Holiday Helpers Hotlines

November 22, 2011 | By andrea | Filed in: Christmas, Entertaining Tip, Fun Food Facts, Handy Hints, Holidays, Thanksgiving.

While searching for recipes the other day, I came across a Holiday Helpers Hotline list (say that 3 times fast) from the fine folks at Saveur Magazine. So if you find yourself in a pickle while making the holiday meal, don’t panic…just call one of the hotlines or visit one of the websites. Also, for those of you still making a Thanksgiving meal game plan, the Butterball website has a handy portion calculator to help you figure out how big of a turkey to buy (and many other great turkey tips). Good luck!

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line
(800/BUTTERBALL; butterball.com)
For 30 years, turkey savants have been fielding more than 100,000 questions annually in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Most frequently asked: “How do I thaw this thing?”

Crisco Pie Hotline
(877/FOR-PIE-TIPS; crisco.com)
Let the pie pros coach you past soggy crusts and failed fillings, aided by online instructions at Crisco Pie Central.

Kentucky Legend Ham Hotline
(866/343-5058)
These folks give advice on buying, cooking, and carving ham. They also advise home cooks on what to do with all that’s left over. One suggested solution entails using mushrooms and whipping cream to make a version of ham à la king.

Ocean Spray Helpline
(800/662-3263)
The experts here can help alleviate cranberry fatigue with fresh recipes for cocktails, salads, and desserts like cranberry—ginger upside-down cake. If you opt against serving canned cranberry sauce, Ocean Spray operators will tell you how to make your own at home.

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One comment on “Holiday Helpers Hotlines

  1. What a fantastic idea! I wonder if there’s anything similar in Australia.

    Happy Thanksgiving!