Food & Drink

Help lines answer Thanksgiving cooking questions

On holiday duty: A specialist at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line.
On holiday duty: A specialist at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line. Butterball

Burnt turkey. Bland stuffing. Crumbly pie crust.

Don’t let these Thanksgiving nightmares become your reality. Call the cooking experts at these hotlines or check out the websites to save your holiday meal.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line: Imagine fielding a call like this:

“To thaw a turkey, where do I set the dial?”

“The dial?”

“On my electric blanket, where do I set the dial?”

“Sir, we do not recommend you use an electric blanket to thaw a turkey.”

This is just one example of the more than 10,000 personally handled calls the Butterball Turkey Talk Line receive on Thanksgiving. Talk to a real turkey expert at 800-288-8372.

Don’t forget to check out the Butterball Cookbook Plus app for inspirations for holiday meals, nutritional information, gluten-free recipes and conversion calculators. The app is available for Android and iOS. For more recipes and tips, go to

National Turkey Federation: For a complete farm-to-table guide with a video tour of a processing plant, plus instructions on how to deep fry your bird, visit

USDA: Keep your friends and family safe with food-safety facts, tips for all types of dishes and videos of how to keep food clean at

Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854.

For those on-the-go emergencies, the Ask Karen app includes answers to common cooking questions as well as live chat 24/7. Go to or look for it on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

Crisco Pie Hotline: Crisco reminds you to “keep calm and bake on” with baking tips and trends, and solutions to baking and pie problems at

Sara Lee Desserts Pie Hotline: 888-914-1247. Experts can help with pumpkin pie problems, cherry pie catastrophes and boysenberry pie burnouts. Visit for recipes, baking tips and how-to videos.