take a little more than three hours, will instead take between 4.5 to five hours at 325 degrees.

Don’t use an oven cooking bag to cook a frozen turkey. And don’t try to cook it in the microwave, the USDA warns.

Whatever you do, never deep fry a turkey that is still frozen. The oil will instantly burst into a geyser of flames and start one of the thousands of Thanksgiving Day fires that happen every year in this country. Ten people die and 50 are injured on average every year from these frozen turkey fires, according to State Farm Insurance.

Still have a question? There are several toll-free numbers you can call on Thanksgiving day to help you talk through your Turkey tragedy.

Butterball: 800-288-8372

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854

Sara Lee Desserts Pie Hotline: 888-914-1247

What do I do with all this grease?

If you pour hot, greasy drippings from your turkey (or roasted Caja China pig) down the toilet or sink drain, you’re asking for an emergency plumbing situation, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department says. Once the grease cools, it will harden inside your pipes and clog them.

Instead, the county suggests pouring the grease into an old can, letting it cool and throwing it away in your regular trash.

Dinner out instead?

You’ve reach the bottom of this story and still have no answers? It might be time to go out for Thanksgiving dinner.

Here are 32 restaurants that have Thanksgiving menus planned, including happy hours, buffets and sit-down meals from Miami.com.

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