AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Cooking for the holidays can be stressful. Sometimes, people may need a little help cooking a big holiday meal. Luckily, there are many food company hotlines that offer help with holiday cooking and baking.
Janet Johnson, an Alabama Extension regional agent of food safety and quality, said these hotlines can be a great tool during the holidays
“If you’re stumped on the best way to thaw, prepare or cook a turkey, have a baking-related question or are concerned about food safety, give the folks below a call,” Johnson said. “Many of the companies also offer recipes, free brochures and help online.”
Holiday Food Hotlines and Online Help
USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854
Provides information on food safety concerns. Hotline is open Monday through Friday and on Thanksgiving Day.
Butterball Turkey Talk-Line: 1-800-288-8372
With this hotline, home economists and nutritionists answer questions and offer assistance on turkey cooking. For the 2018 holiday season the hotline hours (CST) are:
- Nov. 21: 7am – 10pm
- Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22: 6 am – 6 pm
- Nov. 23 – Dec. 21: 8 am – 6 pm (Monday – Friday)
- Dec. 22 – 23: 8 am – 2 pm
- Christmas Eve, Dec. 24: 8 am – 2 pm
You can also find assistance online at www.butterball.com.
HoneySuckle White: 1-800-810-6325
This is an automated assistance hotline that answers questions about turkey. It is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST. There is also an online option that provides help on how to select, prepare and cook a Honeysuckle White Whole Turkey.
Reynolds KitchenTips Line: 1-800-433-2244
Online help at www.reynoldskitchens.com.
Crisco Pie and Baking Hotline: 1-877-367-7438
This hotline helps with baked good and pies and is open weekdays. Closed on Thanksgiving. Online chats are available weekdays Nov. 16-25 at www.crisco.com
Sara Lee Pie Hotline: 1-888-914-1247
This hotline offers pie tips, weekdays 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST, including Thanksgiving until 1 p.m. You can tweet your questions on Twitter to @saraleedesserts using the hashtag #PerfectPie during hotline hours.
Land O’Lakes Holiday Online Bakeline
Home economists answer questions online at: www.landolakes.com.
Rhodes Frozen Dough Bake Line: 1-800-876-7333
If you have questions on working with any type of frozen dough, this hotline can answer them. Call weekdays, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST. Also visit them online at www.rhodesbread.com.
This website has several tips and recipes that people can use for the holidays. Visit their website here for tips and recipes.