Food & Drink

Last-minute turkey tips, helpful hotlines

Last-minute Thanksgiving advice is just a call or click away:


USDA Meat and Poultry: 888-674-6854 (English and Spanish). Email or visit

Butterball: 800-288-8372. Calculators and conversions at; on Twitter: @Butterball.

National Turkey Federation: Recipes, chef demos, tips:

Jennie-O: 800-887-5397 or 800-621-3505. Recipes, tips:

Honeysuckle White Turkey: 800-532-5756 or 800-810-6325. Menu ideas, recipes:


Crisco: 877-367-7438 (English and Spanish).

Fleischmann’s Yeast: 800-777-4959. Recipes and more:

Pillsbury: Tips, menus, recipes:

Land O’Lakes: Recipes, baking tips, videos:

Libby’s Pumpkin: 800-854-0374 and


Jones Dairy Farm: Tips and 25 recipes:


National Potato Board: Recipes, tips, videos:


Ocean Spray: 800-662-3263 and

Safety basics

Uncooked turkey can harbor salmonella. Clean up any raw juices with hot, soapy water, and take care not to contaminate other foods via cutting boards or knives.

Disposable roasting pans are too flimsy to handle safely. If you use one, set it on a cookie sheet for support.

An instant-read thermometer is the best way to tell if your turkey is safely cooked to 165 degrees. Insert it in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.

Perishable foods should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours. Refrigerate leftovers promptly in shallow containers for quick cooling.

Missing ingredients

Winn-Dixie, Whole Foods, Sedano’s and Milam’s are among the supermarkets that will be open Thanksgiving Day (for reduced hours in most cases; call ahead).

Dining out

Scores of South Florida restaurants are offering holiday menus on Thursday. Find times and menus at

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