How many ways can you mess up the most important meals you’ll eat this year? Sadly, there are more than you’d probably want me to list here. From frozen turkeys (why didn’t that unthaw overnight?) and undercooked birds to broken pie crusts–you can save your tears sweetie–because there’s help on the line with these holiday meal hotlines guaranteed to help you get out of your holiday jam.
You forgot all about it. The turkey. Dinner is in exactly 5 hours and you’re stuck with a bird whose wings are still frozen to its sides and the giblet bag won’t come out. Or…where is the giblet bag again? And doggone it–your sister’s bringing her new boyfriend and he’s got major food allergies to kill a small country–could there be any trace of nuts in your chocolate cake? Better figure it out. Fast.
And here’s how you’ll do it–with the 11 holiday help lines guaranteed to save you from a dinner disaster. From turkey problems to baking issues of all kinds, you’re sure to find a kind hearted expert on the line. But pay attention–not all of these places are open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day so it really will pay to plan ahead and avoid those last minute emergencies if at all possible.
Here’s your list and remember I’ll be around to help you as much as I can too. Just email me, comment or reach me through Facebook.
The Butterball Turkey Talk Line
Hotline number: (800)-288-8372
You can reach them from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. any other day of the year
You can even chat or text, too! Visit their website at the link above for more information.
The USDA Poultry Hotline
Open from 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m.
You can also email them at: [email protected]
Open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST
Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
Honeysuckle White Help line
24-hour automated tip line
Day before Thanksgiving hours: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving hours: 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekday hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Day before Thanksgiving hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving hours: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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