Food hotlines

November 19, 2007 6:04:34 AM PST
Who better to talk turkey with than a holiday talk line? The answers to our most-asked questions are just a phone call away.

Before we can breathe that sigh of relief and gather our gang for the feast, chances are we may come up with a few last-minute questions - like "Oops! I forgot to thaw it!" Or, "How do I know when the turkey's done?" Well, no problem, because help is just a phone call away.

Yup, after completing a thorough hands-on course in Turkey 101, these home economists are on hand 'round the clock to answer our calls and, in some cases, save the day - (with answers) about everything from selection to preparation to serving.

So what are the top tips?

My top 3 tips: Thaw the turkey in a cold way in your refrigerator or in cold water. Use a meat thermometer - it's very important. And the third is our 2-hour rule: Make sure that within 2 hours the turkey is cut up and back in your refrigerator so you have nice leftovers.

Other hotlines that can help:
Butterball Turkey Talk Line, 1-800-BUTTERBALL
Fleischmann's Yeast Baker's Help Line, 1-800-777-4959
Ocean Spray's Help Line, 1-800-662-3263

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