Thanksgiving, Hotlines, Cooking, Turkey, How Long Should I Thaw My Turkey?, Thaw, Turkey, Time, How do I know my turkey is done?, Butterball, Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line, 800-BUTTERBALL, 1-800-288-8372, Cranberry Suace

By Nathan Vicar

(WOMC) — Even the most seasoned cook can run into problems making a big Thanksgiving meal.

How do I know my turkey is done?

How do I thicken cranberry sauce?

You can phone a friend and check online or you can also ask the experts with a phone call or text.

Turkey: Experts with Butterball’s Turkey Talk-Line (800-BUTTERBALL or 1-800-288-8372) are answering questions. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday, Nov. 19; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. next week and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

You can also text your questions to 844-877-3456.

The most-asked question? “How long does it take to thaw the turkey?”

Meat and poultry: Home ec specialists at the USDA hotline (1-888-MPHotline or 888-674-6854) can answer your food safety questions year-round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and on Thanksgiving, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also ask questions online at

Cranberries: Experts with Ocean Spray will answer your cranberry questions at 800-662-3263 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When it comes to cooking a turkey, let’s not be like these people.


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