Who To Call If Your Thanksgiving Dinner Goes Awry

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The kitchen can be a high-stress place during Thanksgiving, especially if cooking starts to go awry.Fortunately, there are resources out there to help chefs in crisis mode.

We’ve rounded up a few of the most helpful ones.

  • Butter Ball Hotline: Call 1-800-BUTTERBALL (1-800-288-8372) if you’re struggling to defrost a turkey in a pinch or want to know if it’s safe to start cooking a turkey in one oven and then move it to another
  • The New York Times helpline: The Times’ Sam Sifton and the rest of the dining section staff will be on hand to answer questions anonymously. Just hit the link above.
  • USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline: Call at (888) 674-6854. The one holiday they are open is Thanksgiving. 
  • Perdue Farms: Call 1-800-473-7383 for roasting, carving, stuffing, and gravy help.
  • Foster Farms: Call (800) 255-7227 and get a live operator through Dec. 1.
  • Crisco pie hotline: So you forgot about dessert? Call (877) 367-7438. The hotline provides tips and has the option for callers to connect with a live pie expert for pie-baking guidance.

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