Turkey Hotlines for Thanksgiving




Messing up the cooking of the turkey for Thanksgiving can be disastrous. The turkey is the centerpiece for every Thanksgiving dinner, and if anything goes wrong during its preparation, it can downright ruin your holiday dinner. So make sure you have a contingency plan for any emergency by keeping numbers for “turkey hotlines” handy. These hotlines will put you in touch with a number of experts who can help you through any problem you may have. Even if you don’t have a “problem” per se, but just want tips and advice on how to prepare your turkey, the turkey hotlines can be incredibly helpful.

Butterball has their own Turkey Talk-Line, which will connect you with experienced professionals who’ve dealt with a variety of “turkey problems” for years. The Turkey Talk-Line has been in existence for over 30 years, starting in 1981 when six people started a holiday service to answer any and all questions related to the preparation of turkey. It has grown exponentially since then, and now consists of over 100 experts, answering questions from over 10,000 people every year. On Thanksgiving, the hotline’s hours of operation are 6 AM to 6 PM CST.

The USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline (888) – MPHotline) will help you with any questions you have about preparing and storing your turkey. If you want to know what the proper temperature at which to cook your turkey is, what’s the best way store your turkey, or if you have any other cooking questions, the USDA will have answers for you. They receive over two million calls a year, and is open on Thanksgiving from 8 AM to 2 PM EST. The hotline is entirely toll-free.

The Shady Brook Farms Turkey Hotline (888) 723-4468) does not connect you with live operators, but offers pre-recorded messages that will help you with the preparation of your turkey and is available 24 hours a day.


The Southern Living Test Kitchen Hotline (800-366-4712 ext. 66531) is open all of November to answer any of your questions.

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