Check out these holiday hotlines and resources for answers to your cooking questions for this beautiful Thanksgiving meal.

Holiday Cooking Hotlines – FAQs Answered


Need help with your holiday cooking and baking? Check out these cooking hotlines and web resources for answers to your questions. Many of these toll-free hotlines are active year-round. Click on the highlighted links where you will find the answers to many Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and recipes.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Cooking Hotlines

USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline
(888) 674-6854 from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Closed weekends and holidays, except Thanksgiving. Special hours of operation on Thanksgiving are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Guidelines for Sending Food Gifts to U.S. Military
Find out what you can safely send to those in the military. Further questions may be directed to USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline’s toll-free number 1-888-674-6854; Washington D.C. area (202) 720-3333. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired (TTY) is 1-800-256-7072.

Butterball Turkey Talk Line
(800) BUTTERBALL (800-288-8373) Available November 1 through December 28, weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CST; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST; Nov. 24 to Dec. 25, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

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Honeysuckle White
(800) 810-6325 Recorded answers to frequently asked turkey preparation questions.

Foster Farms
(800) 255-7227. Live operators answer your questions on this poultry cooking hotline 24 hours a day November 19 through December 1. The rest of the year, hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday.

Perdue Chicken
(800) 473-7383 Available weekdays year-round (except the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m Eastern Time. Thanksgiving week: Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, Thanksgiving Day, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m EST.

Empire Kosher
(800) 367-4734. Year-round Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST; Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m EST. Closed on Jewish and secular holidays.

Land O’ Lakes Holiday Bakeline
(800) 328-4155 Available Monday 9am – 3:30pm Central and Tuesday through Friday 8am – 3:30pm Central.

Betty Crocker
(888) ASK-BETTY (888-275-2388) Open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST weekdays; staffed year-round. This cooking hotline focuses on baking.

Campbell’s Soups Holiday Leftovers Hotline
(888) 453-3868 Open the day after Thanksgiving through December 31 for questions on leftovers; otherwise there are recorded recipes which can be faxed to you.

Fleischmann’s Yeast Baker’s Help Line
(800) 777-4959 Weekdays, 9am to 4pm CST, year round advice for bread bakers.

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Nestle Toll House Baking Information Line
(800) 637-8537 Year-round baking help, plus recipes, 24 hours a day.

Ocean Spray
(800) 662-3263. Staffed year-round, weekdays (open Thanksgiving Day; but not Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and other major holidays) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST.

ShopRite Chefs On Call
1-800-ShopRite (1-800-746-7748) and ask for the “chef on call”. Schedule: Sunday 11/24 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Monday 11/25 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday 11/26 – 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Wednesday 11/27 – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 11/28 – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Reynolds Turkey Cooking Tips
Turkey Cooking Tips for using foil and cooking bags to cook your holiday bird.

Shady Brook Farms
Tips on prepping, storing, and cooking turkey along with general turkey information.

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