Help with Thanksgiving dinner is just a phone call or a click away. Below are useful hotlines and websites available during holiday preparations:
Butterball Turkey. The turkey company this year moved into social media, launching a $5 mobile app (Butterball Cookbook Plus, $4.99) that can handle just about any question you come up with.
But the Turkey Talk-Line isn't dead: (800) 288-8372 is already up and running. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST weekdays through next Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST this Saturday and Sunday, and 4 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST Thanksgiving Day. December hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST (to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve).
Or submit a question at www.butterball.com, which also has recipes and tips.
Martha Stewart. The homemaking maven has a great website, http://www.marthastewart.com/thanksgiving, with many recipes as well as décor tips and ideas for leftovers.
Crisco Pie Hotline. Get help for your crumbly crust or soupy filling. (877) 367-7438. 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday PST normally, but through Nov. 21, it's available 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST, and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Dec. 12-21. Also check out www.crisco.com for recipes and tips.
King Arthur Flour. Good for any baking question. (800) 827-6836, or email bakers @kingarthurflour.com, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST Saturday-Sunday.
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline. If the FAQs on the website www.foodsafety.gov don't answer your cooking questions, call the food-safety specialists at (888) 674-6854, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST weekdays, or until 11 a.m. PST on Thanksgiving.
Or submit a question any time of day at www.askKaren.gov.
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